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Wikle won't rule out run for Citrus superintendent job

Updated 3:20 p.m.

Robin Wikle recently mentioned to Gradebook that she and her husband bought property in Citrus County. Pinellas's neighbor to the north, Citrus elects its superintendents - and the next election is in 2016. Is Wikle going to run?

"I can't say yes and I can't say no," Wikle said after today's school board meeting. Read: It's a possibility.

Wikle surprised Superintendent Mike Grego and her colleagues on the school board in February when she announced she would resign in the fall. Wikle said Tuesday she doesn't know with certainty what her next move will be.

However, she did say that she's had "some really good conversations" with the Florida Board Association about Citrus's school board. It stands to reason that if she's eying the superintendent job, she might run for school board first. "They've got an exciting district," she said, and, "I'm open to exploring."

Citrus's current superintendent, Sandra "Sam" Himmel, was elected in 2004. A Democrat, Himmel served on the Citrus school board for eight years before taking office. Gradebook isn't too familiar with Citrus's term limits, so it's unclear if Himmel can or will run again.

We have a call in to Citrus staff. Update: There are no term limits in Citrus, and Linda Verderame, Himmel's assistant, says she plans to run for re-election in 2016.