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Shuffling of principals, assistants announced for Hernando schools

BROOKSVILLE — Hold on to your hall passes. There's a shakeup in store for Hernando County's school principals and assistant principals.

Four principals are moving to new posts for the 2012-13 school year, and at least nine assistant principals are shuffling.

Eastside Elementary School principal Bev Chapin will go to Weeki Wachee High to serve as an assistant principal. Tim Urban, currently manager of professional development in the district office, will take over at Eastside.

Rick Markford will leave West Hernando Middle School to serve as principal at J.D. Floyd K-8. West Hernando's assistant principal, Carmine Rufa, will take over for Markford as principal at West Hernando.

Floyd K-8 principal Ray Pinder moves to the principal's seat at Fox Chapel Middle School, taking the place of Barbara Kidder, who is retiring.

There's another program leader moving to a new post.

Dianne Azzarelli, assistant principal at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics and the lead administrator at the Quest Academy for the Gifted, which is located at Challenger, will now serve as the district's coordinator of exceptional student education. She switches places with Anna Jensen.

Asked for the reasons behind the moves, superintendent Bryan Blavatt offered a sports analogy.

"It's like coaching," he said. "You've got to put a person in the right place to do the best they can do."

Here is rundown of other assistant principal reassignments:

• Weeki Wachee High assistant principal Sue Lisk moves to West Hernando Middle.

• Central assistant principal Susan Dean goes to Weeki Wachee High.

• Floyd assistant principal Shari Meyer moves to Challenger.

• Parrott Middle School assistant principal Nancy Rios-Vasquez moves to Floyd.

• Pine Grove assistant principal Debbie Shaw transfers to Brooksville Elementary.

• Springstead assistant principal Gina Michalicka heads to Pine Grove Elementary.

• Powell assistant principal Royce Green was not reappointed.

• Challenger assistant principal Cindy Stewart becomes the district's supervisor of federal programs.

Felita Lott, the current federal programs supervisor, becomes the district's director of student services. Mary-Grace Surrena, currently the student services director, was not reappointed.

Surrena had been groomed for years to take over for Jim Knight, who retired last year as student services director. Blavatt said he offered Surrena a position as a school psychologist, a job she held in the past.

"She decided she didn't like the terms of the position, therefore I didn't have any other options," Blavatt said.

Surrena may fight the move.

"I retained an attorney to examine my options," she told the Tampa Bay Times.

The shuffling leaves open assistant principal posts at Hernando, Central, Springstead and Weeki Wachee high schools and at Parrott and Powell middle schools. The professional development manager post will be left vacant.

Shuffling of principals, assistants announced for Hernando schools 05/31/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 31, 2012 8:33pm]
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