Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Education

Pasco welcomes new principals for 2017-18

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:

Scott Atkins

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.

Melissa Bidgood

New school: Veterans Elementary

Old school: Wiregrass Elementary (assistant principal)

Challenge: Bidgood has not been a principal before.

Carin Nettles

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.

Gretchen Rudolph-Fladd

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.

Christine Twardosz

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.

Vicki Wolin

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

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