SEBRING — Superintendent Brenda Longshore has recommendations for two district office administrative positions while the School Board of Highlands County advertises to replace a long-time principal who will be retiring.
Longshore has recommended Woodlawn Elementary Assistant Principal Pam Lanier for the position of Director of Exceptional Student Education and technology specialist Darrell Layfield for the position of Director of Management Information Systems.
Interviews were conducted Tuesday for the assistant superintendent of elementary programs position, Human Resources Director Andrew Lethbridge said. Longshore’s recommendation for the position is still pending.
The district has been advertising for a school principal with a closing date for applications on April 27.
Lake Placid High Principal Toni Stivender will be retiring, Lethbridge said.
Also, an assistant principal position is being advertised with a closing date for applications on April 28.
Lethbridge noted that Lanier, who is currently the assistant principal at Woodlawn Elementary, has been recommend to head the ESE department.
Both postings — principal and assistant principal openings — are anticipated with the locations TBA (to be announced) as there could be transfers between schools, Lethbridge noted. There could be additional openings depending on who is selected for the position of assistant superintendent of elementary programs.
Longshore’s previous administrative recommendations for the 2017-18 school year included: Human Resources Director Andrew Lethbridge for the position of deputy superintendent; Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Melissa Blackman for the position of assistant superintendent of student support services; and Secondary Programs Director Jessica Thayer for the position of assistant superintendent of secondary programs.
The two assistant superintendent positions, along with the previously noted assistant superintendent of elementary programs position, are new positions in Longshore’s organizational chart, which overall cuts district office positions for an estimated annual savings of $230,130.
Deputy Superintendent Rodney Hollinger will be retiring at the end of the school year.
The School Board of Highlands County votes on approval of all personnel recommendations.