Veteran principal recommended for top spot at Hernando's newest high school
BROOKSVILLE -- A veteran Hernando County principal has been tapped to open the county’s newest high school.
Interim superintendent Sonya Jackson has selected Central High School principal Dennis McGeehan to serve as principal at the yet-to-be-named school north of Weeki Wachee set to open next fall.
McGeehan’s selection must be approved by the School Board.
He’ll likely have board member Pat Fagan’s vote.
“I know without a doubt that he would do a great job getting the school up and running,” Fagan said.
McGeehan said the news brought mixed emotions of excitement about the opportunity and bittersweet feelings about leaving Central.
“When you have a position like this offered to you, it’s certainly a challenge you look forward to,” McGeehan said Wednesday morning.
McGeehan, 57, started with the Hernando district in 1974 as a math teacher at the former Brooksville Junior High. He served as principal at West Hernando Elementary School for a decade before taking his current job at Central in 1996. McGeehan is Central’s third principal.
If approved to lead the new high school, McGeehan will stay just long enough to get the school established. His participation in the state’s deferred retirement program requires him to retire in 2 1/2 years.
The $55 million school, on U.S. 19 a few miles north of State Road 50, will relieve overcrowding at Central and Springstead high schools. The School Board has already agreed that the school will start out with ninth- and 10th-graders, so some freshmen at Central this year would be sophomores under McGeehan at the new school.
Tony Marrero, Times Staff Writer