McGonegal recommends 3 new principals

Manatee schools Superintendent Tim McGonegal has named his choices for principal at three Manatee elementary schools to replace principals who are retiring. They are:

Ron Hirst , currently grant resource specialist, to be principal at Bashaw Elementary.

Jim Mennes, currently assistant principal at Abel Elementary, to be principal at Freedom Elementary.

Norma Scott, currently assistant principal at Moody Elementary, to be principal at McNeal Elementary.

School Board members may vote on the recommendations as early as June 8.

District officials will interview candidates for new principals at Buffalo Creek Middle School and Palmetto High School next week. Principals at those schools are being replaced because of performance issues.