TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School Board on Monday named Michael Rowan, assistant principal for administration at Wharton High School, as principal of King High School. Rowan replaces Carla Bruning, who was transferred to Newsome High.
For vacancies at Ballast Point Elementary and Grady Elementary, the district promoted from within, with assistant principals Debra Fitzpatrick at Ballast Point and Kristine Dosal at Grady.
In other business:
• Board member Susan Valdes continued to press the issue of board approval for new vacancies. At the last meeting, she voted against hiring a supervisor for single-gender schools because the board had not approved the grant-funded position. Since then Valdes sought a legal opinion from the school district's attorney.
The response: If a vacancy is not approved by the board, the board does not have to approve the superintendent's choice.
The board plans to discuss the matter in a workshop.
• Member Stacy White, in examining screening requirements in the district's safe driver plan, objected to the fact that driver education teachers are not subjected to the same drug screening as bus drivers.
• The board voted to streamline its use of online learning programs by buying unlimited licenses from Aventa Learning for $750,000. The district now contracts with several companies for a variety of online courses, including credit recovery for students who have trouble meeting graduation requirements.
With the state now requiring widespread online learning, the district expects the number of students that use these programs to grow from 4,360 to 7,500.
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