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School board names three to key school posts as part of district shake-up

LAND O' LAKES - The Pasco County School District has filled three key staff positions as changes continue under the new administration of Superintendent Kurt Browning. The school board voted Tuesday evening to approve the appointments of Linda Cobbe as director of communications and government relations, Christine Pejot as human resources director and Mark Fox as director of maintenance and facilities services. All three appointments became effective Wednesday. Cobbe has been external communications manager for the Hillsborough County School District since 1999.
Her background includes stints as a legislative assistant with the Florida Legislature, an administrative aide with the Tampa Sports Authority and field office director for the Florida Medical Assoc-iation. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Indiana University. Pejot, an attorney who works in risk management for the Florida Department of Financial Services, succeeds Melissa Musselwhite, who recently was named director of Exceptional Student Education for the school district. Pejot's career history includes work in human resources, several years in private law practice and about a year as a hearing officer in the juvenile arbitration program with the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida. She holds a bachelor's degree in social sciences from the University of South Florida and a law degree from Stetson University. Fox, who already was serving as acting maintenance director, has worked for the school district since 1996, when he was hired as a crew chief. In 2007, he was promoted to the position of senior crew chief. Since last year, Fox also has been serving as acting custodial services coordinator. Among the key positions still to be filled at the school district are two of the four learning community executive director spots. As part of the district's reorganization, Browning created the learning community executive director positions to oversee schools that have been divided geographically. Two of those jobs have been filled by Dave Scanga, former assistant superintendent for elementary schools, and Beth Brown, former executive director of secondary schools. Hiring of the other two directors may be ready for approval at the school board's next meeting Feb. 5, Assistant Superintendent Amelia Van Name Larson told the board Tuesday.

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