PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Long-time Ponte Vedra High School principal Craig Speziale died Saturday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer.
He was 52-years-old.
Christina Langston, Director of Community Relations for the St. Johns County School District, confirmed Speziale's death to First Coast News.
"He was an inspirational leader for teachers and students. The school has lost someone very special. He embodied the professionalism and dedication to not only open Ponte Vedra High School in 2007, but he encouraged students and staff to believe they could accomplish anything," Langston said.
Langston said the crisis team, which consists of counselors and district staff, will be at the school Monday morning and for as long as needed to support students, staff and administration.