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Hernando School Board chooses Martin County admin Lori Romano to head district

14

March

BROOKSVILLE — Superintendent candidate Lori Romano needed to wow the Hernando County School Board in her interview Thursday morning.

She did just that.

In a decision that caught many in the district off guard, board members chose an administrator with Martin County Public Schools, Lori Romano, to lead the Hernando school system and guide it through Florida’s rapidly changing educational landscape.

The board on Thursday voted 3-2 to enter into negotiations with Romano, who is the current director of adult, community, secondary and virtual education programs in Martin.

“If I knew that the school system would be the same in the next five years as it has been in the last five, there would be no doubt I would go with an inside person,” said School Board vice chairman Gus Guadagnino during board deliberations. “But knowing that the education system that we’re entering is going into uncharted waters ... I have to stay with my first pick and go with the person I believe knows those uncharted waters.”

Board members Dianne Bonfield and John Sweeney joined Guadagnino in casting the deciding votes. Board chairman Matt Foreman and board member Cynthia Moore voted against Romano. Both supported Hernando assistant superintendent Ken Pritz, who failed in his third bid to become superintendent of the district he’s worked in for more than three decades.

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[Last modified: Thursday, March 14, 2013 6:25pm]

    

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