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2 veteran principals to retire

SEBRING - The School Board of Highlands County will be losing two veteran administrators with a combined 75 years in education with the retirements in June of Pam Burnham and Rick Demeri.

Burnham, who currently serves as principal of Avon Elementary, has been with the Highlands District 28 years and in education for 35 years. She also served as principal of Woodlawn Elementary.

Demeri, who currently serves as principal of Cracker Trail Elementary, has worked 40 years in education including 37 in Highlands County.

District Human Resources Director Vivianne Waldron said along with the two principal position openings at the end of the school year, the district thus far has one assistant principal opening due to Jim Howard's retirement from Sebring High in January.

Waldron is unsure what will happen with the position because when Howard was out on leave, assistant principal Sandra Johnson was transferred from Avon Park High to Sebring High.

"I am not sure if they will leave that like it is," she said.

The district has 21 teachers, eight paraprofessionals and some support staff who will be retiring, she said.

The district's website shows 23 openings including: two principal positions, four high school teaching, four middle school teaching and four summer programs positions and support positions.


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