Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

29 Schools to Get New Principals Five People Named to Regional Posts

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

29 Schools to Get New Principals Five People Named to Regional Posts

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New principals were named for 29 Duval County public schools

yesterday, in a sizable school system roster change caused by a

domino effect of retirements and promotions.

Some of the largest and best-known schools in metropolitan

Jacksonville -- including 10 of its 17 high schools -- would see

new principals this fall, under the assignments announced

yesterday by interim Superintendent Donald Van Fleet.

Ribault High School, Mandarin High School and Stanton College

Preparatory School are among the institutions to get new

principals.

In another notable personnel change, five people were named

regional administrators. That's a new position, created to

decentralize school-system management. Each regional

administrator is to oversee all elementary, middle and high

schools in one of five newly created regions.

Van Fleet's assignments are proposals and must be approved by

the Duval County School Board.

Van Fleet is asking School Board members to vote on his

assignments at the School Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday

night. He would like the assignments finalized and the

principals to have signed one-year contracts by the end of the

month, he said.

The school system's new fiscal year starts July 1, he said.

Dozens of administrative positions were opened this year by a

retirement incentive program. Among the retirees were 14 school

principals, school system officials said, including Earlene

Lockett at Ribault High and Dalton Epting at Mandarin High.

Also contributing to the moves are the creation of the regional

administrator positions, employees' requests for promotions and

decisions to try new people in different seats, Van Fleet said.

"I talked to every one of the people [being named to new

positions]," Van Fleet said, adding that all were agreeable to

the changes and some were "thrilled to death."

Van Fleet said it is not unusual to see administrative changes

at the end of the school year, but said the number of

reassignments this year "might be a little high" compared to

other years.

Among the personnel assignments:

Ken Manuel, Leila Mousa, Ed Pratt-Dannals, Nancy Snyder and

Levi McIntosh were named regional administrators. …

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