Principals named for Pittsburgh schools

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Several principals in Pittsburgh Public Schools will be changing buildings for the next school year.

The list approved by the school board tonight includes Shemeca Crenshaw, principal of Pittsburgh Westinghouse 6-12, who will become principal of the Pittsburgh Online Academy. A replacement has not been named.

Ms. Crenshaw stepped into the Westinghouse job in fall 2011 when efforts to offer single-gender classes at the school got off to a rocky start. The single-gender program was discarded, and students were rescheduled. This school year, efforts were made to beef up career and technical education offerings.

After the meeting, Superintendent Linda Lane said she is not ready to reveal plans for Westinghouse. She plans to talk with parents and potentially present a plan to the board next month.

"Dr. Crenshaw expressed interest in a change. She came in and did what we asked her to do," said Ms. Lane, saying Ms. Crenshaw came into a "tough situation" and "worked hard."

The current head of the online school is Mark McClinchie, whose title is coordinator. He will become principal of Pittsburgh Liberty K-5.

Michael Perella, director of Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12, will become principal of Pittsburgh Whittier K-5.

Gina Reichert will move from principal of South Brook to director of the Pittsburgh Gifted Center.

Virginia Hill, executive director of curriculum, instruction and professional development, will become principal of Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-5.

Jacqueline Hale, now director at Pittsburgh Obama 6-12, will become principal of South Hills 6-8.

Jennifer Mikula, now co-principal of the Teaching Institute at King, will become principal of South Brook 6-8.

Deonne Arrington, now principal of Lincoln, will become principal of West Liberty.

In addition, Ronald Joseph, now director of budget, development, management and operations, has been named chief operations officer, effective June 21.

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Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955.


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