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Principal shuffle continues in Pinellas County Schools

Superintendent Mike Grego is bringing forward another round of principal reappointments, with new appointments at Campbell Park Elementary, Blanton Elementary, Largo Middle, and Northwest Elementary.

Principal jobs were open at Blanton Elementary and Northwest Elementary because of retirements. Blanton's new principal will be Cheryl Ann Maggio, who is serving as assistant principal at Sexton Elementary. Northwest's new principal will be Marie Brainard, who is assistant principal at Woodlawn Elementary. Maggio and Brainard will move into their new roles in July.

The district wouldn't provide information about the status of several principals, such as Godfrey Watson at Campbell Park Elementary, Kim Short at Pinellas Park Elementary and Alisa Gatlin at Largo Middle, saying their employment status would be available before the start of the 2013/14 school year.

According to Tuesday's agenda, Watson has been moved to an assistant principal job at Ridgecrest Elementary. Robert Ovalle, principal of New Heights Elementary, will take the helm at Campbell Park Elementary. Ovalle was moved to the principal position at New Heights a couple years ago after being demoted from director of elementary education.

Short and Gatlin aren't on the list of reappointments and it's not clear yet if they will be rehired. But Lisa Freeman has been named principal at Pinellas Park Elementary. She currently is principal of Cypress Woods Elementary. Stephanie Joyner, assistant principal at Pinellas Secondary School, has been appointed principal of Largo Middle.

Joyner had been the director of middle school education. The position was eliminated last year.

Douglas Kiemig, principal of Hamilton Disston School, will take the helm at Calvin Hunsinger. Principal Stephanie Bessette is retiring later this month. 

Other principals are staying at their schools, despite rumors about changes. Principal Barry Brown will remain at John Hopkins Middle. Principal Clint Herbic will stay at Tarpon Springs High.

Grego said it took longer to make reappointments this year because, as a new superintendent, he wanted to go over each principal with the area superintendents. Next year, the process will move faster, he said. The School Board must sign off on the appointments, in most cases, unless a candidate is unqualified.

The appointments are on the June 11 board agenda. The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, with public comments at 10 a.m.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 6, 2013 11:24am]


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