Superintendent Mark Porter is planning shifts in leadership at three local schools until a formal interview process can occur in the spring. Porter also has chosen a permanent transportation director.
The School Board's recent approval of Brett Unke as principal of Stanley Switlik Elementary School in Marathon left an administrative hole at Horace O'Bryant School, where Unke had served as assistant principal.
Steve Vinson, who had been principal of Poinciana Elementary, will take Unke's place at HOB on an interim basis.
"This will replace the elementary experience on the HOB leadership team lost when Mr. Unke moved to the principal position at Switlik School," Porter said in a prepared statement.
In turn, Christina McPherson will replace Vinson at Poinciana, pulling double duty as interim prinicpal in addition to her administrative duties at the district headquarters.
"Ms. McPherson is well-qualified and prepared to address the student achievement needs at Poinciana," Porter said.
Finally, Kristy Bedell, a teacher leader at Plantation Key School, will become interim assistant principal at Coral Shores High School.
Unke, a district employee since 1993 who has been an assistant principal at Horace O'Bryant Middle School for four years, will succeed Lesley Salinero as head of Switlik, while Salinero returns to full-time administrative work as Exceptional Student Education director.
Salinero had held both titles as one job since 2011, when interim Superintendent Jesus Jara sent her back to run Switlik while retaining her ESE responsibilities as part of budget cuts. But she is once again a full-time ESE director stationed at Sugarloaf School with the entire ESE team.
The rest of the appointments are interim, although they could become permanent after next spring's advertising and interview season, Porter said over the weekend.
On the administrative side at the school district's Trumbo Road headquarters, Porter will recommend that the School Board hire Randy Fabal as transportation supervisor, a post last held by Kayleen Watts.
Fabal, a math teacher at Key West High School, had the job from 2002 to 2004.
Monroe County students return to schools Aug. 19.