Hernando's two assistant superintendents now among those vying for top job
The search to replace outgoing Hernando County schools superintendent Bryan Blavatt is starting to feel a little like deja vu.
Ken Pritz and Sonya Jackson, the district’s two assistant superintendents, are now both officially in the running for the job.
Both Pritz and Jackson competed for the position before eventually losing out to Blavatt, who will retire this summer from the job he took less than three years ago.
This search is a bit different. For one thing, both educators now hold different titles. The last go around, Pritz was a principal at Hernando High. Jackson was the interim superintendent.
The two assistant superintendents now split the job of overseeing most of the district’s departments.
Pritz is is in charge of teaching and learning, and is responsible for working with principals, overseeing the technology department, the district’s instructional TV network, adult education, the curriculum department and the department of school improvement.
Jackson is in charge of student support operations, including student support services, exceptional student education, transportation, facilities, maintenance, and safety and security.
Blavatt, who is retiring at the end of June, is credited for grooming a successor in his previous job in Kentucky. When he was appointed in Hernando, School Board members said they hoped his mentoring would bring forth a person to eventually take his place.
Sixteen other candidates have applied for the job through Nov. 28.
The deadline to apply for the superintendent position is Jan. 9, 2013. That’s more than a month longer than the original deadline of Nov. 30.
The district was forced to extend the application period after the School Board unexpectedly changed the superintendent job description at a recent meeting.
The initial job description called for all candidates to have a master’s degree in education. Board members later reversed that decision and now only are requiring a master’s degree in education or a related field. With little guidance as to what exactly constitutes a related field, the district is basically accepting all candidates with master’s degrees.
People interested in following the search should click here for more information on the (now revised) timeline, the job requirements and other tidbits.
Candidate applications can be viewed here.