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Hensley won't make bid for School Board

Citing increased business demands, School Board Chairman Don Hensleyannounced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election.

Hensley, who represents District 5 and is completing his second four-year term, said his brother and business partner, Omer Hensley, recently retired from their chiropractic clinic for health reasons. "I don't have time to do (on the School Board) what I did when we started," Hensley said.

Also pressing on his time are the needs of his two young sons, Hensley said. "My boys are at an age where they need their dad more at home."

After thinking "long and hard about things developing in my life," Hensley said, he decided to make some changes.

He said he wanted to announce his retirement before the 1990 campaign heats up.

Hensley, whose district covers most of the eastern part of the county, won election to the School Board in 1982, after beating Dan McIntyre by slightly more than 100 votes. McIntyre, who is Hernando's school superintendent, had moved to the county less than two years before the 1982 election.

Four years later, Hensley regained the office with no opposition.

He is serving his second term as chairman of the board.

Hensley, 40, said his toughest job as a board member was dealing with the county's rapid growth. During his tenure, two construction bond issues were approved by voters and new schools were built throughout the county. "Everything I've gone after has happened," Hensley said.

"We've accomplished a lot in two terms," he said. "And it was

accomplished because we worked as a team."

The only candidate to announce so far for the District 5 seat is Susan Cooper of 8481 Croom Rital Road in eastern Hernando.