School board approves new superintendent
By TIMES WIRES
Published April 5, 2007
By a 5-0 vote Tuesday night, the Hernando County School Board approved a two-year superintendent contract with Connecticut administrator Wayne S. Alexander. The contract will pay Alexander a base salary of $119,000 per year, plus a 5-percent annual contribution toward his retirement - around $1,000 less than retiring Superintendent Wendy Tellone is paid. Including health care and other benefits, the package is worth $152,829. Most board members said they felt pressure to offer Alexander a contract that could compete with better-paying districts and keep him in the district for years to come. He begins work July 1 and plans to visit this spring for transition meetings with district staff.
Body in burning house identified
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office has identified the man whose body was discovered in a burning house in Spring Hill on Monday as Michael Schwab, 60, of 4061 Jason Road. A preliminary investigation revealed that Schwab was inside the residence when the fire was discovered at about 7:22 p.m. Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office in Tampa said there was no indication of foul play. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Det. Jeff Swartz at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, 754-6830.
Basket sale to aid Humane Society
People for Pets of Silverthorn will sell Easter baskets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Sam's Club and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Belk, both on Cortez Boulevard. Baskets are available for both dogs and cats, and they'll be filled with toys and other goodies. Prices range from $10 to $35. All proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. For more information, call Joanne Schoch at 232-3032.
Pedestrian, bicycle committee to meet
The MPO Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Planning Department conference room, Room 261, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St. The committee analyzes and promotes bicycle and pedestrian issues and projects as an integral part of a multimodel transportation planning process. For information, call Steve Diez, transportation planner with the county, at 754-4057, ext. 28013, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Agenda items are available online at www.hernandocounty.us/mpo.