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Pasco school district plans principal musical chairs

Six schools will see leadership changes if the School Board approves Tuesday.
The newly remodeled entrance to Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
The newly remodeled entrance to Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published Nov. 5, 2018

The Pasco County school district plans to shift several principals this week, despite superintendent Kurt Browning's frequently expressed distaste for mid-year transfers, which he has deemed disruptive.

The retirement of one school leader and the resignation of another have prompted some of the changes. A proposed school reorganization also is playing a role in the recommendations.

Among the moves:

• Cox Elementary School principal Claudia Steinacker is proposed to transfer to Oakstead Elementary, where longtime principal Tammy Kimpland is slated to retire.

No replacement is suggested for Cox. But the administration has called for merging Lacoochee Elementary into the Dade City school, and Lacoochee principal Latoya Jordan could oversee the transition, if the board okays that plan.

The School Board will have a workshop on the possible closure of Lacoochee on Tuesday morning. It has rescheduled the date for a vote on the idea to Dec. 18, an evening, meeting, so parents would be more able to attend.

• Mittye P. Locke Elementary School principal Adam Wolin would take over at Trinity Elementary School, where Aimee Boltze has announced her resignation to take a job with charter school firm Academica. Cynthia Bauman, Locke's assistant principal, would become acting principal pending further review.

These changes would take effect Nov. 7, a day after the board meeting.

• Woodland Elementary School principal Shauntte Butcher would swap spots with Seven Oaks Elementary School principal Shirley Ray. These moves would become effective on Nov. 12.

District officials have said the switch will suit each leader's professional skills.


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