Message from Central Ridge Principal Gina Dickey

Hello Ridgeback Families,

I am excited to be joining the Central Ridge Elementary team! I began my education at Crystal River Primary as a kindergarten student. My family moved away until we returned my senior year, and I graduated from Lecanto High School (Go Panthers!)

I started my career in education teaching in Marion County where I worked for 25 years. I have teaching experience at both the elementary and middle school levels. I have had the opportunity to be the Assistant Principal at two elementary schools. Central Ridge will be the third school where I have served as the Principal.

At Central Ridge Elementary I will instill the TEAM approach, because Together Everyone Achieves More, while focusing on the CRE vision of Committed to Reaching Excellence!

When I’m not at CRE you can find me with my husband of 30 years and my two daughters who are attending college in Gainesville at St. Leo University (Elementary Education Major) and University of Florida (Public Relations Major). Our favorite places are Disney, the beach, and kayaking. If you see us kayaking in Crystal River or on the Rainbow River, please wave!

I look forward to a successful year!


Gina Dickey

Principal Gina Dickey

                              Message from Central Ridge Assistant Principal Julie Jones

Dear Ridgeback Families,

It is with great pleasure that I am joining the Central Ridge Elementary community. As a product of Citrus County Schools, including graduating from Citrus High School, I am proud of our school system and the role it plays in helping to build our future. I am honored that I have been helping in shaping the lives of Citrus County students for more than 20 years, this being my sixth year as an Assistant Principal.

My focus is on building relationships with families and staff, for if we work collaboratively towards the same goal we can be so much more effective. We will keep safety and academics at the forefront, while continuously working to build the whole child.

Away from school, my favorite past times include spending time with my two children, reading (both professional books and children’s literature such as the Sunshine State Young Readers), baseball and Disney.

I look forward to a year of working together, Committing to Reaching Excellence together.

~ Julie Jones

Assistant Principal Julie Jones reading to students.

  • Citrus County Schools is now hiring for all substitute positions (Teacher, Support (Aide), Custodian, Food Service and Bus Drivers). If you are interested or have any questions please call 352-726-1931 Ext 2295 or go to CCSB Job Postings select the substitute position(s) you would like to apply for, click on apply for selected position(s) and fill out all the required information/application.


Central Ridge Elementary
185 W Citrus Springs Blvd.
Citrus Springs, FL 34434
Telephone: (352) 344-3833
Fax number: (352) 249-2103

School Hours 
9:20 A.M. -  3:35 P.M.



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