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Pasco principal sends departure message to families



Sand Pine Elementary School principal Todd Cluff knew that the announcement Tuesday of his departure for a promotion would get quick attention from the Gradebook.

He wanted to be sure students and parents heard it from him first. So in the few minutes between the district's release of the School Board agenda, on which the move was listed, and his anticipated reporter call, Cluff crafted and sent a robo-call and e-mail to his school community.

In it, Cluff called his decision to change jobs "emotionally painful," and said he wished he could make a more personalized connection with everyone. He said he intended to visit campus once classes resume to make a more proper goodbye.

Check out what he wrote below. What do you thinkis the best way for a principal to let his school know he's leaving?

"Sand Pine Families:

"I have some news that I personally wanted to share with all of you. Earlier today I was offered, and I have accepted, a new position with the district as the fourth Learning Community Executive Director. This position will enable me to support the vision of our district by working with my fellow principals and schools. Obviously, this will be a wonderful, professional challenge for me.

"Needless to say, as exciting as this change will be for me as a professional, it is just as emotionally painful for me to leave my Sand Pine family. The staff, students, and families here have embraced me as a leader, colleague, and a friend for over six year. I wish this transition didn't have to take place during the summer, when I can't say a proper good-bye to everyone.

"As we have been working to refine our skills to better prepare students for the challenges of career, college, and life, I am very excited at the direction Sand Pine has been moving. I am also confident that this work will continue with increasing momentum because of the dedication of this staff. In spite of the change, it brings me comfort knowing that Mrs. Kinzie will continue here at Sand Pine bringing the same passion and care for each child that she always has. The hiring of a new principal will be done over the next few weeks, and as more information becomes available, rest assured that you'll be kept up-to-date.

"Ideally, I wanted you to hear about this change from me first and not just read about it in the paper. It is my desire to come back to say goodbye to the students sometime after school resumes.

"Thank you again for all the support you have given me and my staff. It has been an honor to serve the families of Sand Pine.

"Todd Cluff"

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:28pm]


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