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Browning moves cautiously at three Pasco schools



When the second semester opened in January, Pasco County superintendent Kurt Browning announced he would be taking a long hard look at the leadership at three schools where questions and concerns had been raised.

Two months later, Browning has not made any big changes at Connerton Elementary, Hudson Middle or Wesley Chapel High. Some people have questioned whether the new superintendent meant to act on the complaints about bullying principals that he and Heather Fiorentino before him had received.

Browning told the Gradebook on Tuesday that he has taken steps to help Connerton principal Anna Falcone and Hudson Middle principal Terry Holback grow into their jobs. Specifically, he has assigned retired veteran administrator Renee Sedlack to serve as a principal coach for each, giving them regular feedback on their management skills.

"We're dealing with it day by day, week by week," Browning said.

As for Wesley Chapel High, he said, the administration is still trying to determine if there's really a problem there, and what's the motivation behind the people making complaints.

He said not to expect any leadership changes at the schools as they prepare for state testing, if at all.

"I'm not doing anything at those schools, if I do anything, until after the end of the school year," Browning said.

On a related note, the Pasco School Board did approve several administrative changes recommended by Browning during its meeting on Tuesday. Among those, it named Melissa Musselwhite as director of the newly combined ESE-student services department, assigned Lizette Alexander to oversee school choice, and accepted the retirement of assistant superintendent Renalia DuBose effective mid-April. DuBose will teach law after leaving the district.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 3:45pm]


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