New principal is headed to Van Buren Middle
Van Buren Middle School will get a new principal during Tuesday's Hillsborough County School Board meeting.
Derrick Gaines, who has led the school since 2013, took a job last month as principal of the Bowers-Whitley Career Center, replacing the retiring Anthony Colucci.
Van Buren, which serves the North Tampa area east of Sulphur Springs, is one of the lowest-performing middle schools in Florida and has not had a grade higher than a D since 2009. Enrollment there dropped by 14 percent this year, to 457.
The district is also replacing Angela Vickers at North Tampa Alternative School. Vickers, a longtime principal whose previous assignments include Sligh Middle, is now supervisor of technology training in the professional development department.