BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — Hernando County school board members on Tuesday evening voted to fire their superintendent.
In a 3-2 vote, board members terminated the district's contract with Superintendent Lori Romano, who has been with Hernando schools since 2013.
The vote means Romano will be forced to step down by the end of the month.
While board members cited varying reasons for the decision, an official explanation will be provided in a termination letter to be presented at the next board meeting on June 26.
The moves comes just two months after Romano's controversial decision to fire every teacher at one of the district’s elementary schools. Nearly 50 teachers at the struggling Moton Elementary were unexpectedly let go in April. Romano is accused of making that decision without notifying board members or union representatives.
However, this is not the first instance of apparent displeasure with the superintendent’s job performance. In 2015, parents circulated an online petition demanding her contract not be renewed after she applied for a superintendent position in another county.
Earlier this week, an attorney representing Romano sent a letter to board members threatening legal action, accusing some of them of violating their contract with Romano for attempting to “publicly humiliate” her and for “failing to meet” with her to discuss her evaluation.
Romano will have an opportunity to contest the vote within 10 days of the board presenting its official termination letter.
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