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Hernando County school superintendent finalist for Massachusetts job

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BROOKSVILLE - It seems Hernando County superintendent Wayne Alexander is still looking for work in New England.

School officials in Massachusetts confirmed this morning that he is one of three finalists to become superintendent of the Brockton Public Schools in suburban Boston. 

It's not the first time Alexander has been caught in a quiet job search. And the news comes on the heels of a call for Alexander's firing yesterday by the Hernando teachers' union.

Less than two years into the job, Alexander surprised at least a few School Board members in January after word leaked out that he was a finalist to lead the Framingham (Mass.) Public Schools. Both a former and current board member said he hadn't told them of that job search until shortly before he was named a finalist, in an apparent violation of his contract.

In February, Alexander announced he would resign in order to join his new wife and family, who were locked in a contentious custody battle, in Connecticut. But he reversed himself a week later and said he was committed to remaining in Hernando until his contract expires in June 2010.

Now it appears he has reversed himself once again. Brockton school officials say they need a leader this summer to replace the retiring Basan Nembirkow. On Tuesday, the district named Alexander as a finalist, along with candidates from Nevada and Easton, Mass., according to the Enterprise newspaper in Brockton.

That was the same day the Hernando Classroom Teachers' Association union adopted a resolution calling on the School Board to dismiss Alexander. The union blamed Alexander for what it described as plummeting morale in the district, and said he was ignoring budget realities and playing favorites in moving to terminate around 200 teachers this spring.

For further details and updates, visit the tampabay.com or read tomorrow's St. Petersburg Times.

Tom Marshall, Times staff writer
 
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