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Principal Kevin Gordon's last day at Gibbs High

Gibbs High School said good-bye to principal Kevin Gordon on Friday. Some highlights of his tenure:

May 2009: Gordon, a veteran of Pinellas schools, is tapped to take over the struggling school.

June 2009: Two weeks after Gordon takes over, Gibbs becomes the county's first F-rated high school.

August 2009: One of Gordon's first moves: spelling out a tougher discipline plan on hundreds of posters throughout the school, everything from work details for cutting lines in the cafeteria to stiffer suspensions for disrupting classes.

August 2010: The state places Gibbs on "intervene" status, a short list of schools that haven't demonstrated sufficient improvement on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

September 2010: Gibbs goes to a longer school day.

November 2010: Gibbs' graduation rate rose from 72.4 to 81.8 percent. (Critics say numbers don't count thousands of students who transfer into adult-education programs and often drop out.)

December 2010: Gibbs earns a C, falling just short of a B.

May 2011: District data shows Gibbs topping the list in the number of teachers requesting transfers: 35. (Reasons vary.)

October 2011: Gordon is headed to be provost of St. Petersburg College's downtown and Midtown campuses, replacing Yvonne Ulmer. The two campuses have a total of 3,200 students.

Principal Kevin Gordon's last day at Gibbs High 11/19/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 19, 2011 3:31am]
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