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New assistant superintendent named for Hernando schools

BROOKSVILLE — A veteran administrator and current high school principal in St. Lucie County has been named the Hernando County School District's assistant superintendent of academic services.

K. Alan Cox will take over the position, superintendent Lori Romano announced this week. It has been vacant since December, when Ken Pritz was removed. Cox will join Sonya Jackson, the assistant superintendent over district operations, as the district's second in command.

Cox, 61, beat out three other finalists, including curriculum supervisor Marcia Austin, who was the lone district employee to make the final cut. A fifth finalist withdrew his name.

The search committee that recommended Cox was impressed with his passion and focus on research-based practices, according to a news release. As the assistant superintendent of academic services, he said he will advocate teaching strategies that have been shown to provide students with the greatest learning gains.

Cox said the superintendent and School Board have laid out a number of benchmarks, and he believes he will be able to help the district reach those goals.

"It's my job to help them reach those," he said. "I believe in supporting the principals and teachers in the school district by providing professional development and the resources, if we can afford it."

He said he applied for the Hernando position because he thinks it will give him an opportunity to have an impact on a large number of students.

Most recently, he served for a year as principal of St. Lucie West Centennial High School. He has also served as an area assistant superintendent in St. Lucie and the principal of Lincoln Park Academy, a magnet school for grades 6 to 12. He said he has had success at other schools, including helping one high school move from a C to an A.

He served as superintendent in Kentland, Ind., for a district of just over 1,000 students.

The district also has announced that Latressa Jones will serve as the principal of Endeavor Academy, an alternative school for students with behavior issues. Jones most recently served as one of the assistant principals at Springstead High. Prior to that, she was an assistant principal at Central High and a counselor for academic enrichment programs for at-risk youth, according to a news release.

Contact Danny Valentine at dvalentine@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1432.

New assistant superintendent named for Hernando schools 07/01/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 5:59pm]

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