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Controversial Eastside Elementary assistant principal's job is eliminated

BROOKSVILLE — A controversial elementary school assistant principal who was reassigned last year after teachers complained about his management style likely won't be returning to an administrative position.

Dominick Ferello's assistant principal post at Eastside Elementary, the only one at the school, is slated for elimination and he is not being recommended for reappointment to another administrative position, superintendent Bryan Blavatt confirmed Friday.

Blavatt declined to comment extensively on what factored into the decision but noted there were few, if any, open administrative positions in the district that he could consider for Ferello.

Blavatt also would not comment on his impression of Ferello's performance. Ferello, 56, has been on medical leave for the past several weeks and Eastside principal Bev Chapin has not completed his final evaluation, Blavatt said.

Neither Chapin nor Ferello returned calls for comment Friday.

Last year, more than a dozen teachers at Westside Elementary sent scathing letters to then-interim superintendent Sonya Jackson's office describing Ferello as a surly, heavy-handed leader who used intimidation to manage the staff. The teachers union threatened to hold a no-confidence vote on Ferello but decided not to after Blavatt reassigned him to Eastside.

Ferello disputed the teachers' allegations. He acknowledged that he could be loud but said people were upset because he challenged the status quo at the school. Then-superintendent Wayne Alexander reassigned Ferello to Westside in 2009 after longtime principal Chuck Johnson retired. Alexander hired Ferello the previous year to open the new Explorer K-8, where he faced similar accusations of rough treatment of staff.

Only one other Hernando administrator was not recommended for reappointment. Joy Greene will not return to the assistant principal post at Powell Middle School. Blavatt said the decision was based on "the advice from the principal and evaluations and a number of issues."

Greene served as assistant principal at Nature Coast Technical High School for three years before her reassignment to Powell in 2009. She could not be reached for comment Friday.

The School Board will consider the administrative reappointment recommendations at a special meeting Thursday.

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