Eight people had applied by midafternoon Thursday to be the next principal at Crystal River Primary School. The job opened up when principal Bennye Milton died late last month. Applications were due Thursday. Local applicants included Sandra Kennedy, assistant principal at Crystal River Primary; Rick Kenney, assistant principal at Lecanto Primary School; and Mark McCoy, assistant principal at Rock Crusher Elementary School. Other applicants from outside the county were Jeri Hatler, Carolyn Henry, Sharon Carr, Robert Spellman and Beryl James. Milton was African-American; only one of the eight applicants, James, is African-American.