Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Education

Superintendent advisory committee takes shape in Hernando

BROOKSVILLE — The 11-person search committee that will advise the Hernando School Board on hiring the district's next superintendent is is nearly complete.

The district announced 10 of the 11 committee members Tuesday at the School Board's afternoon workshop.

The committee draws from a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives.

The selections include four people from the school district, two from the two unions representing district employees and one member selected by each of the five School Board members.

Only board member John Sweeney had not turned in a pick for the committee by Tuesday.

School Board members picks are: Lorenzo Hamilton, a retired school administrator; Hamilton Hanson, a Weeki Wachee resident and community activist; outgoing County Commissioner John Druzbick, and Michael McHugh, Hernando County's business development manager.

Kathy Deese, a Nature Coast Technical High School secretary, will represent the confidential employees, a group that includes secretaries and bookkeepers. Cassandra Hall, the district's coordinator of exceptional student education-instruction, will represent professional, technical and supervisory employees.

The district's director of school improvement, Eric Williams, will represent district-based administrators, while Brooksville Elementary School principal Mary LeDoux will represent school-based administrators.

Charles "Kojack" Burnett will represent the Hernando United School Workers, made up of roughly 1,100 non-instructional employees. Joe Vitalo will represent the Hernando Classroom Teachers Association, made up of about 1,680 members.

The district will accept applications for superintendent through the end of November.

Committee members will get them in December, finalizing their recommendations in January.

The committee will make a recommendation to the School Board on Jan. 25.

The committee acts only in an advisory capacity in finding a replacement for outgoing superintendent Bryan Blavatt, who will retire at the end of June. The ultimate decision is up to the School Board.

The new superintendent is slated to start July 1.

Danny Valentine can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1432. Tweet him @HernandoTimes.

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