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Board approves principals for 4 elementary schools

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LAND O' LAKES - Four more Pasco County schools now have new principals.

The school board approved Tuesday the appointments of principals Scott Atkins at Sand Pine Elementary in Wesley Chapel, Jennifer Heptig at Longleaf Elementary in New Port Richey, Jeanne Krapfl at Cypress Elementary in New Port Richey and Dawn Scilex at Fox Hollow Elementary in Port Richey.

Atkins, assistant principal at Double Branch Elementary, replaces Todd Cluff, who was promoted to a learning community executive director position in the district offices.

Atkins began his career with Pasco as a guidance counselor at Cox Elementary and also worked at Lake Myrtle Elementary, according to district records. In 2002, he was promoted to assistant principal at San Antonio. He also has served as assistant principal at Wesley Chapel Elementary and Seven Oaks Elementary.

Atkins holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from La Salle University and master's degrees in guidance and counseling and educational leadership from the University of South Florida.

Heptig, assistant principal at Lake Myrtle Elementary, succeeds Arlene Bodden, who retired, at Longleaf.

Heptig began her career as a teacher at Northwest Elementary. In 2006, she was promoted to assistant principal at Pine View Elementary. She also worked as an assistant principal at Gulf Highlands Elementary and Seven Oaks Elementary.

She holds bachelor's degrees in sociology and elementary education from USF and a master's degree in educational leadership from Saint Leo University.

Krapfl, assistant principal at Gulfside Elementary, replaces Dolly Gauvey at Cypress Elementary. Gauvey retired.

Krapfl began her career as a teacher at Sunray Elementary. In 2008, she transferred to Hudson Elementary as a student achievement coach. Two years later she was promoted to assistant principal at Gulfside Elementary.

She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from USF and a master's degree in educational leadership from Saint Leo University.

Scilex, assistant principal at Mary Giella Elementary, succeeds Lisa Miller at Fox Hollow. Miller was transferred last month to a job in the district offices.

Scilex began her teaching career in Hillsborough County in 1997. She came to Pasco County in 2006 as a teacher at Chasco Elementary and later taught at Gulf Highlands Elementary. In 2009, she was promoted to assistant principal at Gulf Highlands and two years later transferred to Mary Giella Elementary.

She holds a bachelor's degree in education from Clearwater Christian College and a master's degree in elementary education from Nova Southeastern University.

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