Schools will get new leaders in Hillsborough

Retirements and transfers have a domino effect.
Mitchell Elementary School  in South Tampa will get a new principal on Tuesday. [ Times (2018) ]
Mitchell Elementary School in South Tampa will get a new principal on Tuesday. [ Times (2018) ]
Published May 2, 2019

TAMPA - Eight schools - that we know of - will get new leaders Tuesday, according to the School Board meeting agenda.

Some are the result of retirements: Pamela Bowden is ending her long tenure at Durant High School, Maria Gsell is retiring from East Bay, Kristine Dosal is leaving Grady Elementary and Deborah Anderson is finishing her career at Mitchell Elementary.

Others result from different circumstances.

Just Elementary is being reformatted as a STEM school in partnership with Lego Education.

Edison Elementary lost its last principal, Marc Gaillard, to a transfer to Sulphur Springs K-8.

Morgan Woods principal Kilsys Batista was moved recently to Twin Lakes Elementary.

And at Spoto High, there is an ongoing professional standards investigation of Glennis Perez, who is now officially listed as a Principal on Special Assignment.

That principal appointment part of the meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. with public comment. If the district chooses not to broadcast the public comment, as has been their practice lately, the Tampa Bay Times will live-stream the comments on Facebook.

Much of the board’s business - including updates on the Superintendent’s suspended agenda - will happen at a 10 a.m. workshop. As with the 3:30 p.m. meeting, the district has been declining to broadcast or webcast the morning workshops. This one will include presentations on charter schools and the legislative budget. The Times will live-stream this as well, if the district decides not to turn on its cameras.