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Former Hernando School Board member won't seek to be interim superintendent

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Malcolm BROOKSVILLE -- Former Hernando School Board member Jim Malcolm says he is enjoying retirement too much to serve as the district’s interim superintendent.

Malcolm, who had prepared a resume and letter of interest for the post and was slated to go before the School Board on Tuesday afternoon, said he changed his mind.

The 66-year-old Malcolm said he came to the decision after a long telephone talk with his wife, Louise, a private-duty nurse working in Cape Cod, Mass., this summer.

“Finally, I’m getting to the point where I’m easing into this life called retirement and, though I think I could have helped, from our own standpoint personally it was too much of a challenge to take on at this stage of the game,” Malcolm said.

He called board attorney Paul Carland on Tuesday morning to let him know he would not be attending the board's 2 p.m. workshop.

Malcolm could have held the job for as many as nine months. The board has already approved a timetable to have a permanent replacement for current superintendent Wayne Alexander in place by July 1.

Malcolm served on the School Board for 16 years, and his wife made a good point, he said.

“She said, ‘You know, Jim, in the past you’ve dealt with your (board meeting agenda) packet; you did fairly well at it. Now you would be responsible for all of it. Is that something at this stage that you really want?’ ”

Malcolm, who has several trips planned in the coming months – including a flight to Massachusetts and a leisurely drive back to Florida with his wife – decided the answer was no.

Edward Poore, a former district employee and the favored candidate of Chairwoman Dianne Bonfield, also has expressed interest in the job. He is out of town and will not be attending the Tuesday afternoon workshop.

Some board members contend current assistant superintendent Sonya Jackson should take the position. Among them is board member Pat Fagan. But when Bonfield recommended Poore during a special meeting last week, Fagan suggested Malcolm.

The board voted during that meeting to part ways with Alexander. His contract was set to expire June 30. His last day is now Sept. 11.

Tony Marrero, Times Staff Writer 

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

    

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