Schools chief: How are we doing?

The superintendent wants to hear residents' thoughts at six town meetings.

By Tom Marshall, Times Staff Writer
Published February 26, 2008

BROOKSVILLE - Seven months into the job as Hernando County's superintendent of schools, Wayne Alexander is taking his show on the road.

Beginning this week, Alexander will hold six town meetings in neighborhoods across the sprawling county. The point, he said, is to hear from ordinary people - folks who might not venture to School Board meetings -- on how their school system is performing.

"Tell me what you think of the school district," he urged residents recently.

Appointed last spring to succeed retiring Wendy Tellone at the helm of the 23,000-student district, Alexander has wasted little time launching changes. He has called for more consistency in curriculum, more effective staff development efforts, better technology and an end to the clustering of special-needs students.

This spring, he'll unveil a plan to restructure district administration, both at the central office and school levels. If administrators aren't performing up to his expectations, he has promised, they'll soon be hunting for new jobs.

Alexander said that restructuring plan is nearly ready.

"I've got one last piece to prepare, and that's me going out into the communities and meeting people," he said last week.

If residents speak their minds, Alexander will be taking notes.

Tom Marshall can be reached at tmarshall@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1431.

If you go:

Travels with Wayne Alexander

- 6 p.m. Thursday Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Dade City

Down the road

- 7 p.m. Monday, Lorenzo Hamilton Community Center, 899 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville

- 6 p.m. March 5, BPO Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville

- 6 p.m. March 10, Withlacoochee Bicentennial Hall, 16257 Lingle Road, Istachatta

- 6 p.m. March 13, VFW Post, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill

- 6 p.m. March 20, the Lake House Hall, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill