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Pasco County schools to see principal shifts

Retirements are creating vacancies.
Tammy Berryhill, center, will become new principal of Cypress Elementary. She worked as an assistant superintendent for Pasco County schools until earlier this year. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published May 23

News emerged Thursday that two more Pasco County school principals will retire at the end of the year, which could lead to a shift in leadership across the district.

Cypress Elementary School principal Tracy Graziaplene told her staff Thursday morning that she will be leaving after 32 years with the system. Graziaplene took over Cypress in 2016, and before that ran Hudson Elementary and Northwest Elementary.

She will be replaced by Tammy Berryhill, who was an assistant superintendent from 2015 until earlier this year, when she was hit by a district administration downsizing. Berryhill, who has been principal of Schrader and Mittye P. Locke elementary schools, most recently has been helping with the transition at Gulf Trace Elementary, where founding principal Hope Schooler is retiring.

The district is holding off any decision for leadership at Gulf Trace until after state grades are announced in the summer. It is one of a handful of schools that could face a mandatory turnaround plan, depending on its results.

Also retiring will be Zephyrhills High principal Angie Stone, who has worked in the district since 1994. Stone returned to Zephyrhills, where she once was an assistant principal, in 2015.

Before that, she was founding principal of both Fivay and Sunlake high schools.

The district has not made public its selection of the next Zephyrhills principal, but an announcement is expected next week.

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