Everglades Elementary principal resigns abruptly

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The principal of Everglades Elementary resigned abruptly this week, leaving school district administrators scrambling to name a new leader to run the West Palm Beach-area school.

Amie Souder
Amie Souder

Amie Souder, 39, who took over as principal this school year, submitted her resignation on Monday, citing “personal and professional reasons,” a school district spokeswoman said.

School district administrators alerted parents Tuesday evening. By Wednesday, they had tapped school district administrator Joe DePasquale to run the school until a new principal is named.

Wednesday morning, Extra Credit published a report about an incident at the school in November involving the school’s previous principal, Tara Dellegrotti-Ocampo, who snuck into the school’s back office and scolded the school’s treasurer.

Souder was interviewed by school district administrators about the incident but did not appear to be directly involved.

It was not clear whether Souder’s resignation was related to the incident. She did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Souder, a school district employee since 2002, had been an assistant principal at Bak Middle School of the Arts before taking the helm Everglades Elementary.

The school is located south of Southern Boulevard and west of Florida’s Turnpike.

 

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