NEW PORT RICHEY — The Athenian Academy of Pasco has a new leader at the helm.
Mary DeNicola has resigned after a year and a half as principal, the charter school announced Tuesday. She will be replaced by Fern Aefsky, an educator with more than 30 years of experience, most recently as the superintendent of schools in the Beacon City School District in New York.
Aefsky started her career in the late 1970s as a public schools teacher in northern Virginia. She became a principal at a private school before returning to New York as an administrator of programs for students with disabilities. She served that role in various districts before becoming schools superintendent in Beacon, N.Y., a city of about 15,000 people about 70 miles north of New York City.
The Athenian Academy of Pasco is a charter school in New Port Richey that serves about 300 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It received an A grade last year. This is the school's fourth principal since 2009.