The Franklin County Schools last week ensured a seamless transition at the help of Franklin County High School, as it bid farewell to principal Laurence Pender and welcomed Danielle Rosson to the job.
A three-person selection committee chose Rosson from among the applicants, who had also included former principals Michael Sneed and Eric Bidwell.
Rosson, who began a month ago as assistant principal of the school, coming here from Starke in Bradford County, will be paid $92,000. This includes $2,700 for her holding a master’s degree. She will also be eligible for performance pay of $20,000 for earning a school grade of A, and $15,000 for a school grade of B.
Rosson, 42, has 10 years of administrative experience, having served most recently as principal of Bradford Middle School in Starke.
She earned a bachelors in international business in 2003 from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, and a masters in educational leadership from Argosy University, out of Chicago, Illinois in 2009.
She taught elementary school in Dixie County for six years, from 2005 to 2011, and then for six years was an assistant principal in Levy County.
She and husband Ben own a home in Eastpoint and have two children, first grader Bryan and seventh grader John, both of whom will be attending Franklin County Schools.
“I’m very excited to be awarded the opportunity to work in Franklin County,” said Rosson, who began her new post July 1. “I am very fortunate to work in such an amazing community.”
Following the meeting, the school board held a reception for Pender, who served for two years and is now headed back home to Greenwood. He will work as principal of Holmes County High School, which is about a half-hour drive south from his ranch.
At the reception, the board presented Pender with a wooden “Seahawk feather” plaque, in keeping with a favorite saying of his.
“Strong with purpose yet light at heart and able to bend,” it reads. “Reminding us that even the smallest things in creation have the power to lift us to the heavens.”