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County's top school job draws 37 hopefuls

Published January 15, 2007


BROOKSVILLE - The file of applicants to lead the Hernando County School Board is fairly bursting with ambition and experience.

By Friday, when the last resumes had filtered in, 37 candidates were vying to replace superintendent Wendy Tellone, who plans to retire July 1 after 30 years in the district. All applications must have been postmarked by Jan. 9.

Already one candidate, a high school principal from Marathon, has withdrawn from the field.

Remaining is a broad pool that includes sitting and former superintendents from every corner of the nation, many school administrators and a handful with substantial experience in the business or military.

By next week, a 15-member citizens advisory committee will begin wading through the applications with an eye toward narrowing the field.

They face a Feb. 9 deadline to recommend finalists to the School Board, which plans to conduct interviews in early March.

The candidates

John J. Hunt, former superintendent, Birmingham, Ala., Arizona and New Jersey; former education professor, teacher.

Craig L. Bangtson, consultant; former superintendent, Georgia, Kentucky and Wisconsin; former principal, teacher.

Stephen A. Stohla, superintendent, Alliance, Ohio; former high school principal, Army colonel and division chief, teacher and coach.

Wayne S. Alexander, school district human resources and operations director, New London, Conn.; former high school principal, teacher.

Ray V. Kwak, superintendent, Haledon, N.J.; former superintendent, New Jersey and New York; former teacher.

Michael H. Jones, former superintendent, Michigan and Washington; former district and corporate human resources administrator.

Cynthia Martone, consultant, author, former school principal and teacher.

John Sico Jr., superintendent, Hampton, N.J.; former district administrator, high school principal, teacher.

Aquine Jackson, chief academic officer, Milwaukee (Wis.) Public Schools; former area superintendent, administrator, principal.

Kenneth D. Pritz, executive director of facility and support operations, Hernando County School Board; former district administrator, middle school principal, teacher.

Theodore Sgouros, former community college administrator, New Jersey; former superintendent and administrator in New York and Colorado.

Deborah A. Turner, principal, Blanton Elementary School, St. Petersburg; former administrator, technology specialist, teacher.

Sue Porter, former superintendent, Dayton, Tenn.; former principal, teacher.

Joseph A. Molloy, assistant principal for administration, Sligh Middle School, Tampa; former principal, administrator, teacher, businessman.

Priscilla H. Petrosky,- associate superintendent, Jersey City (N.J.) Public Schools; former principal, teacher.

David M. Piccolo, area superintendent, Brevard County Public Schools; former principal, administrator, teacher.

Richard Van Gulick, vocational school district superintendent, Flemington, N.J. ; former administrator, vocational/technical school principal.

John F. O'Sullivan Jr., businessman; former superintendent, Maple Grove, Minn., and, Savannah, Ga.; former administrator, Air Force colonel.

Ron Ciranna, superintendent, Michigan; former superintendent, administrator, legal counsel, teacher.

Elaine Sullivan, former principal, Hernando High School; former elementary principal, administrator, teacher.

Hilda L. Ortiz, chief academic officer, District of Columbia Public Schools; former deputy superintendent, administrator and teacher in Georgia .

James T. Leonard, organizational psychologist; former superintendent, administrator and businessman in Massachusetts.

Harry John La Cava, area superintendent, Broward County; former administrator, principal, teacher.

Robert A. Bolden, high school principal, Eugene, Ore.; former middle school principal, administrator, teacher.

Sonya Jackson, executive director of school services and accountability, Hernando County School Board; former administrator, elementary school principal, teacher.

Raymond L. Bryant Jr., elementary school principal, Georgia; college math instructor; former administrator, teacher.

John L. Pate, superintendent, East Peoria, Ill.; university marketing coordinator; former science teacher, businessman.

Denise Davis-Cotton, high school principal, Detroit; former administrator, teacher.

Barbara Kidder, director of labor relations and professional standards, Hernando County School Board; former administrator, assistant middle school principal, teacher.

Jay B. Kosner, former professional development specialist, administrator, principal and teacher, Chicago Public Schools.

Lorenda Tiscornia, high school principal, Duval County; former superintendent, Hillsboro, Ohio; former administrator, teacher.

Michael D. Todd, director of secondary education, Levy County; former principal, teacher.

Martin J.A. Ratcliffe, teacher, J.D. Floyd Elementary School; former principal, counselor.

Beverly Smith, special education aide, Webster; former literacy coordinator and tutor.

Kathleen H. Reynolds, former superintendent, Fiskdale and Hull, Mass.; former administrator, teacher.

Paula Aston, director of instructional support services, Florida, New York; former principal, teacher.

Henry L. McQueen consultant, Michigan; former superintendent, Ypsilanti, Mich.; former principal, state administrator.

[Last modified January 15, 2007, 07:21:42]

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