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Connerton Elementary principal resigns amid dispute with Pasco district

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LAND O' LAKES - Anna Falcone, who fought a move to fire her as principal at Connerton Elementary, has reached a long-awaited settlement agreement with the Pasco County school district.

Under the agreement, released Wednesday, Falcone will resign from employment with the district. In exchange, Superintendent Kurt Browning will write a letter to the state's Office of Professional Practices Services saying that the district does not support suspension or revocation of Falcone's teaching certificate.

The school board voted in April to suspend Falcone without pay after Browning said she obtained confidential information about a survey designed to gauge what parents, students and staff members think about how schools are run.

Browning said Falcone wanted to learn which of her staff members responded to the survey, but was denied the information repeatedly by her superiors because respondents had been guaranteed confidentiality. Browning said he viewed her efforts to acquire the names as insubordination and he planned to recommend she be fired.

Falcone denied any wrongdoing and asked for the hearing to make her case directly to the school board.

That hearing was scheduled in early June, but was cancelled because district officials said they were on the verge of an agreement with Falcone.

Under the agreement, Falcone's resignation was made effective June 30. She is to receive payment for all accrued vacation and sick time. The school district will not issue an evaluation of her for the 2012-13 school year.

Also under the terms, Falcone agreed never to file a lawsuit against the school board based on her past employment, her relationship with the school district or the cessation of that relationship.

Both sides agreed that they will not make "any statements that disparage or damage either party's reputation."

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