Keith Connors

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15 New Principals At Hillsborough County Schools. Time to shuffle the deck. Find your kid’s school on this list as you check out these new 15 principal appointments that were all approved by the Hillsborough County School Board at Tuesday’s meeting. And, btw, James Elementary, the district’s only F school, is getting its fourth principal since 2017.

All counted, Hillsborough County school superintendent Addison Davis announced 32 leadership changes. Changes include these 15 new principal approvals, and in the end up to 20 schools getting new principals.

  • Blake High School

    • Valerie Newton, Blake High School, from the principal’s job at Burnett Middle. Newton, 52, joined the school district in 2001.

  • Hillsborough High

    • Kevin Gordon, Hillsborough High, formerly an assistant principal at Meadowlawn Middle in St. Petersburg.

  • Plant High

    • Kimi Hellenberg, Plant High, promoted from assistant principal. Hellenberg, 56, joined the district in 1998.

  • Dowdell Middle

    • Stacy Schlarbaum, Dowdell Middle, from assistant principal at Burnett Middle. Schlarbaum, 49, joined the district in 2006.

  • Liberty Middle

    • Frank Diaz, Liberty Middle, from principal at Webb Middle. Diaz, 52, joined the district in 1997.

  • Colson Elementary

    • Rebecca Black, Colson Elementary, promoted from assistant principal.

  • Ippolito Elementary

    • Eleise Medina, Ippolito Elementary, formerly a principal in the Joliet Public Schools.

  • Kenly Elementary

    • Jeffrey Cooley, Kenly Elementary, from assistant principal at James Elementary. Cooley, 42, joined the district in 2007.

  • Lanier Elementary

    • Kevin Moon, Lanier Elementary, from assistant principal at Mendenhall Elementary. Moon, 41, joined the district in 2007.

  • Lithia Springs Elementary

    • Amber Cronin, Lithia Springs Elementary, from principal at Pizzo K-8. Cronin joined the district in 2002.

  • McDonald Elementary

    • Deena Ham, McDonald Elementary, from assistant principal at Jackson Elementary. Ham, 51, joined the district in 2007.

  • Tampa Palms Elementary

    • Angela Gluth, Tampa Palms Elementary, from assistant principal at Heritage Elementary. Gluth joined the district in 2000.

  • Temple Terrace Elementary

    • Ashley Cochol, Temple Terrace Elementary, from assistant principal at Oak Park Elementary. Cochol, 35, joined the district in 2008.

  • Westchase Elementary

    • Alexa Trafficante, Westchase Elementary, from assistant principal at Canella Elementary. Trafficante, 32, joined the district in 2012.

  • Dorothy Thomas Exceptional Center

    • Kelly Simmons, Dorothy Thomas Exceptional Center, from assistant principal at Newsome High. Simmons, 48, joined the district in 2013.