Saturday, May 26, 2018
Education

Eight teachers land transfers out of Connerton Elementary

LAND O'LAKES — Look for some teaching job ads at Connerton Elementary School.

Last week, 11 teachers applied for transfers after the Pasco County School District offered to expedite such moves in the wake of leadership complaints at Connerton. The district would make the moves easy, eliminating interviews and putting the teachers at the top of the list for jobs they're qualified to perform.

Eight of the teachers who sought transfers have accepted positions elsewhere in the district, spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli said. The other three did not want the jobs offered to them, she said.

"We're going to continue to work with them to see if they can find a spot," she said.

Connerton has struggled lately as some unhappy former employees and their supporters have called for the school's leadership to be removed. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino removed the assistant principal and brought in a new one to help improve the school climate and culture under principal Anna Falcone, who remains in charge.

Fiorentino also offered to facilitate transfers for any of the school's 67 teachers. Eleven signed up for that option.

Two of those did not seek to leave because of concerns about the school's leadership, Romagnoli said. They landed at Connerton because of involuntary transfers last year, she said, and they wanted to move to sites closer to home.

The other requests came for a variety of reasons, some of which Romagnoli said were connected to the school's recent controversies.

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