Longtime Cox Elementary principal to move on
Leila Mizer, principal of Pasco County's most struggling school for the past 13 years, has decided it's time to give someone else a chance to lead her school.
"I've tried everything I know," Mizer told the Gradebook. "But we just keep toggling between C and D" on the state's accountability system. Cox needs someone with "a fresh set of eyes and a new perspective."
She plans to leave the school at the end of the academic year and move to a new position in the district, perhaps working with Title I schools. She stressed the decision was hers, one she contemplated making before the current school year.
Superintendent Heather Fiorentino would not commit to a specific post for Mizer until she determines which jobs are most needed during budgeting.
As for a new Cox principal, Fiorentino told the Gradebook she has conferred with Mizer about the needed characteristics. Those include a strong understanding of students living in poverty and knowledge of the culture of Dade City and the school.
Cox is in the first year of restructuring under the No Child Left Behind Act.
"I've got the person, I believe, for the job," Fiorentino said, declining to name names. "They're going to be pleased."