Reward offered for safe return of chihuahua
A $500 reward is being offered for the safe return of Tanner, a chihuahua taken over the weekend from a pet adoption event at PetSmart. Tanner has special needs: He is extremely skittish, becomes upset if put on a leash and is nearly impossible to catch if he gets loose outside, according to the Animal Friends Society, which holds the weekly adoption events at the Wesley Chapel PetSmart. The 14-month-old dog is not house-trained. "We are very concerned that the people who stole him will become frustrated and dump him, lose him or hurt him," said Valerie Vandiver, a volunteer with the rescue group. Tanner weighs 5.4 pounds and has distinctive ears: His left ear folds forward, and his right ear stands straight up. He is microchipped. Tanner can be returned, no questions asked, to the PetSmart at the Grove shopping center off State Road 54. Anyone with information may call PetSmart at (813) 994-7010 or e-mail email@example.com.
Principal tapped to become a director
San Antonio Elementary School needs a new principal. Vanessa Hilton, who became the school's leader in 2007, will become the district's director of curriculum and instruction today. Her appointment comes weeks after the retirement of Kathy Steiner. Hilton, who also has a law degree, has gained a strong reputation for her use of data to drive education decisions. She has been a leader in the implementation of Response to Intervention strategies, with educators from across Florida coming to San Antonio Elementary to learn from her. San Antonio Elementary has remained an A-rated school under Hilton's leadership despite seeing its low-income population become the majority in the school. The district plans to advertise the principal's position.
New job for middle school principal
Superintendent Heather Fiorentino has tapped David Salerno to run Rushe Middle School, which has been without a principal since Dave Estabrook retired two months ago. Salerno's selection leaves Seven Springs Middle School needing a new leader. Salerno, a Pasco schools employee for 20 years, joined Seven Springs Middle in 2008 after a stint as supervisor of teacher recruitment and time as a teacher and assistant principal at other schools. During his tenure, Seven Springs has consistently earned an A in the state's school grading system even as the school's percentage of low-income students has increased. His replacement has not been selected.