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Hernando schools chief woos new district



BROOKSVILLE -- Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander has been talking to two school boards lately, and each district is hearing a slightly different message about where he wants to work.

He told the Hernando County School Board that he wants to stay right where he is.

But during a job interview today with the Framingham (Mass.) Public Schools., he said his heart lies in New England, where he grew up.

"It brings me back home," he said, referring to the higher-paying district in suburban Boston. "I'm from Massachusetts, I know Massachusetts. Being home is my number one priority."

In a letter to his Hernando bosses, Alexander said he is being forced to seek work in New England due to a visitation dispute involving his new wife's children, and that he would try to convince a court to let him stay in Florida even if he gets a job up North.

"My wife and I want to raise our children in Hernando County," he wrote. "I am very proud of our schools and community. It is a great place to raise kids."

Needless to say, Hernando board members are in a pickle. For the complete story and updates, read tomorrow's Hernando section of the St. Petersburg Times or visit

-- Tom Marshall, Times staff writer, and Kristi Ceccarossi, Times correspondent

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:11am]


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