Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hernando County Schools likely to appoint assistant superintendent next week

BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County School District will probably get a second assistant superintendent sometime next week, capping superintendent Bryan Blavatt's long quest to add a top-ranking administrator to his staff.

Two local principals are among the three candidates left in the running for the recently created position. Five candidates initially made the cut, but two withdrew their applications.

Blavatt said he was fairly hopeful and confident that the position would be filled by one of the three candidates.

"The three that we have now are exceptional — very, very qualified," he said.

Hernando High School principal Ken Pritz and Monica Ilse, principal of Anclote High School in Pasco County, both applied for the position.

The third candidate, Andrei Ghelman, is an assistant principal in Maryland.

The job pays a maximum of $96,000, with an additional $26,000 for benefits. Whoever is chosen will join Sonya Jackson as the Hernando district's second assistant superintendent.

A divided Hernando School Board approved the position in early May as part of an effort to reorganize the district office. It was Blavatt's fourth attempt to restructure district headquarters to his liking. He said the reorganization will also save the district money.

Pritz is a longtime Hernando County educator, getting his start in the district in 1989 as an administrative intern. He moved up the ranks from teacher to assistant principal to principal. He has been principal at Hernando High School since 2008. He's also had experience as director of school services and facility and support operations for the district.

Pritz said his 22 years of administrative experience in Hernando, including seven in the district office, help make him the best candidate.

"I feel like those seven years are really key," he said.

He said he has learned the ins and outs of the district and has experience working with principals.

"I think people have tapped into what I've known a lot in the past," he said. "I think that definitely should be a benefit."

Neither Ilse nor Ghelman could be reached for comment.

Ilse got her start with Pasco in 1997 as a guidance counselor at Land O'Lakes High School and has been with the district ever since. She has served as both an assistant principal and a principal and holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of South Florida.

Ghelman has worked for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland for 17 years, including stints as a principal, an assistant principal and a mathematics teacher. At Damascus High School, where he is an assistant principal, he was lauded by his colleagues for his high expectations and for making the school operate more smoothly

Danny Valentine can be reached at dvalentine@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1432.

Hernando County Schools likely to appoint assistant superintendent next week 07/13/12 [Last modified: Friday, July 13, 2012 8:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Water Hogs: During drought, hundreds of Tampa Bay homes guzzled a gallon of water a minute

    Drought

    When Amalie Oil president Harry Barkett plunked down $6.75-million for his Bayshore Boulevard mansion, he picked up 12.5 bathrooms, a pool, a hot tub, an elevator and a deck bigger than some one-bedroom apartments.

    During one of the worst droughts in the Tampa Bay region's history, hundreds of houses used more than a gallon of water a minute. ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times

  2. PolitiFact Florida checks out Rick Baker's talking point about the growth of St. Petersburg's A-rated schools

    Elections

    Rick Baker has used mailers, forums and social media to relay one big message in his campaign for St. Petersburg mayor: Schools in St. Petersburg saw drastic improvements when he was mayor from 2001 to 2010.

    Rick Baker, candidate for St. Petersburg mayor
  3. Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelly talks family, songwriting and more before Tampa show

    Music & Concerts

    A while back at the Grammys, Charles Kelley found himself in the same room as Paul McCartney. The Lady Antebellum singer, a seven-time Grammy winner in his own right, couldn't work up the courage to say hello.

    Lady Antebellum perform at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday. Credit: Eric Ray Davidson
  4. Clearwater suspect due in court after 9 die in sweltering San Antonio truck

    Nation

    SAN ANTONIO — Nine people are dead and the death toll could rise after emergency crews pulled dozens of people from a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer Texas heat, victims of what officials said was an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong.

    San Antonio police officers investigate the scene where eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer loaded with at least 30 others outside a Walmart store in stifling summer heat in what police are calling a horrific human trafficking case, Sunday, July 23, 2017, in San Antonio. [Associated Press]
  5. Email warning ignored before St. Pete started spewing sewage

    Water

    ST. PETERSBURG — A draft report lays blame for the city's sewage crisis squarely on the administration of Mayor Rick Kriseman and a cascading series of errors that started with the now infamous shuttering of the Albert Whitted Water Reclamation Facility in 2015.

    Signs at North Shore Park in St. Petersburg warn people in September 2016 to stay out of the water due to contamination from partially treated sewage from the city's overwhelmed sewer system. St. Petersburg dumped up to 200 million gallons of sewage over 13 months from 2015-16. A new state report blames much of the crisis on mistakes made by the administration of Mayor Rick Kriseman, but also critcizes past administrations. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]