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Two Pasco schools need new principals

The positions are advertised for internal candidates only.
 
Richey Elementary principal Keri Allen, left, and New River Elementary principal Sarah Judd, right, are leaving their jobs with the Pasco County school district.
Richey Elementary principal Keri Allen, left, and New River Elementary principal Sarah Judd, right, are leaving their jobs with the Pasco County school district. [ Pasco County school district ]
Published May 4, 2020

The Pasco County school district is looking for new principals to take over two elementary schools in mid June.

Ads went up Monday to lead New River Elementary in Wesley Chapel and Richey Elementary in New Port Richey. They were open to current district employees already on the approved principal candidate list.

Keri Allen, Richey’s principal since 2015, has been with the district since 1999. She told her staff that her husband has retired and they are moving out of state.

Sarah Judd, New River’s leader since 2017, has worked for the system since 2003. She informed superintendent Kurt Browning that her husband has a job elsewhere so she will be relocating.

“I hate to see them go,” Browning said. “But that’s life.”

He said he did not have anyone in particular in mind for either position, but anticipated they would be filled in short order. He wasn’t aware of any other administrative changes pending at this time.

Annual contracts for administrators, who serve at the superintendent’s pleasure, usually are considered by the School in late spring. Reappointments to teaching and school-related jobs covered by collective bargaining generally are taken up in the same time frame.

Officials said the district is putting together that list for the board’s approval, but are slightly behind schedule because of the coronavirus emergency.