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 Route to School sidewalk projects scheduled for FY 2022

August 31, 2017 - 20:58

The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a board of combined Hernando and Citrus County elected officials. The federal government mandates that a local planning board helps in overseeing that transportation projects are designed and completed.

On Aug. 15, 2017, the MPO received an update on upcoming Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) projects in the Citrus and Hernando County area. The first project, set for Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) fiscal year (FY) 2019 will be in Crystal River, on Turkey Oak Drive, for a sidewalk leading to Crystal River High School.

Commissioners pass ordinance repealing two 70’s era laws

August 23, 2017 - 09:46

On 08/08/17, Board of County Commissioners Chairman Wayne Dukes told the audience that the Trump Administration invited local county commissioners to Washington, D.C. recently to discuss a way to improve business and the economy by reducing the number of laws that constrict free enterprise.

According to Commissioner Steven Champion, one comment that stood out to him during the visit was the Administration’s determination to repeal or remove two old laws for every new law that was being passed.

County consultant will put together plan for Shoal Line Blvd recreational area

August 22, 2017 - 10:36
Aerial of 60 acre former water treatment plant site in Hernando Beach; Hernando County Government

Just north of the Weeki Wachee Preserve is an abandoned 60-acre parcel on the eastern side of Shoal Line Boulevard owned by the county. The property had been used for utilities, but has been idle for some time. Residents have asked for a recreational area to be built, and this space could be ideal.

City of Brooksville, on the search for legal services

August 22, 2017 - 10:18

Over the past few budget sessions, the 10-year relationship between the City of Brooksville and the Hogan Law Firm has become strained. Statements from various council members and discussions during Brooksville City Council budget meetings have addressed the retainer cost and a $200,000 legal services budget item, as well as an idea for an in-house counsel.

Council members decided only on a Request For Proposal (RFP), a process by which an entity seeks candidates to fill a position or complete tasks.

County extends Republic contract, will go with carts to automate pickup

August 02, 2017 - 09:44

Since 01/02/12, Republic Services has been the sole provider for waste and recycling collection services to Hernando County. The contract includes four weekly pickups: two days of garbage and various rubbish items, yard waste to be left at the curbside once a week, and one pickup of recyclable material. (This is called 2-1-1 service.) Recyclables are further broken down to plastics and paper/cardboard products which must be placed in separate containers.

Counteracting $2.5 million county general fund budget deficit

July 26, 2017 - 08:36

“I’m pleased to announce that right now we have a balanced budget.” Those opening words from Budget Manager Pamela Lee were followed by, “The libraries are in there.” Following last week’s meetings with the commissioners individually, Lee prepared her presentation.

The General Fund showed an initial deficit of $1.8 million. New employees (who were hired with an effective date of 04/01/17), what Lee called “re-classes” and funds toward other organizations (such as AmSkills) increased the deficit by approximately $700,000, with a total new deficit figure of $2.5 million.

2017-2018 proposed bell schedule

June 15, 2017 - 18:05

Though school is out for teachers and students, the School Board and other staff continue to work through the summer months to prepare for the next school year. One of the changes proposed at the 05/30/17 workshop was of interest to students: approval of the bell schedule.

Students shouldn’t get too excited, though. Elementary times are not changing, and the start times for middle and high schools are not much later.

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