The Hillsborough County School District is headed by Superintendent of Schools MaryEllen Elia, who is employed by the…More seven-member Hillsborough County School Board. The school district is the nation's eighth largest. Its schools are run on a day-to-day basis by seven area directors, who are known also as the "principals' principal." The area director's office fields questions and concerns from parents who have issues that have not been addressed at the school level.
Sherrie Sikes, a Brandon High School graduate, serves as the Area 5 director. Her offices, in a series of portable classrooms on Brooker Road in Brandon, oversee the following elementary schools: Alafia, Apollo Beach, Bing, Boyette Springs, Brooker, Cimino, Clair Mel, Collins, Corr, Cypress Creek, Doby, Frost, Gibsonton, Ippolito, Kingswood, Mintz, Palm River, Reddick, Ruskin, Sessums, Summerfield, Summerfield Crossings, Symmes and Wimauma.
The middle schools in Area 5 are Burns, Dowdell, Eisenhower, Giunta, Progress Village, Rodgers and Shields. The high schools are Bloomingdale, East Bay, Lennard, Riverview and Spoto. Charter schools under the Area 5 umbrella are Kids Community College, Literacy/Leadership/Technology (LLT) Academy and Tampa Bay Academy.