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New principals needed for three Pasco schools

Published May 30, 2014

LAND O'LAKES — Three Pasco County schools learned this week that they will be getting new principals in the fall. Each move was unexpected.

Two of the changes come because of retirements. Margie Fackelman announced she will retire from her post at Smith Middle School in Holiday, and Yvonne Reins said she will depart her job leading Cox Elementary School in Dade City.

The third change came amid years of faculty complaints at Hudson Middle School.

Terry Holback had faced criticism of her leadership style since she took over Hudson Middle in 2010. Superintendent Kurt Browning provided coaching and support to Holback, rather than removing her under pressure, and he said several times that he had seen improvements.

After indicating he would reappoint Holback for another year, Browning received a spate of angry emails from teachers, again attacking her management. On Thursday, Browning said he would transfer Holback to an assistant principal post at Seven Springs Middle School, and advertise for a new leader at Hudson.

"The superintendent wanted a change in leadership at Hudson Middle … to move the school forward," district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said.

The changeover takes place on July 1.