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No evidence discovered in claim of coercion in Pasco superintendent's race



One of two reviews of complaints that top Pasco County school district administrators pressured subordinates to back superintendent Heather Fiorentino's reelection bid came up empty.

The district-run investigation into accusations by former Hudson Middle School assistant principal Buffey Simon against her principal and district spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli found no documentary evidence of the claims, and did not get enough corroboration from interviews to deem any wrongdoing to have taken place. See the findings attached below.

Simon said she did not believe the district looked into the issue thoroughly enough. See her statement to the district also attached below. But Romagnoli said the allegations, which she called "politically motivated," should now be put to rest.

A second investigation launched by the School Board after retired principal Barbara Munz complained that some of her friends who are district employees were being intimidated by Fiorentino's staff remains under way. Fiorentino has not been implicated for personally pressuring employees in either set of accusations.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 7:03am]


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