Manatee County juggles assistant principals

jajones1@bradenton.comMay 1, 2014 



MANATEE -- A wave of changes are coming to principal offices across Manatee County.

In addition to new assignments for eight principals announced Tuesday, seven principal vacancies were posted Thursday.

Retirements and reassignments prompted some of the changes.

Here's the scorecard:

Anna Maria Elementary's Dave Marshall is shifting to Gene Witt Elementary, replacing the retiring Myra Russell.

Lee Middle School's Scott Boice is being reslotted to Nolan Middle School, replacing the retiring Nancy High.

And Sugg Middle School Principal Sharon Scarbrough is returning to Haile Middle School, replacing the retiring Janet Kerley. Scarbrough

previously served as assistant principal at Haile.

Also shifting:

••Stewart Elementary School's Jackie Featherston to Anna Maria Elementary.

• Tillman Elementary's Shirin Gibson to Sea Breeze Elementary.

• Harllee Middle School's James Hird to Tillman Elementary.

• Palmetto Elementary School's Ed Hundley to Lincoln Middle School.

• Sea Breeze Elementary's Jackie West to Bayshore Elementary.

Those moves open up vacancies at Palmetto and Stewart elementary schools, and at Sugg and Lee middle schools. Also posted are vacancies at Myakka Elementary, Harllee Middle and Lakewood Ranch High School, where principal Linda Nesselhauf is retiring.

Hundley, who is moving to Lincoln Middle School, amicably settled a complaint against the school district in December. It had been filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission a year earlier citing a civil rights violation.

The Bradenton Herald has reported Hundley was investigated for having accepted Title I Grant funds for hours worked beyond his regular day, but white principals who did the same thing were not held to the same scrutiny.

The school district ultimately decided there had been no wrongdoing and Superintendent Rick Mills settled the case for $10,000.

Hundley said Wednesday he did not believe the now-settled complaint will have any effect going forward.

"No, once it was resolved, it was resolved," Hundley said.

Leaving Palmetto Elementary after a decade will be "bittersweet," Hundley said.

"But I'll be reunited with some of the same students at Lincoln Middle."

Annette Codelia, principal of Bayshore Elementary School, helped start the shifting with her promotion to executive director of elementary schools, approved by the school board in April.

Accounting for another vacancy is Chuck Fradley, principal of Myakka Elementary. Fradley is relocating, said Steve Valley, director of communications and family/community engagement for the Manatee School District.

A notable change coming to Manatee Technical Institute is the departure of director Mary Cantrell, whose contract was not renewed.

Doug Wagner, director of adult career and technical education for the Manatee County School District, will wear a second hat as director of MTI.

"The combined position is a model that Sarasota County already uses," Valley wrote in an email to the Herald.

Cantrell, who has been at MTI for 18 years, led the campus move from Bradenton to East Manatee off Caruso Road. She said Wednesday she is sad to leave, but accepts the change.

"I love this school, I love this community. I have a very deep faith that everything works out for the best," Cantrell said.

With MTI's excellent reputation built during her tenure, Cantrell said she hopes to find work at another technology center.

"I like to fix things and make them better," she said.

Cantrell retired in 2004, but returned to the helm of MTI under the Deferred Retirement Option Program.

MTI opened the Caruso Road campus Jan. 7, 2013, the 50th anniversary of the school.

James A. Jones Jr., Herald reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053.

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