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Sex blogging school official must go

The top accountant for the Hernando County School District should resign from the $78,800-a-year job she found so boring she entertained herself throughout the workday with hundreds of online postings, including many containing sexually explicit pictures and profane, derogatory comments about her bosses. If Desiree Henegar doesn't quit, the Hernando school district should investigate and fire her for behavior that should not be tolerated in any public or private workplace.

Henegar, 47, the Hernando district's chief financial officer since 2009, demonstrated a remarkable lack of professionalism in blogging and posting pornography to a Tumblr account during work hours. Over a two-month period last summer — at what would have been the height of the budget preparation season for the school district — she posted nearly 300 times during work hours. On Tuesday, July 3, for instance, she posted 11 times, five of which included sexually oriented images. At other times, she used profane language to insult her boss, superintendent Bryan Blavatt, school board members and a public speaker at a budget hearing. The online activity continued even during school board meetings.

Henegar did not identify herself or Blavatt by name in her postings, writing under the pseudonym Floridagirl46 and calling the superintendent "big boss.'' But she acknowledged to Times staff writer Danny Valentine that the Tumblr account was hers and shut it down Wednesday morning, claiming it was a personal matter. Had Henegar's posted her musings on her own time, she could have an argument. But her own postings — referencing the account as a sex blog unfit for viewing at work — indicate she knew she was acting inappropriately and in a manner damaging to her career.

That knowledge, however, didn't translate to sound professional conduct. Henegar embarrassed the district, insulted the taxpayers and shredded her credibility. Neither Blavatt, who is retiring at the end of June, nor school board members, characterized as "ignorant politicians'' by Henegar, should have faith in her judgment or work ethic. She should resign or be fired.

Sex blogging school official must go 01/03/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 3, 2013 6:00pm]
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