Tampa, Florida - The middle school principal arrested for allegedly buying crack cocaine from an undercover officer in his school office is negotiating a plea deal with the state. Giancola was arrested in February at Van Buren Middle School.
Giancola appeared in Hillsborough County court Wednesday. Giancola’s attorney says he doesn't think the case will go to trial.
The 40-year-old is charged with purchasing and possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana. Until his arrest, Giancola had a good reputation and performance record. He was also well liked and respected by parents and students.
Here’s a look at this career history:
8/19/91 - began teaching at Young Middle School
8/22/94 - promoted to ESE specialist at Young Middle School
8/18/97 - transferred to ESE specialist position at Jefferson High School
11/16/99 - appointed coordinator at James Exceptional Center
7/28/04 - appointed site administrator at Dorothy Thomas Exceptional Center
6/19/06 - appointed principal of Van Buren Middle School
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