At its virtual School Board meeting Tuesday, the Osceola School District confirmed a pair of new high school assistant principals, effective June 1:

Demetrik Harris, Gateway High School: has held the following positions: Teacher at Excel Alternatives School in Orlando (2009-2011); Teacher at Celebration High (2011-2013); Dean of Students at Celebration High (2013-2016); and Learning Resource Specialist at Celebration High (2016-present).  He received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from National-Louis University.

Roberto Morales, Tohopekaliga High School: has held the following positions: Literacy Coach at St. Cloud High (2014-2016); High School ELA Resource Teacher for the Osceola School District (2016-2017); Academic Dean of Students (2017-2018); and Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at Lake Marion Creek Middle School (2018-present).  He has three master’s degrees: one in Elementary Education from Mercy College, another in Reading from East Stroudsburg University, and the last one being in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Superintendent Debra Pace reported that 93.5 percent of Osceola County students had participated in distance learning over the last five weeks, and that there are only about 600 students the district hasn’t heard from.

“We’re continuing to reach out to them, we don’t know if they may have moved or other circumstances,” Pace said. “Learning never stops in the SDOC.”

Planning has already begun for the 2020-21 school year, a little early but necessary under the current conditions. Planning is to have students back in schools, if it’s possible, and the District is looking at the considerations that will be needed if social distancing rules are still in place.

“We’ve had conversations.” Pace said. “Social distancing on buses is the component that scares me the most.