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Two Pasco elementary schools swap principals; new leader named to middle school

Pasco County's Connerton and Wesley Chapel elementary schools will trade principals in June, if the School Board approves.

Aimee Mielke, who has led Connerton since 2013, will switch places with John Abernathy, who has run Wesley Chapel since 2007.

Mielke sent a note to her staff on Tuesday with the subject line "I Love You All!" to briefly explain that she sought something new.

"I am excited for this change and believe it will provide a great new start for me, which is what I hoped for," she wrote. "Thank you for three amazing years!"

District spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said that Abernathy also looked for a new challenge after leading his school for nearly a decade.

Paul R. Smith Middle School in Holiday also will get a new principal in June. Joel DiVincent, a supervisor in the district professional development office, will take over the spot. He replaces Susan Seibert, who is leaving the post for personal reasons.

DiVincent has worked for the district since 1996. He was an assistant principal at Chasco Middle School before moving to the district office.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 9:15am]


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