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As Hillsborough’s First ‘Priority’ School, Sligh Middle Hopes to Be a Model

TAMPA — Things were so tense the night the Hillsborough County School Board named Shellie Blackwood- Green as Sligh Middle School’s new principal, her 9-year-old son asked if the teachers even liked her.

It made no difference.

“I had already made the decision that, if not me, then who?” said Blackwood-Green, 46. “To me, this is a calling and a purpose.”

Blackwood-Green, who cut her teaching teeth in the South Bronx, is the fourth principal in five years at the F-rated school in Sulphur Springs. Last year, police showed up at Sligh 27 times. And with room for more than 1,100 students, enrollment stands at under 500.