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Three Pasco elementary schools to get new principals

The shifts come to the School Board for approval next week.

Pasco County’s Wiregrass Elementary School is about to get its second principal since opening in 2016.

Nena Green, the well-liked principal of Pasco Elementary since 2015, is slated to take over the school in Wesley Chapel. The school’s PTA announced the change on its Facebook page, along with plans to have a virtual meeting with the new leader on Wednesday.

School district spokesman Steve Hegarty confirmed the move, saying it will appear on the School Board’s Jan. 19 agenda. He said Steve Williams, the school’s founding principal, has accepted a transfer to an assistant principal position at Pine View Middle School in Land O’Lakes.

Williams previously worked in Land O’Lakes as the popular principal of Sunlake High, taking over after an administration that regularly bickered amid some of the district’s lowest high school performances. Under his leadership, Sunlake experienced a strong turnaround.

He also worked in the district office as director of teaching and learning.

This latest change will allow Williams to participate in the middle school level, where he hasn’t worked previously. Hegarty stressed that the transfer was not a disciplinary issue.

The district posted the Pasco Elementary principal’s job on Monday. It also advertised the Denham Oaks Elementary principal job, to replace departing longtime leader Mardee Kay Powers.