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Changes afoot at Middleton High, Giunta Middle and other Hillsborough schools

Numerous new principal announcements are expected at Tuesday’s School Board meeting

TAMPA — Middleton High School Principal Tiatasha Brown said goodbye to her students in an email message Tuesday morning, announcing that she will be transferred and the showcase high school will soon have a new leader.

“At the boarding meeting today, it will be announced that I am being moved to Guinta Middle School effective, Monday, June 15th,” Brown wrote.

“Please know it was not my wish for this to happen and it is with much regret that I inform of this. I was looking forward to a new year with you all in The Land of The Tigers and the chance to work with you all in moving our amazing school to greater heights. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your principal.”

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Brown is concluding her first full year at Middleton, an East Tampa institution that is home to a successful STEM and engineering magnet program. Before joining Middleton, she spent four years as the principal of Shields Middle School in Ruskin.

Brown had a rocky year at Middleton, judging by results of the district’s teacher climate survey. Fewer than half the teachers considered Middleton a good place to work and learn, and fewer than 10 percent agreed that students there follow rules of conduct.

The announcement means Cindy Land, Guinta’s principal, is also looking at a job change. District spokeswoman Tanya Arja said there will be numerous principal reassignments at the 4 p.m. meeting. The Times will report those as they are announced.