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BREAKING: Hernando School Superintendent Terminated, Shocking Revelations Revealed

BROOKSVILLE – After years of disharmony between Parents, Teachers and the Hernando County School District, Members of the School Board voted to oust Superintendent Dr. Lori Romano in a 3-2 vote of No Confidence, during a school board meeting this evening.

The decision came during a workshop this afternoon and ratified in the regular meeting, just after 7:00 p.m.

Current Board Member and Hernando Board of County Commissioner Candidate, Beth Narverud led the charge, by making the motion to remove Dr. Romano immediately. Narverud has been a long-time critic of Romano’s lack of leadership. Board Member Susan Duval and Linda Prescott backed Narverud’s motion.

Board Members Gus Guadagnino and Chairman Mark Johnson voiced concerns over the decision and said it was a “big mistake.”

Prior to tonight’s meeting, members of the media, including RNRF, received an anonymous email that provide evidence of misconduct on the part of both Narverud and Duval, presumably, as a preemptive attack for deciding to terminate Romano.

The attached document claims Narverud wrote herself a $10,000 bonus check and reads in part, while serving as the Executive Director for the Hernando County Education Foundation, diverting much needed money away from teachers, classrooms and children.

An audit report was attached that allegedly confirms those allegations.

The author also claims Narverud was routinely late to board meetings, falls asleep, and violates Sunshine Laws.

The anonymous author goes on to attack Susan Duval, stating that she was disciplined by the Department of Education over 10-years ago, on several Statute and Rule violations.

Several citizens took to the podium in defense of Dr. Romano but there were an equal number who cheered the decision and fighting for years to have her removed.

After the decision to terminate Dr. Romano, Beth Narverud motioned to have her removed immediately, however, that measure did not pass and it was later decided Romano’s termination would be effective June 30th.

A discussion on who will replace Romano will begin later this month but Romano does have options of due-process, which includes her right to appeal the decision.

This story continues to develop and we will bring more on this breaking news as it develops.

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  • NEXT GET RID OF ROXANNE CHAPDELAINE AT EASTSIDE ELEM. Who has NOT ONE, NOT TWO, BUT AT LEAST 3 records against her for abuse against children. YET PRINCIPAL LEDAUX ALLOWS HER TO CONTINUE TO TEACH. No one cares about these kids in Hernando!

    Friday, 15 June 2018, 10:59 pm
  • Good. They need to get rid of Eastside administration and teachers too. Allowing disabled preschoolers to be continually abused, even after numerous reports are made. What kind of school doesn’t protect the kids? Evil is amuck in Hernando schools

    Friday, 15 June 2018, 10:56 pm
  • Someone needs to remove Duval. She’s nothing but a liar. She was my Principal at Springstead and anytime I had to directly speak to her, it was nothing but bullshit coming out of her mouth. Guess not much has changed.

    Thursday, 14 June 2018, 4:46 pm
  • Jim in the highlands damn right I could not have said it betterl!!! That’s the damn truth too, trm you are spot-on as well having been married to a teacher for many years I would not want their job they’re not babysitters, and also no pun intended or disrespect in any way intended to the folks of Hillandale Ridge Manor Etc but of every school in this County if I was a teacher that would be the last one I would want to teach at that’s just the way it is, the parents are supposed to help the teachers in that exact order not the other way around and amazing, your damn spot on as well ,it bothers me everytime when I watch little children walking to school knowing monsters are freaking lurking around every damn corner this County needs to get it s*** straight real quick this s*** is getting f****** annoying

    Thursday, 14 June 2018, 3:21 pm
  • She was never deserving of that job anyway. The school board used Mrs. Jackson for the interim but didn’t think she was worthy of the job. When are y’all going to learn that God doesn’t like ugly.

    Thursday, 14 June 2018, 9:33 am
  • Nothing is run efficiently in this county. We have a budget deficit of 6 million dollars with an all R commission, Schools underfunded, Sheriff overfunded, on the coast, the Bayport pier is CLOSED because of storm damage ( a great look for tourism)

    SAD

    Thursday, 14 June 2018, 6:08 am
  • I need a job in government so i can rob taxpayers and not face any consequence

    Thursday, 14 June 2018, 4:00 am
  • She was pretty terrible by most accounts from teachers that are vocal in county. Obviously Duval, Narverud, and the lady named Pam that isn’t mentioned in this article have their own agenda (see Fakebook – pun intended). I can’t understand how Gus Guadagnino ever got elected to the board. He should be on the board of directors for the snack bar at the little league concession stand. Nicholson shouldn’t have been allowed to run again for commissioner, and sure enough our dumb ass residents voted him back in. Now they are complaining when he’s screwing and pimping hookers again. Seriously? If anything, this is a three ring circus that we can sit back and enjoy while our tax dollars fly by in a puff of smoke. Let’s incorporate Spring Hill into an actual city or town with more appropriate oversight and better resources. Create ordinances so that the scum bags that pile crap all over their lawns and don’t maintain their houses in a halfway decent manner are cited and forced to comply. Yes, that means more taxes but it also means more resources and the people that are willing to pay a bit more to live in a nicer area will stay. The scum bags will go live in Shady Hills, Hudson, and other crappy areas where they can live next to free and tarnish their environment.

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 7:18 pm
    • I thought all the brainiacs like JusticeForSome, that want to make Spring Hill a city, were gone. Hey here’s a great idea, let’s duplicate all the services the County supplies so we can pay additional taxes & elect some more do nothing politicians

      Thursday, 14 June 2018, 3:00 am
  • Between the B****slapping contest within the schoolboard, pervert on the county commisioners and the Pillsberry Doughboy Sheriff you could write a bestselling drama about Hernando County. Kinda like Peyton Place on roids. What a joke government is and to think I have to pay for it. God have mercy on us.

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 3:57 pm
  • THANK YOU JESUS!!! Romano was a train wreck…she never helped my son when i went to her for help because my special needs son was getting suspended at 5 yrs old !!! She’s one of the worst I’ve ever dealt with !! I’m glad she’s outta there !!!!! 😀😀😀

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 3:49 pm
  • I’m not saying the letter may have some facts, but it is hearsay in till it has been proven and there are ways to show the truth.

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 2:55 pm
  • Dr. Romano has had better results than any superintendent in the last 30 years but because several teachers from Moton are butt hurt because they lost their jobs, they got a huge petition to remove her. The fact is that all those teachers at Moton should have been fired or demoted since that school was severely under performing. I hope she appeals, wins her appeal and then Beth Narverud & Susan Duval are forced out. I used to have Susan Duval as an assistant principal and she did a lot of shady, underhanded things and was very open about her homosexuality while on campus.

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 1:57 pm
    • What does being homosexual have to do with her job duties?

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 4:16 pm
      • Paul, i do not know if Ms. Duval is homosexual or not. Assuming that she is and if she is being ostentatious about it at work, I have a problem.

        You are exactly right. People should do their job and, shut up about their sexuality, especially around kids. That’s the way it used to be. I can’t recall a single hetero walking around flaunting that they are straight. Why do homosexuals feel the need to advertise their preference and why should they be allowed to, especially around our children?

        Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 9:24 pm
        • Jim IN Royal HIGH lands, couldn’T HAVE SAID It Better myself, excellent

          Thursday, 14 June 2018, 1:22 pm
    • I find it interesting that so many are quick to automatically buy into the fake news and assume that the problem in every struggling school is the staff.

      What Gus Guadagnino, Mark Johnson, other politicians, media outlets and many private citizens fail to realize and publicly admit is that the student body is a major factor in the overall success of a school’s performance. In fact, I would argue that it is the biggest contributing factor. If students are coming into school trailing their peers significantly, it is a huge task to get them caught up to mandated benchmarks. If parents are uninvolved, it makes the task that much more insurmountable. Why won’t politicians admit that? They won’t admit it because it doesn’t win elections!

      It is easier to fire staff, move staff, add staff, increase funding, try new programs, etc. then it is to call out parents for dropping the ball at home. I am speaking in general terms, of course, because there are some students who come from great homes with strong parental involvement who have genuine learning disabilities. That, however, is not the case by and large.

      I have watched a teacher at Moton make numerous calls, send numerous notes home, and use other efforts to get a sit down meeting with a parent/guardian. They failed to get a reply. I have had two children who attend Moton and they did outstanding. They had friends who also attended Moton and they too excelled. In fact, they continue to do so! They did so and continue to do so because they have parents who understand that it starts at home! Schools are not nurseries staffing babysitters.

      Moton has had some awesome staff for years, but you cannot make students learn. You cannot make parents care enough to follow up on their child’s education. If staffing was the key issue, why not swap the staff from Challenger/Chocachatti with the Moton staff? Will there be significant improvement? Only if you change the home environment of the student body.

      Perhaps if Romano and politicians would be honest with themselves and the community, things might be different.

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 4:56 pm
      • I absolutely agree with your arguement about the outstanding work the dedicated teachers at Moton had given to the community. Dr. Romano knew her time here was up. Why else would she threaten to sue the day before the school board meeting? I find it difficult to understand why anyone on the school board would have voted to keep her.

        Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 6:35 pm
      • They are moving the entire kindergarten staff from Chocachatti to Moton for next year.

        Friday, 15 June 2018, 4:07 pm
  • She was like a tornado, didn’t care who she got rid of or why. No compassion, heart of stone. How does it feel? Bye Felicia!

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 1:17 pm
  • I am disheartened by this news. This is a BIG mistake. Lori Romano was the first superintendent in years to move this county forward away from the Good Ole Boy you pat my back, I’ll pat yours mentality. This woman is a professional, a hard worker. The obvious drive by one woman has sent this county backward again. I urge Dr. Romano to appeal this decision and convene a special committee to investigate the damaging accusations against Duval and Naverud. This county needs Lori Romano. We could do without people who put personal agendas before the best interests of our children and teachers.

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 11:59 am
    • She replaced the good ol’ boy network with a good ol’ girl network.

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 1:38 pm
  • “members of the media, including RNRF, received an anonymous email that provide evidence of misconduct”

    What evidence? The document provides allegations, not evidence.

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 11:57 am
  • Some one vote to get rid of those two idiots they have been around for ever and don’t like anyone that is voted in time for revamping clean house

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 11:14 am
  • The Moton incident certainly did ruffle a lot of feathers and may not have been handled in the best way. I imagine a lot of her haters are really celebrating right now. Regardless of how you feel about her though, the real losers from last night’s board action are we the tax payers and the students.

    Guess who pays the bill for the attorney’s time to fight this contract case? We do. Guess who pays for the new and un-budgeted superintendent search? We do. Guess where the money is pulled from since these were not budgeted for? Schools and programs.

    So here we are again Hernando. Back to a revolving door of superintendents and no accountability. Dr. Romano appears to be the Tony Dungy of school administrators. She brought our sloppy district up to parity with the surrounding counties and finally surpassed a few of the titans. Our district is considered to be on track to be an A district next year.

    So yes, celebrate if you hated her for whatever reason. However do not pat yourselves on the back. Your petition with a whopping 300 signatures did not accomplish this. Your closed hate groups on Facebook did not make this happen either. This was one board member with political aspirations and a buddy buddy relationship with the wonderful Blaze Ignolia and another board member who has hated Dr Romano ever since she was a Principal who was all of a sudden held accountable and not allowed to be the ruling dictator with no oversite on her campus. Finally those two wore down the new board member and they felt confident enough to make this happen at yesterday’s meeting.

    Good story Tom. I like how your reporting has come back to facts and less speculation / hate. Here are some additional thoughts:

    Beth would never have brought this forward if she was not completely confident that they had Linda’s vote. I am sure it would be impossible to prove but it sure doesn’t feel like the sunshine has been out lately.

    That anonymous letter is very likely NOT from Dr. Romano or any of her supporters. From the bits and pieces that I know, it is my opinion that the letter was more likely than not the work of a Mr. Maynard who is the most fervent proponent of his recent failed charter school application.

    Dr. Romano has been at odds with the local good ‘ole boy network since the 1 cent combined Tax with the county that she went on record as opposing. She has been a steadfast and vocal proponent of the school system and has butted heads with the county over the impact fees and most recently, SRO funding. Beth and Mr. Champion are both very close with Mr. Ignolia.

    Anyway this is not truly a great day for the school system regardless of people’s feelings on Dr. Romano.

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10:59 am
  • Do Not elect Beth to the County Commission. This is horrible. Getting rid of a talented woman like Lori.
    So long Beth!!!

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 9:55 am
    • work for her..then tell us

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 11:05 am
  • My big concern is that their discussion on whom will replace Ramano cannot be allowed. The position is an elected office and this move is an attempt to circumvent our vote.

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 9:24 am
    • When is the last time you voted for a Superintendent in Hernando County. Go ahead, I will wait…

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 11:27 am
      • Since I am not from this county the answer is never. I had thought that it was an elected office like everywhere else. I have come to find out that it is not so I apologize for the error. In a way that does make it worse since this is obviously a political move rather than one that has the best interests of our children in mind.

        Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 1:14 pm
      • The answer to your trivia question is 1988. Our last elected Superintendent was Dr. James K. Austin, the last Superintendent that actually cared about the students and teachers in our county. I voted for him via absentee ballot at Ramstein AFB.

        Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 7:32 pm
        • Yeah Sumter county is north of us isn’t it?

          Thursday, 14 June 2018, 7:33 pm
    • Superintendant is not an elected position, although it used to be.

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 12:04 pm
    • The Superintendent of Schools is not an elected position. It is hired by and answers to the school board who, in turn, answer to the citizens of Hernando County.

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 6:40 pm
  • What will be done about Narverud embezzling $10,000?? Will this be swept under the rug because of her upcoming run for office? Taking money from the youth of our county is unconscionable, is a habitual liar and this has been proven over and over again…talk about a vote of confidence! Board should terminate her immediately and the same goes for Duval. Plagiarism not once but twice, along with other sneaky things she has done. Great examples for our youth. Governor Scott should step in and remove these two from the board immediately!

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 9:19 am
    • rumors…

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 11:04 am
  • RNRF, please include a “working hot link” to the audit report so everyone can read it. The one on the attached letter is inoperable.

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 9:14 am
  • Looks like both may have been drafted by the Romano team, after all she had already sent a letter to Board members threatening a lawsuit for breach of contract, so her smear campaign against those Board members had already begun. That letter was referenced by one of the Board members as she was making her decision and also referenced by the Board Attorney as he responded to Romano’s questions on the basis for the termination.

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 8:37 am
  • Karma!!!

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 7:47 am
    • Doesn’t do anything
      Only action will

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 11:17 am
  • And we want these other 2 in charge of our children. Hell no. Sound like the forced take over if Brooksville PD by the sheriff office. I smell a rat

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 7:47 am
  • so much for the summer reading challenge that’s posted on the elementary schools.

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 7:43 am
    • Is there a reason the children still can’t read this summer? You shouldn’t have to bribe your children to get an education. An education is its own reward

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 3:30 pm
  • Get rid of them all. The school system sucks and needs to be improved drastically. There are way too many admin positions and not enough pay for teachers.

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 4:29 am
  • Why did this take so long?

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 4:14 am
    • I don’t know but grab a rope and a bullet and we will get to the bottom of it.

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10:08 pm
  • YES!! Just so very happy to see this money hungry, greedy b–ch go. Bye, bye, baby.
    Now maybe these teachers can get the proper help they REALLY need.

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 3:25 am
  • Now lets discuss why we have 4 to 10 yr old kids walking to school while the parents have to work. No busing within 2 1/2 miles in this heat with sexual preditors on many of the streets. Yet they have money to cut themselves bonus checks. This selfish greedy BS needs to stop!!!

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 3:20 am
  • sounds like a cat fight if you ask me. ..just saying meow

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 3:17 am
  • Looks like Hernando County just started to drain the swamp. It could take some time, there are some naaaaasty critters in that swamp!

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 2:00 am
    • Actually Romano stood up to the good ‘ole boy network around here. There are political motivations to this and that should not be shocking.

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10:32 am
  • This sounds like something her ex secretary would produce. She is like the pit bull of protection for Romano. Susans counts are ridiculous. You can get a write up in your file that looks much worse then it actually was and she was not removed from any position. She actually retired as principal from Springstead years after that write up

    Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 12:26 am
    • Get your facts straight, Duval was fired by Tellone and then re-hired. The counts were founded and even cost Duval $1500. As usual Beth and Susan supporters have no proof. Typical.

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 9:24 am
    • As far as Duval concerned, I can believe it. She’s been written up for plagiarism and only was suspended for one day for it and she WAS removed as principal the first time she was principal of Springstead. The good ole boys of Brooksville got rid of her so much she left the state for yrs and went to Virginia.She came back as principal in the 2000’s bc Springstead had their current principal at the time removed for drug use. She came back imo to make her mark and revenge to all who tried to get rid of her way back.

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10:15 am
    • While the timing of that anonymous letter is indeed leads one to believe that it was a pre-emptive strike by Dr. Romano, I don’t actually believe it was. First off, I do not know for sure but I think that letter went out a bit before last night’s meeting. There is a guy named Maynard or something who has headed a failed attempt to start a charter school in Hernando. The two most vocal board members against his application were Beth and Susan.

      Dr. Romano did fire a pre-emptive shot but it was a letter from her attorney. If I were a betting person, I would bet that the latter came from the Maynard hot head and not Dr. Romano.

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10:39 am
  • Sounds like this is not over yet. Reverse the decision and sound like some shoddy actions going on here.

    Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 11:49 pm
    • Agree, shoddy all around state of Florida

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 1:23 am
    • Yeah I believe that you are correct. The “proof” e-mail contains allegations only I do not see proof.

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 4:31 am
  • Awe, poor Gus is losing his girlfriend :(. That’s all the anonymous letter writer could come up with? Try to do a better job next time and do it without using all caps. Unfortunately, this is going to cost us a lot of money, but Romano had it coming. She did some good things, but was very sneaky in many of her endeavors.

    Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 11:17 pm
    • show some examples instead of just repeating rumours…. Wouldn’t doubt Beth did that… Looks like the evidence is there to prove it but yet littlelu wants to ignore that.. why ? she get some of it too

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 1:27 am
    • She did nothing for the students or the teachers

      Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 1:52 am

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