Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Education

Principal at Pasadena Fundamental Elementary resigns amid investigation

ST. PETERSBURG — The principal of Pasadena Fundamental Elementary has resigned and is under investigation by the Pinellas County School District.

Officials confirmed Friday that Daniel L. Brennan, 42, who has led the school since 2012, resigned Wednesday. District spokeswoman Melanie Parra would not disclose the reason for the investigation, which is being conducted by the Office of Professional Standards.

The office is responsible for investigating employee misconduct and recommending disciplinary action. Brennan could not immediately be reached for comment.

Area superintendent Bob Poth sent a letter Thursday to parents alerting them of the resignation.

"This was a difficult, personal decision for Mr. Brennan as he has had an unwavering commitment to the students, families and staff of Pasadena Fundamental," Poth wrote.

Mary Jane Dann, a retired Douglas Jamerson Elementary principal, has been tapped to lead Pasadena Fundamental until the district can hire a replacement for Brennan. The district started advertising on Thursday for people to fill the position, which pays $85,390 a year. The application period closes next week.

On Friday, the school's website still listed Brennan as the principal, and included a message in which he praised the school's staff, students and parents. About 460 students attend Pasadena Fundamental, according to state enrollment records. The school consistently receives "A" grades from the state.

Brennan was hired by the school district in 1998. He has served as a teacher at Bauder Elementary and Oak Grove Middle and as an assistant principal at John Hopkins Middle and Mount Vernon Elementary.

Researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Contact Colleen Wright at [email protected] or (727) 893-8643. Follow @Colleen_Wright.

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