Hernando School Board debates nepotism, superintendent’s contract
The Hernando County School Board's Tuesday workshop was all about family.
Specifically, about whether incoming superintendent Lori Romano's contract should include language preventing her family members from working in the district.
Romano's husband, Tim, is an educator.
The anti-nepotism language is in outgoing superintendent Bryan Blavatt's contract, and meant that neither his children or wife, all educators, could work in the district. It was also in the previous superintendent's contract.
Board members were sharply divided on the issue.
Three School Board members were in favor of relaxing the contract language to allow family members to work in the district in some capacity. The other two board members were against it.
Eventually - despite the support - the board opted to leave the contract language as it has been, indicating they would be open to changes in the future
But it might not be as big of a deal as they think.
Romano, on Friday, told the Tampa Bay Times that her husband won't be seeking a position in the district. She said she feels it would be "inappropriate."
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