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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015

Blavatt declines to lead Education Foundation


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BROOKSVILLE - Former Superintendent Bryan Blavatt, who was selected by the Hernando County Education Foundation board in August to serve as its executive director, will instead redirect his role toward building membership and fundraising.

Blavatt said he first intended to do volunteer fundraising for the foundation and in that light agreed to step away from the $36,000 salaried position.

Blavatt, who retired from his superintendent post this summer, said the foundation wants a hands-on director involved in daily operations, whereas he prefers to work more behind-the-scenes.

"From my perspective, and I hope the board's perspective, this is the best of both worlds," he said. "They're saving what it would be for a director, and I'm getting to do what I want to do, which is working the county to generate more support for the foundation."

"The main thing I want to see is we get more additional funds available for teachers and students, because the way it's structured in the state, we don't get a lot in the state," he said.

Foundation President Tammy Brinker said in August the foundation has been without an executive director since February.

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