One candidate qualifies for Pasco Anclote High principal job
On taking office, Pasco schools superintendent Kurt Browning announced he wanted to change the way the district picks principals. He said the existing practice of having candidates apply for and be accepted to pools limited the superintendent's ability to choose the best person for the job.
Browning has since done away with the pool process, and expanded the qualifications to be considered for a school leadership position. He's also had the professional development office develop new models for identifying and training new potential principals.
Even with these changes, though, the district got just one qualified candidate to apply for the vacancy running Anclote High School that was created when Browning picked Monica Ilse to move into his top administrative ranks. She's now a learning community executive director, overseeing one of four K-12 school regions.
Michelle Williams, an assistant principal at Hudson High School, is the only official applicant. One other person did put in his name, but did not meet all the criteria still in place.
Williams is not guaranteed the job, although southwest learning community executive director Beth Brown, who is helping in the selection, did call Williams "really exceptional." Brown said she and others will discuss the possibilities before interviewing Williams. She said the district aims to have someone in charge at Anclote as soon as possible, so Ilse can stop doing double duty.