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Former Spoto High School principal resigns

Glennis Perez cited personal reasons. She had been under investigation since February.
Glennis Perez is the former principal of Spoto High School in Riverview. She resigned from the school district, effective June 30. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]
Glennis Perez is the former principal of Spoto High School in Riverview. She resigned from the school district, effective June 30. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]
Published Jul. 15, 2019

RIVERVIEW - Glennis Perez, the former principal of Spoto High School, has resigned.

Perez, a district employee since 2003, had been working in the administration office while the district pursued an investigation of her work through its Office of Professional Standards.

Principal Jazrick Haggins replaced Perez in May.

“I am resigning for personal reasons and taking my career elsewhere,” Perez told the Tampa Bay Times in a brief conversation Monday. District spokeswoman Tanya Arja said the resignation took effect on June 30.

Perez, 42, joined Spoto in 2018 after working as assistant principal at Brandon High School.

Spoto is one of 50 Achievement Schools, a designation that means the district is trying to improve its academic results. It is rated a C under the state system.

Between 2017 and 2018, Spoto saw its graduation rate climb from 80.4 to 88.3 percent, the highest increase in the district and something district leaders celebrated in a party at the school in January. But those numbers reflect the work of the previous administration, as Perez was named last summer.

Beyond confirming Perez’s resignation, district spokeswoman Tanya Arja could not provide any other information Monday. The Times has requested the investigative file when it becomes available.

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