Spring principal shuffle begins in Hillsborough
TAMPA -- Five Hillsborough schools will see new leaders next week, as the district begins its annual leadership churn:
* At Spoto High School, assistant principal for curriculum Phillip Carr will replace the retiring Clyde Trathowen;
* Dowdell Middle Magnet School will be led by Roger Stanley, the current principal at Bing Elementary, due to the retirement of Robert Lawson;
* Franklin Middle Magnet School, which becomes an all-boys' preparatory academy this fall, will be led by John Haley III, the current principal at Madison Middle;
* Ferrell Middle Magnet School, the district's new all-girls' academy, will be led by Karen French, current principal at Franklin Middle;
* And Walker Middle School, now an International Baccalaureate candidate for the Middle Years Program, will be led by Anthony Jones, assistant principal for curriculum at Hillsborough High.
At today's meeting, the School Board also approved the continuation of David Burgess as principal at Roland Park K-8, as that school transitions to IB candidate status this fall.
While many districts wait until the end of the school year to shift principals around, Hillsborough often makes such moves in the spring, the better to leap out of the starting gate each fall and minimize disruptions in preparing for the spring testing season.
All of the appointments take effect March 7, and will create a few other leadership openings in the district. In other words: stay tuned.