Top Hernando, Pasco officials seek Hernando administrative post
BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County could pick a new assistant superintendent as early as next week, says superintendent Bryan Blavatt.
Two local principals are among the three left in the running for the recently-created assistant superintendent position. Five initially made the cut, but two since withdrew their applications.
Blavatt said he was fairly hopeful and confident the position will be filed by one of these three candidates.
"The three that we have now are exceptional," he said. "Very, very qualified."
Hernando High School principal Ken Pritz and Monica Ilse, principal of Anclote High School in Pasco County, both applied for the district’s second assistant superintendent position.
The job pays a maximum of $96,000 with an additional $26,000 for benefits.
The third candidate, Andrei Ghelman, is an assistant principal in Maryland.
A divided Hernando School board approved the job in early May as part of an effort to reorganize the district office. It was Blavatt's fourth attempt to reorganize the structure of the district office to his liking.
Pritz is a longtime Hernando County educator, getting his start in the district in 1989 as an administrative intern. He moved up the ranks within the district from teacher to assistant principal to principal. He’s been principal of Hernando High School since 2008. He’s also had experience as the director of school services and facility and support operations within the county.
Ilse got her start with Pasco County in 1997 as a guidance counselor at Land O’Lakes High School and has been with the district since. She’s served as both an assistant principal and principal and holds a doctor of education in educational leadership from the University of South Florida. Since getting her doctorate, she has pursued several higher level posts, including Pasco human resources director.
Ghelman has worked for Montgomery County public Schools in Maryland for 17 years, including stints as principal and assistant principal.