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Two Pasco principals headed to new posts

The school district also gets a new director of security.

Two Trinity-area schools will be looking for new principals, as their current leaders are headed to different jobs in the Pasco County school district.

Vicki Wolin, the founding principal of Bexley Elementary School, is nominated to take over as director of early childhood programs for the district. A 31-year district veteran, Wolin moved to Bexley in August 2017 after a long run in charge of Seven Springs Elementary.

Cortney Gantt, who took over Seven Springs Middle School in early 2017, has been named to open Starkey K-8 as its first principal. Gantt led Trinity Elementary School for six years before moving up to the middle school, so she has long-time connections to families in the region the new school will serve.

Because Starkey K-8 won’t open until August 2021, Gantt’s new assignment isn’t scheduled to take place until January. She will stay at Seven Springs until that time.

The district also is set to hire a new director of safety and security, to replace Chris Stowe, who recently resigned after being the first person to hold that post.

The next department head is veteran Tampa Police Major Michael Baumeister Jr., a member of the police department’s top leadership team. Currently, Baumeister is commander of TPD District 2, which includes Busch Gardens, USF and New Tampa.

He will take over the role of overseeing school guards in the elementary schools, maintaining the district’s security guidelines and procedures, and serving as a liaison to local law enforcement, among other responsibilities.

The School Board is set to consider these appointments when it meets Tuesday afternoon.

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