The Florence Unified School District now has four vacant principal positions, two at the K-8 level and both high schools.
Rebecca Hendry, who has served as principal at Magma Ranch K-8 since the school opened in 2008, has accepted a lateral transfer to be principal at Circle Cross Ranch K-8 for the 2013-14 school year.
Hendry replaces Michelle Sobkoviak, who is relocating to Illinois along with her family following the current school year.
“Mrs. Hendry was actively involved in the construction of Magma Ranch, offering the experienced voice of an educator, tweaking minor design issues that made a big impact on student management and facility maintenance,” Dana Hawman, FUSD director of construction, said.
In a statement, Hendry said, “I am happy to support our new superintendent, Dr. Fuller, and her future vision of our school district. I look forward to learning more about all of the positive things happening at Circle Cross Ranch.”
Hendry has been an administrator in the district the past seven years and is entering her 16th year in education. She came to FUSD from Mesa Public Schools in 2006 and holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood from Georgia Southern University and a master’s in education leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Dr. Bob Pappalardo, principal at Poston Butte High School since its inception in 2008, has been assigned to start a new project for the Florence District, creating an academy for students who are not succeeding in a regular educational setting.
In a letter to the district, Pappalardo said, “I am excited about the opportunity to choose the components for this academy and to mold it to meet the needs of those students who might otherwise be left behind.”
Pappalardo said “integrated technological curriculum, increased academic achievement and positive social behaviors, career and college readiness” are some of the considerations the academy will implement.
Other considerations, Pappalardo said, would include, “individualized attention, fostering respect, valuing each student for who they are, and assisting students to become productive members of society.”
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a graduate of Arizona State University, Pappalardo was a middle school principal in the Apache Junction School District for nine years before joining the Florence district in 2007.
With the changes, FUSD has openings for principals at Walker Butte and Magma Ranch K-8’s, and Florence and Poston Butte high schools.