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Hernando School Board expected to vote on interim superintendent to replace Wayne Alexander

BROOKSVILLE — The School Board will have at least two outside candidates to choose from today for the role as interim superintendent.

Former board member Jim Malcolm said Monday that he has prepared a resume and a letter of interest for the job and plans to show up at a 2 p.m. workshop to talk about how he might help the current board members — four of whom he has served alongside — as their temporary chief executive.

Former district employee Edward Poore also has submitted his resume and letter, School Board attorney Paul Carland said. There were no other names on the list near close of business Monday, Carland said.

"I think I have the most recent experience — knowing the district, knowing the issues, knowing the problems, knowing the personalities — to assist," Malcolm said.

Malcolm, who stepped down last year after 16 years on the board, said he thought about the decision over the weekend.

School Board member Pat Fagan recommended Malcolm last Thursday after the board approved an agreement to part ways with superintendent Wayne Alexander nine months before his contract was to expire. Chairwoman Dianne Bonfield told board members that she asked board attorney Paul Carland to contact Poore to gauge his interest.

Poore, of Brooksville, worked for the district from 1971 to 1993 and from 1997 to 2005. He started as a teacher at Hernando High and held positions of principal, assistant superintendent for personnel, director of human resources and staff development, and executive director of support operations.

Poore couldn't be reached for comment Monday. He states in his letter to the board that he won't be at today's meeting because of a prior commitment, but he wants the job.

"I am confident that my experience, history as a previous administrator in the district, and my passion for students and the educational system will meet your needs," Poore wrote.

The board is expected to discuss the interim position during the afternoon workshop. A formal vote is expected during a special meeting on the issue slated for 6 p.m.

Assistant superintendent Sonya Jackson said Monday she still wasn't sure whether she would offer herself as an interim because she plans to apply for the permanent post and doesn't want to jeopardize her chances. Bonfield indicated last week that the interim superintendent should not be someone within the district and should not be intent on keeping the post.

Not every board member agreed with that, though. Fagan and board member James Yant said Jackson is the right person for the job.

Board member John Sweeney said Monday he would support bringing in Poore or Malcolm to serve as a temporary No. 2 under Jackson. Jackson, after all, is certified as an administrator and Malcolm and Poore are not, Sweeney said. "What message would that send our current employees?" he said.

Tony Marrero can be reached at tmarrero@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1431.

Hernando School Board expected to vote on interim superintendent to replace Wayne Alexander 08/31/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 31, 2009 6:56pm]
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