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Dr. Chris Clifford has been named principal of D.S. Parrott Middle School starting July 1, 2021. Currently, Chris is in his 17th year with the school district and his 6th year as assistant principal at Central High School.

New Principal for D.S. Parrot Middle School

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on May 14, 2021

Dr. Chris Clifford has been named principal of D.S. Parrott Middle School starting July 1, 2021. Currently,
Chris is in his 17th year with the school district and his 6th year as assistant principal at Central High
School.

New Principal for D.S. Parrot Middle School

He is no stranger to D.S. Parrott, having taught there in 2011. Chris is highly regarded for his
energy, his ability to use technology in problem-solving and his genuine optimism as he works with
colleagues and students.
“Chris is a “make this happen” type of leader. He has made remarkable contributions to improving school
culture for the staff and students of Central. His enthusiasm is a perfect match for D.S. Parrott, a school
that rallies around student learning while creating deep connections to their community. Chris is a leader
who will keep Parrott moving forward,” Superintendent John Stratton said.
As assistant principal at Central, Chris’ career highlights include developing a system to analyze student
formative assessment proficiency, redesigning policy procedures for early detection of students in need,
professional development of school staff and educational leaders and creating video learning workshops
for teachers to help them prepare for remote learning.
Earlier this year, Chris was nominated as the 2021 Assistant Principal of the Year for Hernando Schools.
The nomination came after an extraordinary summer where Chris’ leadership was evident beginning with
his plan to create a virtual graduation ceremony for each high school when the pandemic forced the
cancellation of live ceremonies last year. Using his organizational skills, technological craft and his natural
affinity for working with people, Chris completed the project and provided more than 1,500 high school
seniors a permanent graduation memory.
Chris follows Ed LaRose, who will leave the middle school to lead the Hornets of Weeki Wachee High.

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