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Principal hit while breaking up fight at middle school

Two Eisenhower Middle School students were charged with battery on a school official after their principal was struck during a fight Tuesday afternoon at school, officials said.

Principal Tim Ducker was hit when he tried to break up a fight between three female students, Hillsborough County School District spokesman Mark Hart said. No one was injured.

The fight started between a sixth-grader and an eighth-grader on the bus ramp during the afternoon release, according to school reports. At least 100 students watched it unfold.

A third girl, also in sixth grade, later joined the fight, Hart said.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office responded and arrested two of the students. The eighth-grader and one of the sixth-graders, whose names were not released, were charged with one count each of battery and battery on a school official. The other sixth-grader had not been charged as of Tuesday afternoon, Hart said.

At a minimum, the students each face a 10-day suspension from school, Hart said. Other disciplinary action is possible pending a review by the School District.

County saves historic home from demolition

BRANDON _ The Hillsborough County Commission on Tuesday voted to move a historic Brandon home to a park a few blocks away.

The Galvin-Jaudon house, built more than 100 years ago by one of Brandon's founders, will be moved by April 1 from 201 Victoria St. to Davis Park on Parsons Avenue.

The home has been at the center of a battle between the First Baptist Church of Brandon and local preservationists.

The church bought the property in July 2002 and plans to use the land for a family life center. When preservationists heard the house, one of Brandon's oldest remaining buildings, was in danger of being demolished, they urged the County Commission to step in and give the house landmark status. But the county refused for fear of lawsuits.

First Baptist received approval Oct. 20 to tear the building down, but church leaders said they would wait 90 days before calling in the demolition crew to give preservationists a last chance to move the house.

No solution was offered, and Jan. 15, two days before the church's deadline, the County Commission voted to spend $50,000 to move the home.