Pasco principal job draws some familiar faces
The vacancy created by Jim Michaels' retirement as Pasco Mitchell High principal has attracted a larger than usual pool of applicants, including some names familiar to the school and district.
Ridgewood High School principal Angie Murphy, a one-time Mitchell assistant principal, is on the list. So, too, is former Gulf High principal Steve Knobl, who quit the district in 2012 to run a local branch of Rasmussen College.
Jessica Schultz, one of Mitchell's current assistant principals, applied, as did Land O'Lakes High assistant principal Jeff Morgenstein, Wiregrass Ranch High assistant principal Shauntte Butcher, Wesley Chapel High assistant principal Danielle Johnson and Seven Springs Middle assistant principal Tracie Beerman. Seven Springs sits adjacent to Mitchell.
The job also has drawn from outside secondary schools. Trinity Oaks Elementary principal Allison Hoskins has bid for the post, as have Kelly Wisneski, a former elementary principal in Hillsborough schools, and Mary Jordan-Anstead, a director of Pepin Academies Pasco.
Interviews are being scheduled. Officials have said no candidate has the inside track. (As a side note, though, superintendent Kurt Browning often promotes assistant principals to a school's top job when the principal leaves.)