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Principals recommended for three elementaries

BRADENTON — Ann Broomes, Hayley Rio and Jeanne Grazioli.

They are the Manatee County School District’s three newest elementary principals — should the school board approve recommendations by Superintendent Tim McGonegal later this month.

If so, Broomes will be the head administrator at G.D. Rogers Garden Elementary, Rio will be principal at Braden River Elementary and Grazioli will take over at Oneco Elementary.

“All three are very supportive of teachers and try to build collaborative relationships with them,” McGonegal said Wednesday.

Broomes, an assistant principal at Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary, beat out Jacky Jones, principal at Palmetto Youth Academy, and James Horner, an assistant principal at Abel Elementary.

“She’s very strong instructionally, a wonderful leader,” McGonegal said of Broomes. “We’re really excited to have her there.”

Rio, an assistant principal at Prine Elementary, beat out Hal Nelson, an assistant superintendent in the Sarasota County School District, and Grazioli, who had also applied for the Braden River position.

Calling her an exceptional leader, McGonegal said Rio is great facilitator of professional development.

“This process is rich and with faculty and community feedback she really hit a home run in the interview,” McGonegal said of Rio.

Grazioli is currently coordinator for student services for the Roseburg, Ore., school system. She also is the former principal at Winchester Elementary in Roseburg. She was recommended over Broomes and Nelson, who also applied for the Oneco position.

This is the first time in a while that officials have gone outside the district to hire for a principal, McGonegal said.

“She interviewed for a couple of jobs last summer, so we know her,” he said. “This time for Oneco, she was the best candidate. She was very well received by the faculty and the community and did a great job in her interview.”

As of Wednesday, only one principal slot remained vacant in the district: Southeast High School.

The finalists were Lee Middle School Principal Scott Boice, Cocoa High School assistant Principal Mark Rendell and Catherine Smith, the assistant principal of facilities, transportation and activities and the athletic director at South Fork High School in Martin County.

However, Boice and Rendell dropped out at the last minute, said McGonegal.

“We’re on the hunt and we’ve reopened the pool,” he said. “We want to see more candidates.”

Applications for the position are available at

Southeast lost its principal, Mike Horne when he retired in April after 34 years with the district.

G.D. Rogers’ former principal Wendy Acosta is being moved to another school administrator position during the 2010-11 school year.

McGonegal did not renew contracts for Oneco Elementary Principal Marian Summers and Braden River Elementary Principal Randy Mungillo, and they were asked to resign.

Summers retires this month while Mungillo — a former guidance counselor and physical education teacher — opted to return to the classroom. McGonegal previously cited performance-related issues for their transfers.

The school board makes the formal decision on hiring. Its next regular meeting is set for 5:45 p.m. June 28 at the Manatee County school administration building on Manatee Avenue West in downtown Bradenton.

Natalie Neysa Alund, education reporter, can be reached at 745-7095.