NORTH PORT — For 16 years, Cranberry Principal Linda Daniels greeted students on their return from winter break.
This year students will see a familiar person in place of Daniels when they return to school in January. Assistant Principal Brad Porinchak was named as Cranberry’s new principal.
Daniels previously told the Sun that her retirement is bittersweet, but she plans to remain active in the North Port community. Daniels also told the Sun that she was proud of everything she has built at Cranberry.
In a press release from district Executive Director of Elementary Schools Chris Renouf, he said Porinchak is the perfect selection to lead Cranberry Elementary as principal.
He said Porinchak’s role as assistant principal has helped build relationships and understand the culture of high expectations.
Porinchak has worked in the district since 2005 and has served as assistant principal since 2017. Previously, Porinchak was the assistant principal at North Port High School from 2014 to 2017.
At North Port High, Porinchak was responsible for instruction, administration and promoting the use of technology in the classroom, according to the release by the district.
Porinchak started his career at the district as an honors physics, honors chemistry, physics, chemistry and AP chemistry teacher at North Port High School, a position he held until 2011.
Following his time at North Port High, Porinchak served as the district’s K-12 science curriculum specialist until 2014.
Proinchak will start as principal following approval by the Sarasota County School Board.