Candidate for superintendent backs out
BROOKSVILLE – A candidate to be superintendent of schools in Hernando County has withdrawn his application, a day after the St. Petersburg Times confronted him with evidence he'd misrepresented facts on his resume.
School Board Chairman Pat Fagan said he'd been prepared to call an emergency meeting to consider disqualifying Craig Bangtson, but the candidate's withdrawal Thursday made that unnecessary.
"I was going to recommend that we as a board do something, once I read it in the newpaper this morning," Fagan said. "I personally didn't feel we needed to be spending money on someone who lied on his application and misrepresented himself to the board."
Bangtson, a consultant and retired superintendent from Kentucky, claimed on his Hernando resume that he worked three years as superintendent of the Bartow County Schools in Georgia, from July of 2002 through June 2005.
But residents and the local newspaper in Georgia told a different story: that Bangtson was hired there in June of 2003, following a yearlong "retirement" between jobs, and lost his job 18 months later following allegations of abusive behavior toward subordinates.
Bangtson was one of six finalists scheduled to be flown to Florida Wednesday for interviews to replace the retiring Superintendent Wendy Tellone.
Read today's story from the Times: Hole in resume may trip finalist