Lacoochee, Seven Oaks elementary schools get new leaders
Two Pasco County elementary schools will get new principals in the coming weeks.
Superintendent Kurt Browning decided to move Shirley Ray, who has led struggling Lacoochee Elementary School since 2010, to the top job at Seven Oaks Elementary, where she was an assistant principal for four years. Lacoochee is in the midst of a turnaround plan that includes restaffing, as it expects to earn a third straight D in the state grading system.
Replacing Ray at Lacoochee will be Latoya Jordan, assistant principal at Cox Elementary for the past six years. Jordan, who grew up in Lacoochee, served on the team that helped pick the school's new teaching staff. Browning said she is qualified for the position despite not having been a principal before, because of her strong performance at Cox.
"It's the right thing to do," Browning said of the changes.