They're back -- old faces to return to Pasco school administration
Pasco County schools superintendent Kurt Browning is bringing two familiar faces back to the school district in high level posts.
He has recommended the appointment of Ray Gadd as assistant superintendent for operations, and Amelia Van Name Larson as assistant superintendent for student achievement.
Gadd held a similar job under former superintendent Heather Fiorentino until Fiorentino did not renew his contract in June 2009. Van Name Larson was a district curriculum supervisor, overseeing the district's implementation of Response to Intervention programs, until she resigned rather than accept a transfer to an elementary school assistant principal post.
Gadd, who led Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services since his departure, said he looked forward to returning to the district.
"I love the school system. I loved the people I worked with. I want to come back and help Kurt make the transition," he said. Gadd heaped praise upon the department directors who will report to him, calling them "top notch professionals," and said he was "ecstatic" to work with them again.
Van Name Larson began consulting nationally after her resignation. Browning called her for advice during that time, and, she said, she came to like how he thinks.
"We started working together very, very well," she said. "As time went on, he really started asking me to come back."
Van Name Larson was not at first certain what he wanted, but as Browning started talking about realigning the district to better serve schools, she was convinced. "Due to his leadership and vision, I am committed to doing this," she said.
Browning also has picked Crews Lake Middle School principal Chris Christoff to lead the district's new professional development and support department.
All three appointments go to the School Board for approval on Tuesday. If approved, the two assistant superintendents are scheduled to take office on Wednesday. Christoff would make his move after winter break.