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Former Gulf High principal blasts Pasco superintendent Fiorentino

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Imerson More than a year ago, Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino tossed Tom Imerson out of the Gulf High principal's chair, where he had sat for more than six years. She didn't say much about the move, and neither did he.

Imerson left the district within months, and that appeared to be the end of the story. Until now.

Today, Imerson has a scathing letter to the editor in the Pasco Times, in which he rips Fiorentino for her management style. The impetus for his ire? Fiorentino's moves in the district communication office, where she banished Imerson after taking him out of Gulf.

He begins:

"Since leaving the Pasco County school system last August, I have read many articles about superintendent Heather Fiorentino's actions. The more I read and the more I hear about her decisions, the more I realize how incompetent and untruthful she is. I am concerned that she is having a tremendously negative effect on the district."

He continues on to offer some insights into his own dealings with Fiorentino in his final months with the district.

"In my own case, at the time of my transfer from Gulf High School to the board office, she told the board I was to be part of her restructuring initiative. Restructuring initiative? Superintendent Fiorentino never spoke to me prior to my transfer nor after my transfer about my role in the restructuring she was supposedly undertaking. In fact, until I asked for an exit interview with her, which took place four days prior to my retirement, she and I never spoke after December 2007, except for a few 'hellos' in the hallways. I was placed in the Communications Department to supervise the volunteer program!"

Check out the whole letter (fourth down), and know that he signed it "retired ... and loving it."

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:34am]

    

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