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Pasco’s new Cypress Creek Middle School gets a principal

Tim Light has been an assistant principal at Cypress Creek Middle-High, before the planned split.
Construction workers have prepared the skeleton for what will become the music and art wing of Cypress Creek Middle School in Pasco County. The new school is scheduled to open in fall 2020, and to ease crowding at nearby Wesley Chapel-area campuses. (Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times)
Published Sep. 25

Cypress Creek Middle isn’t exactly a new school for Pasco County.

It opened as a combined middle-high campus in 2017, with more than 900 sixth through eighth graders in the shared hallways.

But next fall the school goes out on its own, with separate buildings and classrooms for about 1,500 students. And it will get its own principal, rather than being run by Carin Hetzler-Nettles, the high school’s leader, with the help of an assistant principal.

One of Hetzler-Nettles’ long-time assistants, Timothy Light, will get the nod. Light has worked alongside Hetzler-Nettles both at Cypress Creek and, before that, at Wesley Chapel High.

Superintendent Kurt Browning has tabbed him to become the first principal of a standalone Cypress Creek Middle.

Light, 39, has worked as an educator in Pasco County schools since August 2007. He was a social studies teacher before joining administration.

If the School Board approves, his promotion would take effect Oct. 2.

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