SPRING HILL — Springstead High School principal Susan Duval will be sticking around, at least for a little while longer.
After initially planning to retire in January, Duval, 66, was asked to remain at the school through the end of the 2013-14 year to ease the transition to a new administrator at Hernando County's top-performing high school.
She will stay on until June.
"They didn't want to have any problems transitioning anyone in here," Duval said.
Superintendent Lori Romano, who began in July, said she met with her cabinet this summer and decided it would be best if Duval stayed through the school year.
"We talked about the impact of the change of a principal at a high school midyear," Romano said. "It's significant in a negative way in terms of the impact to a school."
Filling a high school principal's position midyear is difficult. The district struggled to replace Joe Clifford at Central High School during the middle of the 2012-13 school year and had to appoint an interim principal.
Duval said she had to think about the decision for a couple of days before agreeing, gathering input from her children, whom she wants to see more often.
"My family wasn't real excited about it, but they understood why I wanted to do this," she said. "I love what I'm doing."
Duval has been with the Hernando County School District for more than 40 years, serving in numerous administrative positions.
She has served as Springstead's principal since 2003, helping build a strong reputation for educational excellence. It wasn't her first time leading the school. Duval was principal at Springstead from 1994 to 1996, when she was removed by former superintendent John Sanders.
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