New administrative appointments in Hernando filled with intrigue
BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County school district announced three high-level administrative appointments today, including a new K-8 principal, an interim high school principal and a director of student services.
The decisions aren’t short on intrigue.
Superintendent Bryan Blavatt appointed Mary-Grace Surrena to the student services position after a review committee said Surrena, a school psychologist, was the best person for the job.
Surrena previously had held the post for eight months, but lost the job in May when Blavatt decided against reappointing her. He appointed Felita Lott, who left to take a job in Pinellas County before assuming the job. The position has since been vacant.
Surrena had been groomed for years to take over the director’s position from Jim Knight, who retired in September 2011 after two decades in the job.
Blavatt says he was assured by his staff that Surrena was currently the best available candidate for the post.
“Obviously, the staff vetted her and made that decision,” he said. “It’s never been a situation involving my personal feelings or whatever. If she’s the best person out there at the present time, then I’ve got to do it.”
Blavatt also made two high school principal announcements.
Retired principal Marvin Gordon will be the interim principal at Central High School, replacing retiring principal Joe Clifford as the district continues to look for a permanent replacement.
Clifford’s last day is Jan. 26.
At Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics, assistant principal Michael Maine will take over for retiring principal Sue Stoops.
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