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More school principal changes

SEBRING - After an already unprecedented number of changes in school administrators, there are two additional principal changes. For the upcoming 2013-14 school year, Superintendent Wally Cox originally transferred Kay Bowers from her principal position at Woodlawn Elementary School to Memorial Elementary to replace retiring principal Ruby Handley. But Bowers has resigned from the School Board of Highlands County. "It's a personal family emergency," Bowers said Wednesday. "It's been a pleasure and an honor to work with the School Board of Highlands County. It's a great place to work. I will really miss it very, very much."
She believes family comes first and she needs to take care of some family issues, Bowers said. With Bowers' departure, Fred Wild Elementary Principal Laura Waldon will now become the new principal at Memorial Elementary. Page Green will be the new principal at Fred Wild Elementary. Originally she was slated to transfer from her position as assistant principal of Fred Wild Elementary to assistant principal of Avon Park High. Cox's administrative secretary Pat Kules said Avon Park High is advertising to fill the assistant principal position to take Page's place. Kules said this has probably been the "biggest" year for administrative changes. Only four of the districts 17 schools did not have a principal or assistant principal change. Those schools are Cracker Trail and Lake Placid elementary schools and Lake Placid High and Lake Placid Middle School. Along with the afore mentioned Memorial and Fred Wild elementary schools, the schools with principal changes include: Seth Lambert - Kindergarten Learning Center; Carla Ball - Lake Country Elementary; Karin Doty - Park Elementary and Melissa Blackman - Woodlawn Elementary. The major changes at the district office occurred in the curriculum department with Kindergarten Learning Center Principal Andrew Lethbridge becoming the director of elementary programs and Park Elementary Principal Brenda Longshore becoming assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. mvalero@highlandstoday.com 863-386-5826