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Politics? Or poor performance? Bradford superintendent fires her opponent



Although the biggest Florida school districts appoint their superintendents, more than half of the districts still elect their chief executive. In some cases, barely a ripple occurs. In others, politics rages.

In tiny Bradford County, for instance, the current superintendent has decided to fire her election opponent and his wife from their school vice principal jobs. The Florida Times-Union reports today:

The superintendent of Bradford County Schools didn't renew the contracts of a man and his pregnant wife, both high school vice principals, after the husband filed to run against the superintendent.

Superintendent Beth Moore essentially fired Chad Farnsworth and his wife, Jennifer, from their jobs at Bradford County High after Farnsworth declared his ambition to unseat Moore.

Chad Farnsworth wouldn't say much about what happened, but he did say Moore's decision wasn't in the best interest of the county's students.

"To me it seemed that she was unhappy with my decision to enter the political race," he said.

See the full story here.

[Last modified: Sunday, July 1, 2012 9:26am]


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