Hernando School District Board Member Jimmy Lodato cited the District’s accomplishments amid his defeat for re-election by Shannon Rodriguez in the Aug. 23 election. Rodriguez topped incumbent Lodato by a 7653 vote margin.
In acknowledging Rodriguez’s win, Lodato praised the District’s accomplishments including the half-cent sales tax initiative to repair schools, the establishment of the Wilton Simpson Technical College, and the School Resource Officer (SRO) program that places deputies from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on duty in public schools in the county. “I am proud of our accomplishments,” Lodato said after the election. “(These accomplishments represent) the greatest opportunity for our children ever and I leave this district with pride – God bless our children.”
Rodriguez is the vice president of the Hernando County Education Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that seeks out financial support to meet the unfunded needs of public schools in Hernando County.
She was unavailable to comment on her election to the School Board.