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Hernando schools chief out of contention in Brockton, Mass.

BROOKSVILLE -- Hernando schools boss Wayne Alexander is out of contention for another New England superintendent job.

The school board in Brockton, Mass., narrowed its list of finalists from five to three Monday night, cutting Alexander and another candidate, Vice Chairman Richard Bath said Tuesday.

School Board members took a roll call vote in a special meeting to narrow the field, Bath said.

Bath made the announcement Tuesday after notifying Alexander and the other finalist, Arthur Stellar, the superintendent in Taunton, Mass.  

"He wished us well, and we wished him well," Bath said of his phone call to Alexander.

Alexander was one of two finalists for the top post in Westerly, R.I., but the School Board there picked the other candidate last week.

Alexander has been hunting for New England jobs for about six months.

He had planned to stay in Hernando and move his new family here. But he now maintains that a child visitation dispute between his wife and her ex-husband has forced him to change those plans and move back to New England.

Two Hernando School Board members have said Alexander has been less than up front with about his job search.

Pat Fagan and James Yant also say it's time to cut ties with Alexander now rather than have him finish his contract, which expires next year. They maintain that he shouldn't be making decisions that could affect the district in the long term, but a majority of the five-member board still supports him.

Tony Marrero, Times Staff Writer

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

    

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