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    Seminole principal faces demotion

    The School Board is expected to vote Tuesday on the superintendent's annual recommendations.

    By KELLY RYAN

    © St. Petersburg Times, published April 11, 2001


    The principal of Seminole High School is being transferred out next year and will be replaced by East Lake High School principal Richard Misenti.

    Richard Duncan, who has been at Seminole High since the 1992-93 school year, might be assigned to temporarily run the district's new alternative high school. Whatever his new assignment, district officials said it will be a demotion.

    Every spring, Superintendent Howard Hinesley recommends which high-level administrators, principals and assistant principals should be reappointed for the upcoming school year. Hinesley's recommendations were made public this week.

    The School Board will vote on the recommendations at 1 p.m. Tuesday in district headquarters, 301 Fourth St. SW in Largo.

    Hinesley would not comment on why Duncan is leaving Seminole High, except to say, "(Area Superintendent) Cathy Athanson recommended that we give Mr. Duncan a different assignment."

    Because the school district is on spring break, Athanson could not be reached for comment. Neither could Duncan.

    Duncan earns $79,135 a year and has worked for the district since 1972. In his most recent public evaluation, for the 1998-1999 school year, he was rated as effective or highly effective in every category. Athanson said he should work on a communication plan and make sure he is accessible and approachable.

    Misenti also could not be reached to talk about how he feels about leaving East Lake High School at the end of the year. Misenti transferred from Osceola High to East Lake in 1994-95.

    Hinesley raved about Misenti's skills as a leader, saying Athanson requested that he take Duncan's place. Misenti earns $73,452 annually and has worked for the district 25 years.

    "We asked Rick Misenti to go over there," Hinesley said. "He's gotten glowing reviews."

    Hinesley said the district will advertise the principal's job at East Lake and fill it as quickly as possible.

    Randall Rozelle, who had been in charge of Robinson Challenge School, is being recommended to lead South Ward Elementary in Clearwater. Robinson Challenge is closing, and South Ward has had an acting principal since Fred Murray retired Aug. 31 during an investigation.

    Marcia Gibbs, principal at Belleair Elementary School in Clearwater, did not appear on the reappointment list. In a memo to School Board members, Hinesley wrote that her reappointment is on hold, pending her annual review. He would not elaborate, and area superintendent Lew Williams, who does Gibbs' review, did not return a phone call.

    Gibbs, who started at Belleair during the 1998-99 school year, said her evaluation is simply not finished. Gibbs has worked for the district since 1970 and earns $74,359 annually.

    Principals at two schools are recommending that two assistant principals not get contracts for next year: James McAvaddy at Gibbs High and Patrick McCoy at East Lake High.

    Hinesley is recommending that a number of assistant principals transfer:

    Gerald Bacoats, from Meadowlawn Middle to Madeira Beach Middle

    Katherine Bush, from South Ward Elementary to a new position to be announced

    Janice Clarke, from Southside Fundamental Middle to Largo Middle

    Pamela Hatton, from Seminole High to Boca Ciega High

    James Joyer, from Madeira Beach Middle to Meadowlawn Middle

    Joanne Moore, from St. Petersburg Challenge to Lealman Intermediate

    Carolyn Wilson, from Boca Ciega High to Lakewood High

    Patricia Wright, from Largo Middle to Southside Fundamental Middle

    Julius Wynn, from Lakewood High to Gibbs High.

    Seven assistant principals are retiring or resigning:

    Robert Clark, Tarpon Springs High

    E. Michael Corrigan, Osceola High

    Patricia Cox, Bauder Elementary

    Diane Duke, Clearwater High

    Kenneth LaBrant, Fitzgerald Middle School

    Henry Moore, Countryside High

    Cynthia Spearman, who is resigning from a leave of absence from Bay Point Elementary.

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