Hernando schools chief moving on
Less than two years after he arrived, superintendent Wayne Alexander told the school board Tuesday that family issues would force him to step down in July.
Last month, Alexander faced criticism for launching a New England job search without first notifying the board in writing, as his contract requires.
And he took more heat Tuesday for keeping board members in the dark about an administrative petition to forego pay raises, in light of the potential for layoffs. The board voted 3-2 to do without a 1.8 percent raise for administrators.
But the board had nothing but praise for Alexander after he announced he would leave at year's end, due to a visitation dispute involving his new wife's children in Connecticut.
"People don't like change, but sometimes it's necessary," said member Sandra Nicholson, alluding to the aggressive schedule of reforms and administrative restructuring Alexander set in motion when he arrived in July 2007.
"Sometimes that has met with resistance, and some people weren't happy about it," she added. "(But) you have started a process here and I would like nothing better than to see you finish that process."
Board members have said they may seek an interim superintendent this spring, and launch a search for a permanent replacement next fall.
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-- Tom Marshall, Times Staff Writer