Kathryn Dentato

Kathryn Dentato
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Ms. Dentato earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1991 from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida. She worked as an elementary school teacher in Hillsborough County for many years and currently works as an Adoptions Case Management Coordinator in Brooksville. She is excited to also be part of the Hernando Sun team, bringing local news in government and education to Hernando County residents.

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Safe Routes to School and Quality Drive Sidewalks

Local Agency Program (LAP) agreements were approved between the Florida DOT and Hernando County to pay for updated sidewalks under the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. Under the agreement, Assistant County Administrator Brian Malmberg stated the DOT will reimburse the County for costs of the design, up to the maximum amount approved for each of the two projects.

Water and wastewater treatment rate increases tabled indefinitely

Hernando Counties Utilities Director Gordon Onderdonk presented information to the BOCC about proposed increases in the water and wastewater rates for the next three fiscal years. It would be part of the PILOF, or Payment in Lieu of Franchise Fees, which allows the utilities department to use the right of way for the water/sewer lines, fire hydrants, etc. The PILOF is made to the County’s General Fund.

Dollars for dogs: love is the answer

photography by Elizabeth Dentato

Ten year old Harrison is the founder of Dollars for Dogs.

One of the most powerful commercials I recall seeing was of children following adults and imitating their actions. It ended with the tagline: Make your influence positive.

It’s a simple concept, but it requires adults to be conscious of their acts and consistent in providing good examples. That is what Mandy Celt has done. Mandy runs ASAP Rescue, which quite literally takes small animals from the euthanasia lists at animal shelters – abandoned pets, the injured or old, the throwaways.

Sidewalks to somewhere

Safe roads to school sidewalk projects underway for Spring Hill and Deltona Elementary Schools

Assistant County Administrator Brian Malmberg discussed new sidewalk projects before the BOCC on 12/06/16. The Local Agency Program (LAP) agreement works in conjunction with the Department of Transportation(DOT) and the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

Under the Safe Routes to Schools Sidewalk Project, Malmberg said the process takes several years from the ranking of the project in order of importance (or safety), then funding the design, and then the project can begin. Malmberg explained that the steps involved: design, permit, and build, each in successive years.

Field to be named in honor of Coach Ernie Chatman

photography by Alice Mary Herden

Coach Ernie Chatman

Ernie Chatman, the remarkable and beloved coach, left an impact on so many lives. The City of Brooksville wanted to commemorate his 40-year legacy in a way that would be meaningful. Council member Frankie Burnett had the perfect suggestion: name a field at Tom Varn park after Chatman.

School District Updates

Allison Selg, Nature Coast Technical High School Senior, is the School Board Student Representative. Photo by Karsen Nielsen

Update from Allison Selg, School Board Student Representative

Student Representative Allison Selg highlighted events and happenings from elementary to high schools at the 11/22 school board meeting. In keeping with November’s Anti-Bullying theme, Brooksville Elementary School has instituted a buddy system. According to Selg, the buddy system pairs students with disabilities with other students. It gives them an opportunity to socialize by having breakfast with a friend and cuts down on incidents of bullying.

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