Principals named for three of five struggling schools in Pinellas
Three of five Pinellas County schools facing state intervention will have new principals as of mid-June, superintendent Mike Grego announced today. The two others, Maximo Elementary and Azalea Middle, will keep their current principals.
Fairmount Park Elementary, Melrose Elementary and Pinellas Park Middle will get new leaders. The changes, effective June 10, are as follows:
Cooper Dawson will leave Fairmount Park for North Shore Elementary. Nina Pollauf, principal of Northwest Elementary, will move to Fairmount Park.
Christine Porter will go from Melrose Elementary to Orange Grove Elementary, while Nanette Grasso, principal of Orange Grove, will move to Melrose.
Dave Rosenberger, principal of Clearwater Fundamental Middle, will move to Pinellas Park Middle. No word yet on who will take Rosenberger's place. Grego didn't say whether Principal Robyn Witcher, principal of Pinellas Park Middle is being moved.
Grego brought the changes to the School Board Tuesday as a "walk-in" agenda item during the meeting. It passed on the consent agenda with no comment from board members. Grego read the list, but a copy of it wasn't available during the meeting. (There was some question after Grego read the announcement whether Dawson was going to Northwest or North Shore. An area super said it was North Shore. Full disclosure, this reporter heard Northwest. Apologies.)
The Gradebook will be asking today about the selection process and how it matches up with the state's requirements. The state requires a comprehensive search for a principal with a clear record of turning around a similar school.
What do you think about the changes?