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Does an elementary school need two assistant principals?

As a general rule, Pasco County elementary schools get two administrators -- a principal and an assistant principal. The overarching philosophy is that these schools are smaller and less complex than middle and high schools to run.

But a key district official is suggesting that one elementary school needs another hand. Dave Scanga, learning community executive director for central Pasco, has urged the administration to add a second assistant principal to Seven Oaks Elementary as the district firms up its allocations for the coming year.

Seven Oaks has several unusual factors driving the recommendation, Scanga said in an e-mail to assistant superintendent Amelia Larson. Its population exceeds 1,000 and shows signs of continued growth, as new subdivisions rise. The district has no plans to relieve the surging enrollment for at least three years.

"There are seven middle schools that have less students than SOES, but have two assistant principals," Scanga wrote.

The school also has five high-needs self-contained special education classrooms, along with about 25 percent of its population being mainstreamed ESE students. With just two administrators, he suggested, getting teacher evaluations completed is almost impossible.

He proposed the advocacy of at least an administrative intern for the school, if not another assistant principal.

Pasco elementary assistant principals earn $60,563 a year. The School Board has approved allocations for 2014-15 but continues to refine them.

[Last modified: Monday, May 5, 2014 9:23am]


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