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A principal for Potter AND a new PIO for the Hillsborough district



It's on again -- that is, the plan to name  a principal for Potter Elementary, one of seven high-needs "Elevate" schools in Hillsborough County.

The district has again placed the principal appointment on its agenda for Tuesday's meeting.

Superintendent Jeff Eakins will also soon post the details of his plans for a staff reorganization.

This much is already posted: The district plans to pay its new public information officer $134,292.

In a tight budget year, Eakins did not replace Stephen Hegarty, the former Tampa Bay Times education reporter who served under MaryEllen Elia. Hegarty left during the summer and now heads the public affairs office for the Tampa Police Department. District staffers Tanya Arja and Jason Pepe have been doing much of Hegarty's old job.

Communication is an area where Eakins has pledged to improve. He hired a public relations firm recently for $30,000 to prepare a strategic communications plan. He is also making changes to the department as part of his overall reorganization. Among them: Parent and Community Involvement, with a different title that includes Philanthropy, will be housed in that office.

In an interview Tuesday with print reporters, Eakins listed numerous jobs he proposes to eliminate including Chief Information and Technology Officer, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Executive Leadership Director, Manager of Communications, a Director of Non-Traditional Programs, an Assistant Manager of External Communications and a Business Process Improvement Specialist.

He also agreed that the individuals who now hold these jobs are some of the most highly respected in his administration, and he expressed confidence that they will find appropriate jobs before the shake-up is over.


[Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 1:03pm]


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