A wildlife trapper catches four alligators — including one just over 8 feet long — from the school’s campus. Two of the animals were found on the south side of the campus, one on the north and one by the main parking lot. While alligators have been spotted on campus before, four gators at one time was an unusually high number. The gators were let them go at an unknown location. The capture occurred during the school day, but Principal Covert said it was not a disruption to the students:
It’s not something to be worried about. It’s definitely something to be cognizant of
Sarasota Schools Superintendent Lori White names Covert — a school administrator from Fredericksburg, Virginia — as the next principal at Pine View School. Pending School Board approval, Covert will start July 1 and get paid $119,419 a year. Steve Cantees, the district’s executive director for high schools said:
We felt like at the end of the process we landed on the right person. He’s the perfect fit.
Sarasota officials liked Covert because he built up the gifted program back in Virginia and is passionate about the arts, science, technology, engineering and math.Covert started as a Spanish teacher at Spotsylvania High School and has spent most of his career in the high-performing district an hour south of Washington, D.C. His father was also a school principal Covert said of his move to Sarasota:
We immediately felt at home. I couldn’t have had a better feeling. I immediately knew it was going to be the right fit. I’m glad they also feel that.