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Pasco County teachers want input in principal selection



Two Pasco County middle schools have principal openings, after their former leaders took transfers to other posts within the district.

It's also the time of year when the superintendent's team takes a look at whether all its principals are in the best places for the future.

Teachers don't want to have just anyone foisted upon them. So lately they've begun sending superintendent Kurt Browning recommendations and requests to be involved in the selection process.

Educators at River Ridge Middle School have mounted a campaign to promote one of its assistant principals to replace Marcy Hetzler-Nettles, recently promoted to assistant superintendent. The faculty at Chasco Middle School, meanwhile, sent a joint email saying they take the leadership issues very seriously as their school finds a principal to take over for David Huyck, who moved to Crews Lake Middle.

"Research shows that a key component for effective learning is a stable, safe environment for all learners of which teachers are an intrinsic part. For teachers to feel valued and supported a school must have strong leadership," the faculty wrote. "Our desire is to have input into the appointment of this very important position with the hope that the process will be a transparent one."

Several reports have indicated that a principal's role is second only to classroom instruction in a school's success or failure.

The superintendent's staff expects to discuss school leadership issues as early as next week.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:34am]


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