Manoela Dos Santos – Mustangs Ahead Junior Associate Editor

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS has its new principal. Dustin Dahlquist will take over the position from Craig Little.

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Manatee School officials introduced Dahlquist to the faculty Friday afternoon.

Click here for “Mustangs Ahead’s” interview with Dahlquist.

“This is the place I always wanted to be,” Dahlquist told teachers and staff.  “I don’t know how many times over the last 20 years I’ve heard about all the wonderful things going on at Lakewood Ranch, how great the faculty is there…and here I am.  It’s like a dream come true.”

Dahlquist is currently principal at Buffalo Creek Middle School and has been working in Manatee County schools for the past 22 years.

He is originally from Lakewood, New York but moved to Florida after getting accepted into the University of Florida, where he got his Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science Physical Education. After this, Dahlquist went on to get his Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida.

As Principal, Dahlquist said he plans to, “focus on the maintenance and enhancement of student achievement, continue to build upon the positive school culture, and also ensure the safety of our students here.”

Little is leaving his position at LRHS to become principal at the new high school being built in Parrish.  “It’s a tough, bittersweet decision,” Little commented, “but the chance to open a new school from the ground up is a once in a career opportunity.”

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