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Hernando schools to again seek new chief financial officer

BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County School District is in the market for a new chief financial officer — again.

John Wilkinson, named to the position in April, told the district on Tuesday that he can no longer take the position and that he and his family need to return to Ohio. His first day with the district was supposed to be May 28.

Married with four children, Wilkinson said his wife was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and that its symptoms are triggered by heat and humidity. After talking it over, Wilkinson and his wife decided it would be best to return to the Cincinnati area. They'll be close to family and felt it was the best situation to manage the illness.

Wilkinson, 48, said his wife, Cindy, went to the doctor shortly after he accepted the job. She was diagnosed two weeks ago, with the final test results coming back on Monday.

"It was a shocker to me," he said.

Wilkinson is currently the chief financial officer at All Saints Academy in Winter Haven, a position he has held since September. Before that, he worked in three different school districts, all in Ohio.

The Hernando chief financial officer position is already being advertised on the district's website.

This will be the third attempt to fill the administrative position vacated by Desiree Henegar in January, when she resigned amid a scandal over a sex blog she updated while at work.

The first search ended when none of the 11 candidates who applied met the district's needs.

Hernando County superintendent Bryan Blavatt said the news about Wilkinson was unfortunate. Blavatt said the district is looking at several options, including hiring financial consultants to help in the short term.

Danny Valentine can be reached at dvalentine@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1432. On Twitter: @HernandoTimes.

Hernando schools to again seek new chief financial officer 05/08/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 9, 2013 10:52am]
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