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Hernando School Board member pans principal transfer



BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County School Board member Cynthia Moore had some harsh words Tuesday night about the transfer of a principal, Tim Urban, to Endeavor Academy, the district’s alternative school.

“In my opinion, I don’t think he is capable of doing it,” Moore said .

In July, superintendent Lori Romano removed Urban as principal at Eastside Elementary School after the school became the first in the county’s history to receive an F grade from the state. He had been in the position for a year.

Urban then served a brief stint in the district office as a principal on special assignment. He was transferred to Endeavor on Sept. 23.

Moore did not reference Urban’s performance at Eastside in her brief comments, which came as the board considered approving a host of the superintendent’s personnel recommendations. She took issue with a portfolio she said he did not complete in a timely manner.

“When he was made principal of Eastside Elementary School, he was told — and it was not a requirement — but he was told he had a year to do his portfolio. He did not do that,” Moore said. 

She said that the assistant principals are all told they have to do portfolios before they can advance.

“I just don’t think that he can do the job,” Moore said. “The school where he was put was going along wonderfully. It was doing great. It had come up.”

“I just don’t want to see the school where he’s been moved to come down with his lack of ability,” she said.

The board ultimately decided to pass Romano’s personnel recommendations by a 3-2 vote. Moore and board member Dianne Bonfield voted against approving the recommendations.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 11:49am]


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