Hernando stays in-house for assistant superintendent
BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando school district didn't have to look far for its new second-in-command.
Sonya Jackson, who until today had been serving as the district's school services director, has been tapped to fill the newly created assistant superintendent post.
A seven-member committee of parents, teachers, district staffers and community members recommended that superintendent Wayne Alexander pick Jackson out of seven finalists.
"The committee decided unanimously that by far she was the strongest candidate to meet our needs," Alexander said this afternoon.
Among the finalists were two other in-house candidates: curriculum supervisor Jeff Yungmann and professional development supervisor Barbara Kidder.
Jackson, in her 20th year in the education field, came to the district in 2004, bringing school-level administration experience from Putnam County. She has a master’s degree in educational leadership and is working toward a doctoral degree in administrative leadership from Walden University in Minneapolis.
Jackson said holding a superintendent position is a goal she'd set during her teaching days in the early 1990s.
"I’m very excited about the superintendent giving me this opportunity to support this district," she said.
It's been several years since the district has had an assistant superintendent. When the School Board decided this year to resurrect the position, Jackson said she'd be a natural fit for the job because the school services director position is being eliminated and most of those duties will be taken over by the assistant superintendent.
The salary set for the assistant superintendent job is $96,832, an increase from Jackson's current salary of $90,167.
Jackson's hiring creates a vacancy at one of Hernando's four high schools. Alexander had tapped Jackson back in March to take the principal post this year at Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville. She was to start tomorrow.
Alexander said the district will advertise for that position, which will likely attract applicants from within the district.