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Students To Receive Healthy Meals During The Summer Break

To make sure students receive nutritionally balanced meals this summer, Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) Student Nutrition Services (SNS) are now offering several opportunities as it rolls out its Movin’ Meals summer food service program.

For the past six years, SNS has been bringing food into communities through its Movin’ Meals “food buses” providing thousands of meals.
According to school officials, five retired and renovated district school buses have been selected to deliver meals into neighborhoods offering breakfast and lunch until Wednesday, August 2.

Students can eat on the air-conditioned buses.

The purpose of the annual summer program is to reach communities where children may not have access to a neighborhood school or park.

The buses will stop at a number of locations throughout the area, including some serving the Brandon and Valrico Lithia communities.

Hillsborough County Public Schools also offers the Extended School Year program, providing students breakfast and lunch at no cost at schools that provide summer school programs. Monday through Thursday, in select schools this summer, all children 18 years old and younger can come to an open school, regardless of whether the child is enrolled in summer school.

For more information, please contact Tanya Arja in the Communications Office at 272-4060.

New Principals And Assistant Principals To Take The Lead At Local Schools

Each year principals retire, move or earn promotions leaving a vacancy to be filled with transfers or new appointments.

As the 2016-2017 school years reached its completion, Superintendent Jeff Eakins announced a number principal changes involving eight schools for the 2017-18 school year.

The changes were approved by the School Board on May 2.

According to school officials, the selection process for new principals involves understanding the particular needs of a school and then seeking to New principal assignments began on June 5.

Principal Appointments:

-Lisa Varnum, Principal of Thonotosassa Elementary School, served at Yates Elementary School as Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction   
-Mary Hewett, Principal of Nelson Elementary School, served at Nelson Elementary School as the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction      
Principal Transfers:
-Mary Freitas, Principal of Sickles High School, served as Principal of Lennard High School    
-Joanne Griffiths, Principal of Cimino Elementary School, served as Principal of Cahoon Elementary Magnet School                                     
During its May 2, meeting the School Board also approved the appointments of nine veteran assistant principals who answered the call to transfer to a high needs school.
HCPS officials also emphasized that because of the investment in leadership at high needs schools, Hillsborough County Public Schools seeks to change the trajectory for students and lead them to the path of success.
The newly transferred administrators to high-need schools bring a desire to support our students, families and community, school officials said.  
Assistant Principal Transfers:
-Brad Brooks, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Shields Middle School, served as Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Webb Middle School
-Willie Hughes, Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Robles Elementary School, served as Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Clair Mel Elementary School       
-Jeanine Sadler, Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Clair Mel Elementary School, served as Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Stowers Elementary School         
-Robert Stingone, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Shields Middle School served as Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Dowdell Middle School

For a complete list of changes please visit www.sdhc.k12.fl.us.