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Appoint or elect? Talk of electing Hernando superintendent getting new life.



 BROOKSVILLE — It’s a question that has lingered since Hernando voters last weighed in on the topic more than two decades ago:

Should the county appoint or elect its school district superintendent?

The issue is getting new life thanks to a School Board candidate who is making a push for an elected superintendent one of the central pillars of his campaign.

There are plenty of good reasons why a superintendent should be elected by voters rather than appointed by the School Board, says Robert Neuhausen, one of four candidates vying for the seat left open by James Yant, who is not seeking re-election.

The big advantage, Neuhausen says: public accountability.

“It’s going to cause that person to address issues and answer questions in front of the public,” he said.

Click here to read more about the issue, including opinions from current board members and superintendent Bryan Blavatt.

[Last modified: Friday, June 15, 2012 5:40pm]


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