NEW PORT RICHEY — Several elementary school principal moves are in the works for 2013, including one surprise retirement.
Cypress Elementary School principal Dolly Gauvey announced her retirement late last week, saying she wanted to spend some time traveling and then explore other job prospects. Gauvey, who has led Cypress since 2011, has a degree in computer technology.
"It was a very tough decision for me to make," said Gauvey, 60, who has worked for the Pasco district since 2000. "I know I'm going to miss the kids and working with all the professionals I've worked with."
As the Cypress job came open, superintendent Kurt Browning moved to fill other vacancies within the district. That created a domino effect among school leaders.
Browning is recommending that Kay Coe move from San Antonio Elementary to the open spot at Pine View Elementary. Michele Berger, who has led Quail Hollow Elementary, which is temporarily closing for renovations, will move to the San Antonio job.
On the other side of the county, Tracy Graziaplene will transfer from Northwest Elementary to take over Hudson Elementary, where Linda McCarthy is retiring. And Nicole Reynolds, principal at Shady Hills Elementary, which also is temporarily closing for renovations, will slide into the Northwest job.
Still open are the principal jobs at Seven Oaks and Lacoochee elementary schools, as well as Cypress. The new appointments are to go to the School Board on Tuesday.