New Principals Announced For Many Boca Raton Schools, But Not B-Rated Whispering Pines

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Parents Concerned That “A-Rated” Schools Getting New Leaders, But Longtime Principal Remains At Whispering Pines Which Just Dropped To “B” Grade…

Whispering Pines Elementary in West Boca Raton Dropped from an “A” grade to a “B” grade, and was apparently covered with authorized graffiti over the past several weeks. (Courtesy: BocaNewsNow.com reader).

BY: EDUCATION DESK | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Several Boca Raton-area elementary schools will have new principals for the 2022-2023 school year, but not Whispering Pines Elementary in West Boca Raton. Whispering Pines, under the leadership of Barbara Riemer, just dropped from an “A” rating to a “B” rating — one of just two South Palm Beach County elementary schools to log such a drop. Boca Raton Elementary also dropped from A to B.

Addison Mizner, Banyan Creek, Calusa, Del Prado, Morikami, Sandpiper Shores, Sunrise Park, Verde K-8, and Waters Edge all maintained an “A” grade between 2019 and 2022. The Palm Beach County School District did not immediately respond to a request for information concerning why other principals were being relocated but Whispering Pines’ longtime principal is retaining her assignment despite the drop from “A” to “B.”

Several parents reaching out to BocaNewsNow.com expressed concern that Principal Riemer is remaining in her position despite the grade drop, and simultaneously questioned why the school — visible from Lyons Road — is now covered in what appears to be “authorized” graffiti. Per BocaNewsNow.com policy, we initially seek comment from school officials but not employees when issues are raised by parents.

Changing jobs: Chris Schroeder becomes the new principal for Waters Edge after several years as assistant principal at Hidden Oaks. Stephanie Colletto is the new principal of Morikami Park after serving as principal of Sandpiper Shores Elementary. Susan Figueroa is the new principal of Calusa Elementary after serving as Assistant Principal of Del Prado Elementary. Sheena Blue, one time Assistant Principal at Whispering Pines, is now the new principal of Crystal Lakes Elementary. She most recently served as Assistant Principal at Lantana Elementary.

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