Bob Carter, founding principal of The Rock School in Alachua County, passes away

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The founding principal of a private christian school in North Central Florida has died.

Leaders of The Rock School in Alachua County announced Monday that Bob Carter passed away Sunday night.

Carter led the school from its start in 1993 until his retirement 20 years later.

The Rock School has grown to nearly 400 students, including a large number of international students.

A memorial service for Carter will be held Saturday, December 7th at The Rock on 9818 SW 24th Ave in Gainesville at 11:00 a.m.