Seminole County School Board needs to ‘heal and unite’ after controversial vote

Parents said they are embarrassed on how district handled the process

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – After hours of heated public comment, in yet another split decision, the Seminole County Board voted 3-2 to select newly-resigned school board attorney Serita Beamon as the district’s next superintendent Monday night.

“This is incredibly uncomfortable and awkward having to take a deeper dive into hiring decisions while balancing transparency,” School Board Vice Chair Amy Pennock said.

A month earlier, board members voted 3-2 to select Lake County Assistant Superintendent Chad Farnsworth as the next superintendent.

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Two weeks later, the board voted again 3-2 to rescind that vote.

Before last night’s vote, people spoke passionately both for Beamon and against the board’s recission.

“The resounding question we all have is what changed from the time you offered him employment to last week’s meeting where you pulled the rug out from under him,” one speaker said.

Despite Beamon’s lack of administration experience, other speakers praised her time as the school board attorney.

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