Pasco County School Board to look into midyear principal transfers
Some Pasco County parents continued Tuesday to complain about the unexpected, quick removal of principals from their schools this week.
"Our school has gone from meh to excellent in the past four years," parent Lynn Moses said of Seven Springs Middle School. "I'm terribly disappointed that we've been told the borders of our school would be changing and ... we're losing our very fine principal."
School Board members heard the concerns, and suggested the district take a closer look at its rules governing midyear principal transfers. They acknowledged they cannot simply overturn an employee move, barring good cause.
Still, board member Steve Luikart lamented that the district has told teachers they can't change jobs without having a qualified replacement secured, "yet we as district transfer folks from the administrative ranks whenever we want to."
A retired assistant principal, Luikart added that a school leader significantly impacts the campus morale and culture, and removing one so close to testing season might have adverse effects. He asked for staff to study how other school districts deal with principal transfers, for possible ideas to improve Pasco's procedures.
Chairman Allen Altman agreed, suggesting that the district focus on nearby counties rather than the entire state. He also recommended waiting until after the legislative session, when the district annually updates its policies.
"It can be 2-3 months from now," Luikart responded. "It's just something we need to look at."