Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Keeping former Cypress Elementary principal on school district staff raises questions

LAND O'LAKES — When the Pasco County School Board considers employee reappointments Tuesday, the list will include one name that has generated controversy in the past few months. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino has recommended keeping Deanna DeCubellis, whom she removed as Cypress Elementary principal in April, on staff as a grant resource specialist.

The decision has prompted some board members to ask questions about the propriety of keeping an employee who earned $77,444 a year (it's not known if she got a pay cut with her demotion) while laying off other employees who earn less and did not have poor evaluations.

Board chairwoman Joanne Hurley said Fiorentino explained that while DeCubellis did not perform up to expectations as a principal, she can perform well in another role.

"The onus is now on that person to perform well in that spot," Hurley said. "So many quality people were laid off. It's imperative we keep all the quality people that we can."

Keeping former Cypress Elementary principal on school district staff raises questions 06/02/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 2, 2011 8:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. A meatless burger that tastes like meat? Ciccio Restaurants will serve the Impossible Burger.

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — The most red-hot hamburger in the nation right now contains no meat.

    Luis Flores, executive chef at Ciccio Restaurant Group, prepares an Impossible Burger at Epicurean Hotel's Food Theatre. Impossible Burger is a plant-based burger that will launch on Sept. 27, 2017 in all the Ciccio Restaurant Group locations, except for Fresh Kitchen. "This burger caters to the carnivorous, not just the vegetarians" said Jeff Gigante, co-founder at Ciccio Restaurant Group. ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times
  2. Plan your weekend: Sept. 22-24: Buffyfest, Arcade Fire, Howl-O-Scream, Wanderlust 108 and 'Rent'

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Pop show

    Florida Björkestra's Buffyfest: Pop culture meets pop music when the Florida Björkestra, a 20-piece alternative-classical ensemble that tributes ground-breaking pop artists, on Saturday will play with eight vocalists for "Once More with …

    The 20th anniversary tour of RENT, shown in 2016, comes to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Sept. 19-24, 2017. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
  3. Chris Archer, 25,000 Cubs fans and Tampa Bay's painful truth

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The biggest ovation inside Tropicana Field on Tuesday night was not for Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who was returning for the first time since managing the Rays.

    "W" flags fly in the stands after the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Rays Tuesday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. A rendering of the Bucs' indoor practice facility.
  5. Poorly assembled 'Lego Ninjago Movie' waters down Lego movie franchise

    Movies

    Well, that didn't take long.

    After only three movies, the Lego franchise is already a shadow of its original self, less irreverent and go-for-broke bricky. The watering down of an ingenious formula comes with The Lego Ninjago Movie, the sort we expected all along from plastic construction toys.

    A scene from "The Lego Ninjago Movie." (Warner Bros.)