Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Opening offer for Hernando superintendent choice: $101,000

Hernando County’s school superintendent choice Lori Romano, left, talks with J. Lisle Bozeman, a district administrator.


Hernando County’s school superintendent choice Lori Romano, left, talks with J. Lisle Bozeman, a district administrator.

BROOKSVILLE — The initial salary offer to the woman in line to become Hernando's next superintendent of schools would make her the highest-paid employee in the district — but only by about $200.

Lori Romano, chosen by the School Board on March 14 by a 3-2 vote, would make an annual salary of $101,000, according to a copy of the proposed contract.

The next highest? Assistant superintendent of teaching and learning Ken Pritz, who makes $100,797, according to the district.

Romano's contract is now under negotiation.

In a letter to Romano's lawyer, School Board attorney Dennis Alfonso said he hopes to have a tentative contract ready for School Board consideration on May 7.

Romano did not return a call from the Times seeking comment.

Romano's current position as the director of adult, secondary and virtual education programs with the Martin County school district pays her a base salary of $95,765, according to the district. She makes an additional $3,600 annually for having a doctorate.

Hernando's salary offer is quite a bit lower than retiring superintendent Bryan Blavatt, who makes $130,000 annually.

There is a big reason:

Romano would come into the job with no experience as a superintendent.

Before coming to Hernando, Blavatt was a superintendent in Boone County, Ky., for 12 years, a position that paid $160,000.

Blavatt's contract in Hernando also includes a number of perks that aren't found in the proposed contract for Romano.

• Blavatt receives a $500 monthly car allowance. Romano's proposed contract makes no mention of a car allowance.

• His contract also included a $5,000 one-time relocation cost. That's not in Romano's offer.

• Blavatt has received $2,000 annually for participation in the Florida Superintendent Certification Program. That item is not listed in Romano's contract.

Both contracts include membership dues for the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.

Another item of interest in Romano's proposed contract: the no-nepotism clause.

Last month, School Board members were sharply divided on whether to place the language in the contract. Eventually, a majority decided to include it.

The proposed contract states that Romano "will not recommend any family member for employment with the Hernando County School Board and that the board will not consider a family member for employment."

That's the same policy that is in Blavatt's contract.

Romano, 41, would begin July 1 if she and the School Board are able to agree to terms. Her initial contract would run for two years, with the possibility of being extended for a third year based on a performance evaluation and the desires of Romano and the board.

If the board decided to terminate Romano with cause, she would waive any right to severance payment, according to the contract.

She would also have to agree to pay up to $25,000 for the next superintendent search as well as for other damages resulting from the turnover and transition to a new administration. In addition, the board may withhold any accumulated sick time or vacation, the contract states.

Romano would be required to notify the board in writing before making any effort to seek other employment.

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

Opening offer for Hernando superintendent choice: $101,000 04/04/13 [Last modified: Thursday, April 4, 2013 8:22pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Storm routs Cleveland


    TAMPA — Alvin Ray Jackson intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and recovered two fumbles as the Storm routed Cleveland 57-27 Saturday night in its home regular-season finale at Amalie Arena.

  2. Miscue sends Rays to another stinging loss to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays gave away DJ Kitty onesies Saturday night. Then they gave away the game.

    Rays centerfielder Mallex Smith misses a drive hit by Adrian Beltre with two outs in the sixth, allowing the tying runs to score. Beltre puts Texas ahead 4-3 when he scores after two wild pitches.
  3. Rowdies shut out Charleston


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies know a thing or two about stalemates, with five of their past 10 games ending in a draw.

    Rowdies in the first half during the game between Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Charleston Battery at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, Jul 22, 2017.
  4. 13-year-old Janessa's father holds memorial service at Rogers Middle School


    RIVERVIEW — About 100 people sat in the tile-floored multipurpose room Saturday at Rodgers Middle School where Janessa Shannon once sat as a student.

    A mourner embraces Nahshon Shannon after the memorial service for Nahshon’s daughter, Janessa, Saturday at Rodgers Middle School in Riverview.
  5. Trump: Aircraft carrier a symbol of America's might (w/video)


    NORFOLK, Va. — With praise and a blessing for the military, President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a "100,000-ton message to the world" about America's military might when it is ultimately deployed.

    President Donald Trump commissions the USS Gerald R. Ford on Saturday in Norfolk, Va.