Pasco officials prepare new rules for choosing principals
The Pasco school district is about to change the way it picks principals.
Gone will be what assistant superintendent Amelia Larson called the "HR component" -- the district's former practice of making applicants jump through several hoops to join a pool of approved candidates. Larson said a review of other school systems revealed that such steps were out of the mainstream, and could get in the way of finding the best qualified aspirants.
The district will continue to provide leadership training opportunities to educators who are interested in rising up to a principal post, she added.
"It is going to look very different," Larson told the School Board of the new selection system. "We are going to finalize it and bring it to you very soon."
Superintendent Kurt Browning made clear in the first week of his term that he did not like the method for selecting principals used in the past administration. He said his goal was to open the field to allow "the right person" to rise to the top. The district currently has vacancies at Anclote High and Gulf Highlands Elementary, and the principal at Pasco High is serving in an interim capacity.