The Pasco County school district tends to assign new principals to schools well before the end of the academic year to give them the chance to get to know students, staff and parents before summer break. A handful of the district's newest school leaders took their posts just weeks before vacation began. Those starting relatively fresh in August are:
New school: West Zephyrhills Elementary
Old school: Sand Pine Elementary
Challenge: West Zephyrhills is the district's sole D-rated school. It faces a state-mandated turnaround plan.
New school: Veterans Elementary
Old school: Wiregrass Elementary (assistant principal)
Challenge: Bidgood has not been a principal before.
New school: Cypress Creek Middle-High
Old school: Wesley Chapel High
Challenge: Cypress Creek Middle-High is a brand-new school, without culture or traditions, and it is being filled with students from former rival schools.
New school: Centennial Elementary
Old school: Veterans Elementary
Challenge: Centennial Elementary has been on and off the state's Lowest Performing 300 list in reading. It came off the list in 2017.
New school: Sand Pine Elementary
Old school: Centennial Elementary
Challenge: Sand Pine is a high-performing school, earning an A grade in all but two years (2010, 1999), and its families have high expectations.
New school: Bexley Elementary
Old school: Seven Springs Elementary
Challenge: Bexley is a brand new school, without a culture or traditions.
Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times staff writer