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Elementary schools to get new leaders

Published Aug. 31, 2005

A chain reaction of principal reappointments will change leadership at three Pasco County Elementary schools.

Thomas Barker, interim principal at Quail Hollow Elementary, will become assistant principal at Shady Hills Elementary. Barker began his career in Pasco in 1995 as a teacher at Shady Hills.

Replacing Barker at Quail Hollow will be Margaret "Peggy" Lewis, principal of Deer Park Elementary since 1995. It's a homecoming for Lewis, who used to be Quail Hollow's assistant principal.

John Shafchuk will take over at Deer Park, leaving his job as principal at Gulfside Elementary. The former music teacher has headed Gulfside since 1997.

All three job switches are scheduled to take effect Wednesday, pending approval of the School Board Tuesday night.