By Dawn Krebs
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - As students return to schools in August, some will be greeted by new administrators.
During the June 12 business meeting, Superintendent Michael Lannon presented the changes to the school board. The changes were finalized at the June 26 meeting.
"Effective school administrators of today are evolving into more of instructional leaders than campus managers," the superintendent said.
"No longer is the standard that a principal would be assigned to one school and stay there for many years. With the expanded accountability, changes in evaluations and increased technology applications, principals of today must be assigned to where their skill sets can best support teachers and students."
In all, eight administrative appointments were made in St. Lucie County schools for the upcoming 2011-12 school year. Also, the district executive team will have some new faces.
The new changes are: Bridgette Hargadine, former assistant principal, will move from Treasure Coast High School to become principal of Port St. Lucie High School.
The current principal of Port St. Lucie High School, Mark Rendell, will move to the district offices as an administrator.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School welcomes Kimberly Stephanic as principal. Ms. Stephanic is replacing former Principal John Lynch, who will assume responsibility for managing and monitoring the Title I federal programs and grants.
Assistant Superintendent Genelle Yost, who was previously over Title I, will succeed Sandra Wolfe, retiring deputy superintendent.
Garden City Early Learning Academy welcomes Traci Wilke, who was the principal at Windmill Point Elementary.
The new principal of Windmill Point is Jonetha Maness, the former principal of Allapattah Flats K-8.
That school is welcoming Patti Galloway, the former principal of Village Green Environmental Studies School.
Assistant principals are moving up, as well.
Aretha Vernette, assistant principal at Manatee Academy K-8 has been promoted to principal at Village Green.
Lakewood Park Elementary will welcome its new principal, Diane Young. Ms. Young is the former assistant principal at Weatherbee Elementary.
LaTayna Greene, Oak Hammock K-8 assistant principal will join Savanna Ridge Elementary School this fall as principal, succeeding retiring Barbara Kelly.
"As a forward-thinking, learning organization, we have trained for this," Mr. Lannon said. "And it has brought us to a level of confidence to anticipate and embrace change for the benefit of our students and community."