Hernando superintendent Alexander gets tough questions from prospective employer
Hernando schools superintendent Wayne Alexander faced tough questions from the School Board in Brockton, Mass., on Monday night about his tendency to jump from job to job and recent controversy that has roiled the Hernando school district.
Alexander is one of three finalists for the superintendent position in the school district about 15 miles south of Boston. Alexander’s job history – eight administrative positions since 1990 – “raised a red flag,” Brockton School Board member Richard Bath said.
Many of the moves were due to promotions, Alexander replied. His job hunt now after just two years in Hernando is something he didn’t plan for or anticipate, Alexander said.
"My plan was to spend the rest of my life in Florida and be a superintendent on the West Coast of Florida, and then I fell in love, like many of you have fallen in love, and life changes,” he told the school committee. “It is my desire and my need to relocate to New England, and that’s why I’m here. It’s my desire to settle down, and I thought I had settled down.”
Alexander has drawn fire from two Hernando School Board members in recent months for not being up front about his job search. He has said he needs to move to New England because of a visitation dispute over his new wife’s stepchildren, who live in Connecticut.
Brockton board members didn’t specifically mention the recent effort by the Hernando teachers union to oust Alexander for what the union called rash and unnecessary budget cutting measures and for fostering an environment of favoritism.
But one member did ask about controversy in Hernando.
Alexander said the district is “going through a horrific experience financially” and that he has made tough decisions to cut the budget and reassign school administrators.
“I think I’ve been an agent of change,” he told the board.
Times Staff Writer