Hernando superintendent may know if he got R.I. job, but public doesn't
BROOKSVILLE - Hernando schools chief Wayne Alexander may already know whether he got the superintendent job in the Westerly, R.I., school district, but the public will have to wait another day or two to find out.
Westerly School Board members met behind closed doors Wednesday night and emerged with an announcement that they had decided which of two finalists will get the job offer.
Board chairman James Murano Jr. said the district would make the offer and start negotiations as early as today. He said an announcement could come by Friday. Steven Welford, the superintendent in Burrillville, R.I., is the other finalist.
Alexander is looking for jobs in New England because his new wife and stepchildren live in Connecticut. Alexander has told the Hernando School Board that his family cannot join him here because of a child vistiation dispute between his wife and her ex-husband.
Alexander is also one of five finalists for the top spot in Brockton, Mass. That district still has one more finalist to interview.
Officials in both school districts say they need their new superintendent to start this summer. Alexander's contract ends in June 2010. He has said he won't leave Hernando until his replacement is in place, but the board has approved a search timetable to have his successor in place by February.
Times staff writer