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Why didn’t Winter Park Elementary hang its portraits of former principals?

Pressley Baird
StarNews

Winter Park Elementary principal Monica Goza (left) is joined by former principals Joyce Huguelet (center) and Lynn Fulton in August 2012. StarNews photo by Paul Stephen.

Q. I recently returned for a visit to Winter Park School, which I attended for six years in the 1950s-1960s. Several portraits of former principals of the school, including Mr. Jack McGee, were laying in an administrator’s office, visible to nobody. Have they been hung? If not, why? So many of us who attended Winter Park while Mr. McGee was principal will say he had a huge impact on our lives. He is a vital part of the school’s history and its legacy.

A. When Winter Park Elementary School underwent significant renovations in 2009, portraits of several former principals were taken down, but not all were returned to the school, said Monica Goza, principal of Winter Park Elementary.

Once students returned to the school after renovations were complete, only two portraits were left. Since she didn’t have portraits for all 14 of the school’s former principals, Goza said she decided not to hang either portrait. Goza is working to return both portraits to their owners.

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