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Hernando superintendent Alexander named finalist for R.I. post

Alexander Hernando school superintendent Wayne Alexander now has two promising prospects for a new job in New England.

Alexander is one of two finalists for the superintendent post in Westerly, R.I., the Westerly Sun reports.  Also in the running is Steven Welford, the superintendent in Burrillville, R.I.

The school district announced the finalists Thursday.

Alexander will visit the Westerly school district on May 20, according to the Sun. His interview is slated for that night before the board’s regular meeting.

The board plans to interview Welford on Wednesday.

Welford, Alexander and a third finalist were picked by a search committee from of a field of 15 applicants. The school board could make a decision by June 3, the Sun reports. The third finalist withdrew his name.

Alexander is also one of three finalists for the top spot in Brockton, Mass. His interview for that job is scheduled for Monday evening in Brockton. Brockton officials have said they also hope to have someone in place this summer.

That has some Hernando School Board members scratching their heads, wondering how Alexander plans to start a new job that soon even though he still vows to stay through the end of his contract in June 2010.

Alexander had said he wanted to stay in Hernando County and move his new family to Florida, but now says that a visitation dispute over his new wife’s stepchildren has forced him to change those plans and move back to New England.

The Hernando teachers union and two School Board members are eager to see Alexander go.

The Hernando Classroom Teachers Association passed a resolution last month asking the School Board to oust Alexander, saying his cost-cutting measures were irresponsible and that he has created a regime rife with favoritism.

School Board members Pat Fagan and James Yant have said it would be better for the district to cut ties with Alexander sooner rather than later and begin the search for his replacement now.

Tony Marrero, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:23am]


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