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Hudson Elementary principal is appointed

Linda McCarthy, a 25-year classroom veteran, still faces approval by the School Board.

By KENT FISCHER

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 16, 2001


LAND O'LAKES -- Linda McCarthy, an assistant principal at Moon Lake Elementary, has been picked to take over Hudson Elementary as that school's new principal.

McCarthy, 51, taught for 25 years before moving into administration four years ago. McCarthy moved to Florida from New York in 1978 and began teaching at the old Richey Fundamental School. She then moved to Cotee River Elementary before joining the Moon Lake faculty as assistant principal in 1997.

"I'm looking forward to the new challenge," McCarthy said. "It's an excellent time to move into a new school. My first job will be to get acquainted with the staff."

McCarthy's appointment still must be approved by the School Board at its meeting Tuesday. If approved, McCarthy's first day at Hudson will be March 1. She will replace Kathryn Rushe, who was recently picked to head up the new school on State Road 54 in New Port Richey that is scheduled to open in August.

The School Board also is expected to approve a contract for a new charter school on Tuesday.

The school, Deerwood Academy, would open for 140 students in grades five, six, seven and eight, but is expected to grow to an enrollment of 320. The school would offer a back-to-basics curriculum, small classes and expert teachers, according to its developer, Hank Johnson. The school would be housed at the Unity Church of Port Richey, 5844 Pine Hill Drive.

Charter schools are public schools, open to any student who applies. They are funded with tax dollars and operate under the auspices of local school boards, but their day-to-day operations are controlled by community groups and parents.

The contract would run from 2001 through the 2006.

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