New principal for Moton Elementary
Hernando County School has hired an veteran administrator from Lake County, Joe Frana, to take over as principal of troubled Moton Elementary School.
Frana has experience improving the performance of schools and “an irrepressible spirit of positivity,” according to an announcement released by Hernando district spokeswoman Karen Jordan.
A previous principal, Mark Griffith, and assistant principal, Anna Jensen, were removed from the school during a district investigation last spring. Griffith's replacement, Jame Young, left the job abruptly at the beginning of the school year, saying the district has not provided adequate resources for the school -- an accusation the district denied. The school’s grade also slipped to a D and it is the only Hernando elementary school on the list of the 300 lowest-performing schools in the state.