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New faces include principals

New schools open. Folks retire. Administrators seek new challenges. It's no surprise that a decent number of Pasco's schools start the year with a different leader than the one they had 12 months ago. Here's a quick rundown of the district's newest principals.

Cara Allen, Moon Lake Elementary School

Past job: Principal, Mary Giella Elementary

Replaces: Susan Barcellino

Notable: Allen is taking over on short notice after Barcellino decided to return to Collier County. The school district is advertising the principal's job at Mary Giella Elementary.

Mike Asbell, Bayonet Point Middle School

Past job: Assistant principal, Seven Springs Middle

Replaces: Steve Knobl

Notable: Asbell is the school's sixth principal in seven years. He says he wants to remain there as long as the superintendent will let him.

Donna Busby, Veterans Elementary School

Past job: Principal, Moon Lake Elementary

Replaces: N/A (new school)

Notable: Busby is considered tough but fair, with high expectations for all. She strives to create a nurturing environment similar to the schools in southern Illinois where she grew up.

Chris Christoff, Crews Lake Middle School

Past job: Principal, Seven Springs Middle

Replaces: N/A (new school)

Notable: Christoff uses what he calls an "action research model," in which he encourages teachers to seek out the most effective techniques based on available studies.

Delores "Dolly" Gauvey, Chasco Elementary School

Past job: Assistant principal, Sand Pine Elementary

Replaces: John Mann

Notable: Gauvey, who took over Chasco in October 2007, plans to implement more mainstreaming of students with special needs. She also plans to increase parent participation.

Steve Knobl, Gulf High School

Past job: Principal, Bayonet Point Middle

Replaces: Tom Imerson

Notable: Knobl takes over a school that has taken some knocks on its reputation within the community. Instilling pride at Gulf High is one of his top priorities.

David Salerno, Seven Springs Middle School

Past job: Assistant principal, River Ridge Middle

Replaces: Chris Christoff

Notable: Salerno is known for his sense of humor and his ability to connect with students. He aims to take the successful school to higher academic levels.

New faces include principals 08/02/08 [Last modified: Friday, August 8, 2008 8:10pm]
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