Given a chance to weigh in on the ongoing superintendent search, Hernando residents don't show
The Hernando County School Board held a special hearing Tuesday evening to give residents a chance to weigh in on the ongoing search to replace retiring superintendent Bryan Blavatt.
They advertised it online, in newspapers, on the radio radio, on local TV. They sent out a district-wide e-mail. They put it on their marquee.
But when the floor was finally opened for public comment, all they heard was silence.
Nobody spoke. Almost nobody showed up.
The hearing lasted all of about 10 minutes.
“Rather disappointed the folks from the public haven’t come to address what is one of the most important positions in county,” said board Chairman Matt Foreman near the end of the meeting.
He then invited any members of the public to contact him or any other board members about what they would like to see in the next superintendent.
The district has so far received 20 applications for the position, including 12 from out of state, said Heather Martin, the district's executive director of business services. Eight come from within
Among those applying are current assistant superintendents Ken Pritz and Sonya Jackson.
The deadline to apply for the position is Jan. 9. The new superintendent is slated to begin July 1.