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Pasco High School principal Pat Reedy retires early



images.jpgPasco County’s longest lasting high school principal is about to call it a career.

Pat Reedy, principal of Pasco High School since July 1999, submitted a retirement notification to superintendent Heather Fiorentino on Wednesday, with an effective date of Dec. 31. He was in the state’s deferred retirement program and not expected to leave for at least another year. But as he explained in his letter, Reedy, 55, had other things he hoped to accomplish after nearly 34 years working for the school district.

“The first opportunity I will take advantage of is working short term with my son to expand his business, Optimal Recovery LLC, an environmental specialist company,” he wrote.

Reedy said he entered DROP as soon as he saw his son's business was taking off a few years ago. "He needed a little extra help right now," he said. He added that he will remain in Pasco County, where he's spent his whole career, and said he might return to education in some capacity in the future. "I don't see myself just walking away and never being an educator again," he said.

Superintendent-elect Kurt Browning called Reedy a “great principal” and said he will be missed. Browning expected to take some time to find the right person to take over Pasco High, his own alma mater.

“Dade City is a unique place,” he said. “The person that we put in there is really going to have to understand the community and be a strong leader. ... We’re not going to do this one in a day.” 

[Last modified: Thursday, November 8, 2012 4:37pm]


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