Sunday, June 17, 2018
Education

Pinellas principals tapped to lead new magnet schools

Pinellas County school officials have chosen two current principals to lead a pair of new elementary schools opening in August.

Robert Kalach Jr., principal of Safety Harbor Elementary, was tapped to oversee Gulf Beaches Elementary in St. Pete Beach. Garyn Boyd, principal of Seventy-Fourth Street Elementary, was selected to lead Kings Highway Elementary in Clearwater.

Both Gulf Beaches and Kings Highway, closed in 2009 amid dwindling enrollment, are reopening this fall as technology-focused magnets drawing students countywide. They are the first new schools Pinellas has opened in a decade.

"What a great opportunity to be able to reopen the school and provide more opportunities for the beaches, right on the barrier island," Kalach said.

Kalach and Boyd were the only Pinellas principals who applied to lead the schools. Most other candidates were assistant principals within the district. The School Board is expected to confirm the new appointments at its Tuesday meeting. It was not immediately clear Wednesday who would replace them at their current schools.

The school system also is looking to open an alternative high school this fall.

Contact Lisa Gartner at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter (@lisagartner).

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