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From Northeast to Boca Ciega to Pinellas district headquarters



Kevin Hendrick, the popular Northeast High principal who Superintendent Julie Janssen transferred over parent and teacher objections, will soon be the district’s new director of high school education.

Janssen told The Gradebook today she offered Hendrick the position after he told her this week he was going to leave his new job at Boca Ciega High for one outside the district. “I said obviously I’d like to keep you in the district,” she said.

Hendrick said personal issues were involved in his decision, but declined to be more specific. He also declined to specify what job offer he was considering outside the district, though Janssen said she thought it was tied to an alternative high school in Manatee County. The district job is “sort of a jack of all trades position and I’m really excited about it,” Hendrick said.

Supporters of both Northeast and Boca Ciega were stunned.

“Unbelievable,” said Northeast parent Midge Silk. “This whole thing could have possibly been avoided” if Janssen had left Hendrick at Northeast.

“No way,” said Dan Rothenberger, president of the parent teacher student association at Boca Ciega. “I’m definitely disappointed. I was looking forward to Kevin being the guy.”

Janssen said former Osceola Fundamental High principal Carol Moore will take the helm at Boca Ciega until a permanent principal is found.

Read more in tomorrow's St. Petersburg Times.

[Last modified: Friday, August 6, 2010 7:43pm]


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