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Smith Middle School AP is promoted to Principal

The assistant principal was a favorite among parents at the Citrus Park school.

Robert Kleesattel, the assistant principal of Smith Middle School since 2015, was promoted Tuesday to the rank of principal.

Kleesattel, 58, was a favorite among parents who mounted a letter-writing campaign after they learned that principal JoAnn Johnson was retiring.

He joined the school district in 2005 as a teacher at Dowdell Middle Magnet School. He then worked as assistant principal at Hill and Sligh middle schools before moving to Smith.

The promotion takes effect Jan. 28.

The School Board on Tuesday also approved these principal transfers:

* Barbara Fillhart, 55, from Mann Middle to Monroe Middle.

* Dante Jones, 47, from Burnett Middle to Mann Middle.

* Valerie Newton, 49, from Greco Middle to Burnett Middle.


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