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School Board okays superintendent salary

By TIMES WIRES
Published April 4, 2007


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BROOKSVILLE

The Hernando County School Board agreed Tuesday on a superintendent contract with Connecticut administrator Wayne Alexander. He will replace Wendy Tellone, who is retiring this summer.

The board agreed to pay Alexander $119,000 per year on a two-year contract, with a provision for annual one-year extensions.

Including the retirement contribution, Alexander's total salary would be $124,950, nearly at the top of the board's advertised range of $95,000 to $125,000. The total value of the compensation package including benefits is $152,829, officials said.

Alexander, 46, who was picked March 16 by the board from a field of 37 applicants, initially asked for $121,000 a year, against the board's initial offer of $116,000.

LARGO

Inmate dies after suffering seizure in jail

Pinellas sheriff's detectives Tuesday were investigating the death of a 49-year-old inmate who was taken to a hospital after suffering a seizure at the county jail.

William Gilbert Bracey of Largo was arrested March 27 on charges of disorderly conduct and battery on a law enforcement officer.

Once booked, he was put in the facility's medical wing after being uncooperative, officials said. Bracey was monitored by videocamera and checked on every 15 minutes.

But on Monday afternoon, he suffered the seizure and was taken to Northside Hospital. At 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, he went into cardiac arrest and died.

Sheriff's investigators said his death did not appear suspicious. But an autopsy will be conducted.

CLEARWATER

Landlords fight city over vacation leases

Saying the city of Clearwater never enforced its short-term rental ban until 2003, a group of longtime landlords finally faced the city in court Tuesday in an effort to continue leasing their homes to vacationers.

At issue is whether more than 30 houses along the affluent north beach can be rented for less than a month.

The city contends it has long outlawed short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods but acknowledges that it didn't define "short term" until April 2003. Under the law now, leases of less than one month are prohibited.

But the homeowners argued that short-term leasing has been part of beach life since the 1930s.

The property owners are seeking to be exempt from the 2003 language.

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