BROOKSVILLE — Superintendent Wayne Alexander may have jumped the gun in launching a search for a new job, but School Board members were in no mood Tuesday to call him on the apparent contract violation.
"Until and unless it becomes something we have to deal with, it's a private issue," said member Sandra Nicholson, "Even superintendents and school board members should have private issues and not have to air every detail that's going on."
Several current and former members said Alexander failed to notify them promptly and in writing when he sent an application in the fall to lead the Framingham (Mass.) public schools, as his contract requires. Failure to do so is grounds for termination, according to that agreement.
In a letter, Alexander told the board he hoped to remain in his current job indefinitely, but was being forced to seek work in New England due to a visitation dispute involving his new wife's children.
But former Hernando board member Jim Malcolm said he never got the letter before his term expired Nov. 17, and his successor, James Yant, said he didn't see it until Dec. 17 or 18.
Framingham school officials confirmed that Alexander filed his application prior to the Nov. 6 deadline for the job, for which he failed to make the final interview round.
Yant raised the issue at a Tuesday workshop, saying the board would be under a cloud in the eyes of the public until the question was discussed openly.
Pat Fagan was one of several members who suggested appointing an assistant superintendent to prepare for the possibility of Alexander's departure, "with the condition that it's not going to cost the district any additional money."
But later he said the board would need to keep a close eye on their superintendent's job hunt. "We need to pay closer attention," Fagan said.