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Principals named, positions filled, new school district leaders appointed

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Compiled from Hernando County School District News Releases

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BROOKSVILLE – Hernando County School District announces the 3 new school principals who will begin their new role starting July 1st. Spring Hill Elementary, Challenger K-8 and F.W. Springstead High School had openings at the principal position when current principals moved into new roles within the school district. Although new to the principal role, all 3 leaders currently serve as assistant principals at their school.

New principals:
Kristen Tormey – Spring Hill Elementary
• Began with HCSD in 2005
• Assistant principal at SHES
• Assistant principal Challenger K-8
• Teacher on Special Assignment – Assessment

Rosemarie Maiorini – Challenger K-8
• Began with HCSD in 1995
• Assistant principal at Challenger K-8
• Teacher – Chocachatti and J.D. Floyd

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Dana Pearce – F.W. Springstead High
• Began with HCSD in 2001
• Assistant principal at SHS and Explorer K-8
• Teacher on Special Assignment – Title I
• Teacher on Special Assignment – Assessment


BROOKSVILLE – The Hernando County School District announces the following positions have been filled:

Angela Kennedy – Director of Federal Programs
• Current position – Supervisor of School Choice
o Assistant Principal, West Hernando Middle
o Teacher, English Language Arts
o Employed with HCSD since 2001
o Masters in Education, Saint Leo University

Jillian Minichino – Assistant Principal, Challenger K-8
• Current position – Assistant Principal, Winding Waters K-8
o Teacher, Winding Waters K-8
o Employed with HCSD since 2008
o Master of Education, Saint Leo University

Joining HCSD –
Laura “Beth” Lastra – Supervisor of College and Career Programs
• Current position – Center Director, East Pasco Education Center & PHSC Education Offices,
Saint Leo University
o Assistant Director of Operations, Adult Education Center, Saint Leo University
o Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions, Saint Leo University
o Master of Business Administration – Saint Leo University


BROOKSVILLE – Effective July 1st, Hernando County School Superintendent, John Stratton will make the following appointments:

• Lisa Becker – Executive Director of Business Services
• Ray Pinder – Director of Human Resources

Becker has been with the school district since 2010 serving in several positions within the Business Services division. A cornerstone of her work is using her strength in negotiation to keep health insurance rates low for employees. In addition to keeping rate hikes well below state and national averages, Becker was responsible for bringing in nearly $3 million in profit sharing rebates to the school district. She is President-Elect for the Florida Educational Risk Management Association, a member of Florida Educational Negotiators and sits on the board for the Hernando County Education Foundation.

In addition to 17 years as a school administrator, Pinder serves as a lead principal for school leaders in the District and is a of the HCSD bargaining team and served as Chief Negotiator this year. Regarded for his signature initiative as a trainer in the 7 Habits for Highly Effective People framework, Pinder is credited with promoting student-centered leadership through the Leader In Me program at Fox Chapel Middle.

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