Hernando County's Eastside Elementary set for new leader as principal who turned around struggling school retires

With Mary LeDoux retiring after 36 years in education — six at Eastside — Central High assistant principal Mildred Murrman-Dudley will take over.
Mildred Murrman-Dudley will become principal at Eastside Elementary in July. [Courtesy Hernando County School District]
Mildred Murrman-Dudley will become principal at Eastside Elementary in July. [Courtesy Hernando County School District]
Published February 27

BROOKSVILLE — Eastside Elementary School will have a new principal next year.

Mildred Murrman-Dudley, an assistant principal at Central High School, will take over the role at the beginning of July when principal Mary LeDoux retires after 36 years in education, according to a statement from the Hernando County School District. LeDoux, who became the school's principal in 2013, helped turn the school around after the it became the first in the county's history to earn an F grade from the state. Last year, it earned an A.

Murrman-Dudley, who earned a degree in elementary education from St. Petersburg College, has worked in the district since 2008, when she started as a teacher at Spring Hill Elementary School.

"I am so fortunate," she said in the district statement. "Ms. LeDoux and the Eastside staff have established high expectations for each other and for their students ... My goal is to support that momentum and work closely with parents and staff to help Eastside reach even greater success."

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