BROOKSVILLE — Don't take it as a sign he doesn't like working here, but Hernando School Board attorney Paul Carland is one of three finalists for the general counsel post for Broward County Schools.
Carland, 45, said Friday that he wasn't actively looking for his next challenge but felt compelled to apply for this position because it's in his old stomping grounds — and Broward happens to be the sixth-largest school district in the United States.
Born in West Palm Beach, Carland was raised in Broward County and earned his law degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.
He has received glowing annual evaluations from the School Board since joining the district in 2005 and told the board he was applying for the Broward post with mixed feelings.
"I've very much enjoyed working for the county and continue to enjoy my position," said Carland, who lives in Homosassa with his wife and two school-aged children. "This has just arisen as a unique opportunity."
One of the other finalists is Broward's current interim general counsel. The Broward School Board is expected to make a decision by the end of the month.
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