New principals at John Hopkins Middle, Largo Middle and other Pinellas schools
Faculty, staff members and parents at John Hopkins Middle School have been wondering who their new administrative leader would be since December, when former principal Maureen Thornton was removed and Bob Poth was named acting principal.
The wait is over with the appointment of 18-year Pinellas veteran Claud Effiom, who served as acting principal at Kennedy Middle School for the past academic year. Effiom, 54, was a teacher at Azalea and Osceola middle schools before coming to Kennedy as assistant principal. He was an assistant principal at Safety Harbor Middle School before returning to Kennedy in August.
That’s not the only new leadership news coming out of Pinellas. Antelia Campbell, former principal at Gibbs High, has been named the new principal at Largo Middle School. Campbell, 37, was principal at Gibbs for three years. Since coming to the district 11 years ago, she has been assistant principal at Oak Grove Middle School and Largo and Tarpon Springs high schools.
Additionally, the School Board approved these principal appointments at its last meeting:
Diane Cato, former assistant principal at Lake St. George Elementary, is the school’s new principal. Cato’s salary will increase from $67,198 to $90,241.
Gail Cox, former assistant principal at Paul B. Stephens Exceptional Student Education Center, is the school’s new principal. Her salary will increase from $56,279 to $74,047.
Kimberly Hill, former assistant principal at Leila Davis Elementary, is the school’s new principal. Her salary will increase from $49,952 to $68,562.
Three other principal assignments will be effective July 1:
Susan Garcia-Nikolova, assistant principal at Shore Acres Elementary, will become principal at Lakeview Fundamental. Her salary will increase from $58,314 to $75,514.
David Rosenberger, former principal at Coachman Fundamental, will be the new principal at Coachman/Kennedy Fundamental Middle. His $84,602 salary will remain the same.
Katherine B. Wickett, principal at McMullen-Booth Elementary, will move to Cross Bayou Elementary, where she served as assistant principal. Her $84,171 salary will remain the same.
Donna Winchester, Pinellas Education Reporter