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Split Hernando School Board approves transfer of former Eastside principal to Endeavor

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County School Board member Cynthia Moore had some strong words Tuesday night about the transfer of a principal, Tim Urban, to Endeavor Academy, the district's alternative school.

"In my opinion, I don't think he is capable of doing it," Moore said .

In late July, superintendent Lori Romano removed Urban as principal at Eastside Elementary School after the school became the first in the county's history to receive an F grade from the state.

He had been in the position for a year.

Urban then served a brief stint in the district office as a principal on special assignment.

He was transferred to Endeavor on Sept. 23.

Moore's comments came as the board considered approving a host of personnel recommendations from the superintendent.

She took issue with a portfolio of achievements she said Urban did not complete in a timely manner.

"When he was made principal of Eastside Elementary School, he was told — and it was not a requirement — but he was told he had a year to do his portfolio. He did not do that," Moore said.

She said that assistant principals are all told they have to do portfolios before they can advance.

"I just don't think that he can do the job," Moore said. "The school where he was put was going along wonderfully. It was doing great. It had come up."

"I just don't want to see the school where he's been moved to come down with his lack of ability," she said.

Urban said he respected the superintendent's decision and School Board members' opinions.

"The superintendent selected me to be transferred to Endeavor, and I'm going to do the best job that I'm capable of doing," he told the Times on Wednesday. "I'm going to work hard for the students and staff of Endeavor and do everything we can do to improve student achievement."

The board ultimately decided to approve Romano's personnel recommendations by a 3-2 vote.

Both Moore and board member Dianne Bonfield voted against the recommendations.

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

Split Hernando School Board approves transfer of former Eastside principal to Endeavor 10/02/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7:36pm]
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