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Pasco County school district fills final principal vacancy

Melissa Bidgood

Pasco County school district

Melissa Bidgood

Melissa Bidgood, currently assistant principal of Wiregrass Elementary School, has been picked to lead Veterans Elementary School for the next school year. 

Bidgood replaces Gretchen Rudolph-Fladd, who recently transferred to Centennial Elementary School. She would be Veterans Elementary's third principal since opening.

Bidgood joined the district in 2004, teaching at Sunray and later Sand Pine elementary schools. She became a literacy coach in 2012, and moved into an assistant principal job in 2014.

Her promotion marks the completion of a shifting of school leaders throughout the district, which started in the winter because of the death of one principal and the promotion of others. More than a dozen schools now have new people in charge.

Other administrative moves announced Friday involve three assistant principals. Jessica Felice will move from Centennial Elementary to Watergrass Elementary, Charlene Tidd from Watergrass to Double Branch Elementary, and Heather Wallen from Double Branch to Wiregrass Elementary, replacing Bidgood.

The moves require School Board approval, which could come at the board's first meeting in June.

[Last modified: Friday, May 19, 2017 1:33pm]


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