Pasco Paul R. Smith Middle gets new principal
Pasco Paul R. Smith Middle School has a newly appointed principal in Margie Fackelman, just shy of a month after Chris Dunning was transferred to lead Seven Springs Middle.
Fackelman, currently an assistant principal at River Ridge Middle, briefly visited the Smith Middle staff on Friday but will not start officially until the School Board approves her appointment on Tuesday. "I am very excited and honored to have this opportunity," she said. "It's a wonderful school with an innovative and energetic staff."
Fackelman joined the Pasco school district as a teacher at Bayonet Point Middle in 1984. She was part of the staff that opened Centennial Middle before moving to River Ridge as an administrator. She's also played a leadership role on the district's secondary design planning group.
"She's just a really great fit, a wonderful, very experienced assistant principal who is ready to take on that job," said Beth Brown, district executive director for secondary education.