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Three new principals appointed at Hernando schools

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County schools superintendent Bryan Blavatt announced Friday the appointment of three administrators to fill soon-to-be-vacant principal positions.

John Stratton, the current principal at Explorer K-8 School, will become the next principal at Central High School. Stratton, who has eight years of administrative experience in Hernando, will replace interim principal Marvin Gordon, who was filling in for Joe Clifford. Clifford retired mid-year.

At Chocachatti Elementary School, Lara Silva, now an assistant principal at Parrott Middle School, will take over for principal Maria Rybka, who is leaving to lead a private school in Hernando. Silva has been an assistant principal and principal in Miramar, Blavatt said in a statement.

Pine Grove Elementary School assistant principal Gina Michalicka will take over as principal at Westside Elementary School, replacing Nancy Kesselring, who is retiring.

Michalicka, a four-year Hernando administrator, was chosen for her strong instructional leadership and knowledge of curriculum, Blavatt wrote.

These three principals were chosen after a committee reviewed each candidate and made a recommendation to Blavatt.

None of the positions were opened up to outside candidates, the superintendent said.

He said there may be an external search to fill some of the vacancies created by the internal shifts.

Danny Valentine can be reached at or (352) 848-1432. On Twitter: @HernandoTimes.

Three new principals appointed at Hernando schools 05/24/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 24, 2013 8:40pm]
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