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Hernando school superintendent whittles raise request

BROOKSVILLE — School superintendent Wayne Alexander still has the highest regard for his job performance since he took office last summer, but he has backed away from his request for a double-digit

pay raise.

In a memo to the School Board this week, Alexander requested a base salary increase of 5.5 percent, significantly less than the 14 percent he initially suggested. A 5.5 percent increase would boost his pay by $6,545, from $119,000 to $125,545.

By comparison, Hernando County teachers this year received a 6.04 percent pay raise, while staff and administrators got a 5.5 percent increase.

The School Board is scheduled to review Alexander's contract on Tuesday.

Alexander pointed out in his memo that the average salary of Florida superintendents in districts comparable in size to Hernando County's this year was $140,603 and is expected to climb to $148,000. He noted that if his request for a 5.5 percent raise is granted, his salary would still be below that average "but is a move in the right direction.''

The superintendent also has scaled back his request for a raise in his monthly car and business expense allowance. Instead of the $950 he had been seeking, Alexander is willing to accept $700 per month. He also would like to have his salary and automobile allowances combined for retirement benefit purposes.

Alexander, who started work in Hernando in August, rated his performance this school year as excellent.

"I was able to learn a great deal at a rapid pace and provided the leadership necessary for our district to successfully complete many goals and objectives.''

Noting that he started as a "rookie,'' Alexander said he feels like a "seasoned veteran.'' He also said his accomplishments would not be possible without the hard work of the 3,500 district employees and the community.

Hernando school superintendent whittles raise request 05/02/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 11:55am]
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