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Hernando school superintendent Wayne Alexander has two job prospects in New England

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando school superintendent Wayne Alexander now has at least two promising prospects for employment in New England.

Alexander is one of two finalists for the superintendent's post in Westerly, R.I., said Edward Myers, a consultant with the New England School Development Council, on Friday. The council is a nonprofit corporation that helps districts find superintendents.

Alexander is scheduled for an interview May 20 with the Westerly School Board, which hopes to have a superintendent in place by summer.

Next week, Alexander will head north for yet another job interview.

He is one of three finalists for the top spot in the Brockton, Mass., school system, and his interview for that job will be Monday evening in Brockton. Officials there have said they, too, hope to have someone in place this summer.

Hernando School Board members Pat Fagan, James Yant and John Sweeney all said Friday that Alexander had not informed them that he's been short-listed for the Rhode Island job.

"It would have been nice if he would have told us," Fagan said.

Alexander should have sent an e-mail to board members as soon as he learned of his status in Westerly, Yant said.

"I'm concerned about the information he keeps from me," Yant said.

Board member Sandra Nicholson said Alexander told her during their weekly meeting Tuesday. Chairwoman Dianne Bonfield did not return calls seeking comment Friday.

The issue of notification became a sticking point for Fagan and Yant in February when the board found out Alexander was a finalist to lead the Framingham (Mass.) Public Schools.

Then, last month, the board learned he was on the short list for the Brockton job.

Fagan and Yant were not pleased, saying that even though Alexander had already informed the Board that he's looking for jobs — a stipulation required by his contract — he also has a responsibility to notify board members when he makes it to the final round of a job search.

Sweeney said such a strict timetable is unnecessary.

"If he wants to tell me right away, that's fine. If it takes a few days, that's fine," he said.

Sweeney said it's time to accept that Alexander may go before his contract ends on June 30, 2010. But he said he feels confident Alexander would stay until a replacement is in place.

The board this week approved a timetable for a search that aims to have a new superintendent hired by February.

Alexander did not return calls seeking comment Friday.

Alexander has said he wants to stay in Hernando and to move his new family here. He maintains that a visitation dispute between his wife and her ex-husband over the couple's children has forced him to change those plans and look for jobs in New England.

Also in the running for the Westerly post is Steven Welford, the superintendent in Burrillville, R.I., about 20 miles from Providence. Welford's interview is set for Wednesday.

The Westerly school district comprises seven schools — five elementary schools, a middle school and a high school — and about 3,400 students. The salary range for the job is $115,000 to $137,000, Myers said.

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

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