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More principal transfers coming to Pinellas

Published May 10, 2016

The Pinellas County School Board on Tuesday approved eight administrative transfers, including the principal of one of five failing elementary schools in south St. Petersburg.

A special school board meeting agenda was amended Tuesday afternoon to include the transfer of Lakewood Elementary principal Cynthia Kidd, who will work at Lynch Elementary as of July 1. She will be replaced by the principal of that school, Johnnie Crawford.

Lakewood was one of five south St. Petersburg elementary schools highlighted in the Times' yearlong Failure Factories series, which showed how the district effectively resegregated the schools and then broke promises of money and resources. Those schools are now among the worst performing schools in the state.

Last month, the School Board approved the transfer of three other principals out of those five schools: Melrose, Campbell Park and Fairmount Park. No decision has been made about Maximo.

Other transfers include Azalea Middle principal Constance Kolosey to the district's director of library, technology, instructional materials and digital learning. She will be replaced by Solomon Lowery, principal of Thurgood Marshall Middle. No replacement has been found yet for Lowery.

Lealman Avenue principal Bonita Paquette will transfer to Skyview Elementary as an assistant principal there. She will be replaced by Kristen Sulte, the principal of Azalea Elementary. Azalea Middle assistant principal Felicia Moline will serve as an assistant principal at Tarpon Middle. Unlike the other transfers which will be made effective July 1, Moline's and Paquette's transfers will be effective July 20.

The board also approved the transfer of Ron Ciranna, assistant superintendent of human resources services, to the district's director of risk management and insurance, a lower position. He will be replaced by Ponce de Leon Elementary principal Paula Texel.

District spokeswoman Lisa Wolf said reasons behind Ciranna's transfer were not discussed among board members. He is replacing Ted Pafundi, who retired after overseeing the district's transition into self-insurance which board members say will save the district money in the long run.

The special school board meeting was held immediately following the board's workshop Tuesday afternoon.

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