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‘Shark at heart’ new principal at Spanish River; West Boca High’s Sommer moves up

All she’ll have to do is cross Jog Road to her new office. Omni Middle School’s principal Allison Castellano was named principal at Spanish River High, pending approval.

Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy recommended the appointment. Her confirmation’s expected at Wednesday’s school board meeting; Castellano will start work July 25.

Renewing the former Spanish River principal’s contract was postponed. William Latson was removed from the job after Holocaust emails with a parent came to light.

“Dr. Fennoy planned to recommend to the school board the non-renewal of [Mr.] Latson’s contract. However, [Mr.] Latson’s subsequent actions require the district to investigate. As is the protocol of the School District’s termination process, [Mr. Latson] will be afforded all of his due process rights,” according to the school district. No new date has been set.

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In other district news, West Boca High principal Craig Sommer was promoted to a district job. He’s the new instructional superintendent for south, overseeing secondary schools.

Well-known educator Edmund (Ed) Capitano will take over at West Boca High. He moved from Loggers’ Run Middle School where Krista Kierholzer will be the new principal.

That leaves the only principalship opening at Omni Middle. School starts Aug. 12.

Castellano graduated from and taught at Spanish River High. Two of her children are graduates and a third is a student. 

“Ms. Castellano is a Shark at heart, and a proven leader who promotes academic excellence and is committed to student involvement,” Fennoy said in a statement.

Ian Saltzman left the district to become superintendent at the Everett Washington school district in Washington state, the district announced. His replacement is Dr. Pete Licata, who oversaw the district’s choice department.

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