Pasco's Dayspring Academy secondary school gets new leadership for new direction
Pasco County's longest-standing charter school, Dayspring Academy, has a new leadership team as its secondary campus begins a new college focus for its growing high school student body.
Over the summer, the school's board did not renew the contract of principal Sara Calleja. In her place, veteran senior administrator Suzanne Legg, who has run the school for 17 years, stepped in to oversee Dayspring's new program that has students taking courses at Pasco-Hernando State College four days a week.
Assistant principal Tim Greenier, who has been at Dayspring about five years, will continue in his role.
"We went in a different direction, and we didn't have another school we could relocate her to," founder John Legg, a retiring state senator, said of Calleja.
He said the new dual enrollment program, which officially begins in two weeks, was a personal project for him and his wife, having crafted it over close to two years.
"We wanted to be hands on and guide it the way we wanted to guide it," Legg said. "We wanted to be sure it had a Dayspring flavor to it."
Under the past school leadership, he said, Dayspring had become closer to a traditional public school than hoped. If a charter cannot be innovative and fresh, he said, "then why exist as a charter school?"
Legg expected his wife to oversee the secondary school, where she has relocated her office, for six months to a year.