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Pasco schools prepare for principal, administrator changes

Some of the departures are expected. Others came as a surprise.

But as the school year ends, the Pasco County school district finds itself in the midst of restocking its leadership team for another year.

At the elementary schools, Sand Pine Elementary principal Ginny Yanson departs after more than three decades of leadership. Chasco Elementary principal Dolly Gauvey, meanwhile, is taking an unplanned year leave of absence to take care of family matters.

That's thrown into doubt whether superintendent Heather Fiorentino will force Centennial Elementary principal Cindy Harper back into retirement, as she planned earlier this year.

It's difficult to fill three elementary leadership posts, Fiorentino said, and Harper is doing well at Centennial. Plus, Harper did not go through DROP when she left the district a few years back, which could play in her favor, Fiorentino said. Candidate interviews continue on Friday.

At the high schools, the district still does not have a permanent principal for Sunlake High. It also need to find someone to replace Steve Cox, who is retiring from Moore-Mickens Education Center.

Some key central office moves were approved this morning.

The School Board approved the appointment of Kevin Shibley as director of employee relations, to replace retiring Terry Rhum, whom Fiorentino called a district "icon." It also named Aaron Graczyk as supervisor of research and evaluation to replace Madeline Barbery, a longtime district testing expert who unexpectedly retired.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:07am]


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