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Four west Pasco County schools to get new principals



The unexpected resignation of Lane Morris as Gulfside Elementary School's principal has set off a chain reaction of leadership changes in Pasco County's west side elementary schools.

Jeanne Krapfl, who has run Cypress Elementary since summer 2013, will take over at Gulfside. She had been Gulfside's assistant principal before transferring to Cypress.

Tracy Graziaplene, the principal at Hudson Elementary since summer 2013, will move into the top spot at Cypress. Graziaplene ran Northwest Elementary before taking over Hudson, which needed new leadership because of a retirement and also accountability requirements. Hudson still faces state accountability mandates because it has not shown much improvement in student performance on state assessments.

Dawn Scilex, principal of Fox Hollow Elementary since summer 2013, is headed to the principalship at Hudson. Scilex has taken Fox Hollow, which had seen its state grade drop from C to F over three years, back to a C in 2015. Her arrival at Hudson is part of a larger turnaround effort, of which details are still being worked out, district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said.

Karyn Kinzie, Fox Hollow's assistant principal, will slide into the top job at the school.

Krapfl's appointment is set to take place April 6, while the others have effective dates of May 2. All require School Board approval.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 31, 2016 2:11pm]


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