It’s more musical chairs for South County principals.
Lucia Mar Unified School District Superintendent Jim Hogeboom announced two more staffing changes this week, bringing to seven the number of schools that will start the fall year with a new principal.
The county’s largest district has 17 schools serving about 10,500 students.
Harloe Elementary Principal Chuck Fiorentino will become the principal of Paulding Middle School, and Jim Empey, currently Paulding’s assistant principal, will lead Harloe Elementary.
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Hogeboom said Fiorentino has led Harloe Elementary for three years and held the top spot at Branch and Dana elementary schools.
Empey has worked as assistant principal at Paulding for two years and as an area administrator at Arroyo Grande High School and was a science teacher.
Both moves needed school board approval; the board considered these and some other personnel actions at its meeting Tuesday.
The two announcements follow several other changes that Lucia Mar students will see in the fall, with new principals heading up Dana and Grover Heights elementary schools, Mesa Middle School and Arroyo Grande High. All the principals currently work in the district.
Paulding Middle School Principal Tom Butler will move to Arroyo Grande High; Dana Elementary Principal Paul Jarvis will move to Mesa Middle School; Jeff Martin, who is in his 10th year at Mesa, will lead Grover Heights Elementary.
The Dana Elementary slot will be filled by Branch Elementary Principal Stacey Russell. Daniel Neff, assistant principal at Judkins Middle School, will lead Branch Elementary.
Marianne Foster, a former math teacher and assistant principal, will become Paulding’s assistant principal, and Sarah Butler, a former social studies AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teacher at Mesa Middle School, will become Judkins’ assistant principal.
Hogeboom said the number of staffing changes is unusual.
The shifts started when Arroyo Grande High Principal Ryan Pinkerton announced he was taking a job with the San Luis Coastal district, and Grover Heights Principal Jennifer Bowen decided to return to teaching.