Gulf High principal to depart
For years, Steve Knobl had his eyes on becoming a school district superintendent.
He said so when taking the principal's job at Gulf High School in 2008, and demonstrated his interest when applying for an assistant superintendent post in Hernando County a year later.
Now his career path veers in a different direction. Knobl, who recently completed his doctorate in education from USF, will become dean of academic affairs at the Rasmussen College New Port Richey campus.
His final day at Gulf will be April 12.
"This has been a stressful decision for me because of my commitment and dedication to Gulf High School and to the Pasco County School District for 18+ years. This has been my only career since I graduated from UCF in 1994," Knobl said in an e-mail to the Gradebook.
"The roles and responsibilities of the principal have become a 24-7 job the last few years. The pressure and stress we find ourselves facing each day have impacted my time and relationships with my family. After Jesus, my priority is my wife, sons, and family. My students, staff, colleagues, friends, and others that know me support my decision."
Knobl has been credited with reviving a school that had lost some of its luster. The district administration will be seeking his replacement as quickly as possible.