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Pasco lawmakers to ask Gov. Crist to remove School Board member Cathi Martin

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March

CmartinCathi Martin may have missed one board meeting too many.

Calling her string of missed board meetings dating back to her 2006 re-election "malfeasant," state Sen. Mike Fasano and state Reps. John Legg and Will Weatherford have formally asked the governor to remove Martin from office.

"She has not fulfilled her responsibilities and obligations as a School Board member," Fasano told the Gradebook. "And it's not something that has happened overnight."

Added Legg: "Not only is she being derelict of duty, it's now starting to cost taxpayers money. ... I think her malfeasance of her role here is significant enough that she needs to be removed."

Since her 2006 re-election, Martin's attendance record has been spotty at best. She missed nine of 17 School Board meetings between September 2006 and May 2007, for instance, and all the meetings in November and December. People noticed and grumbled. Legg tried to pave the way for a recall last spring.

But no one really spoke up until last week, when Martin missed a session that left lawyers and court reporters cooling their heels, as well as a teacher's fate hanging in the wind.

Martin didn't answer calls to her home or cell phone. See tomorrow's St. Petersburg Times or tampabay.com for more details.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:17am]

    

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