Pasco school board member Cathi Martin to resign
Facing calls for her removal from office, Pasco School Board member Cathi Martin has decided to call it quits.
"Due to on going health issues, I feel that I will be unable to finish my term," Martin said in an e-mail to her fellow board members and superintendent Heather Fiorentino.
Because the announcement came in an unsigned e-mail, Fiorentino told the Gradebook that the district is treating it as a letter of intent that still requires more official action.
"Mrs. Martin has been in office 11 years and has served the students and the teachers well," Fiorentino said. "Recently, her health has caused her a lot of problems. We wish her well."
Once the resignation is official, Gov. Crist would name a replacement until an election is held in 2010.
To see Martin's full e-mail, read on.
----- Original Message -----
From: Cathi Martin <email@example.com>
To: Heather Fiorentino
Sent: Thu Mar 12 20:18:13 2009
Subject: Resignation Catherine Martin
I wish to apologize to my supporters that, due to on going health issues, I feel that I will be unable to finish my term. I have always known the importance of my responsibility as a school board member.
I wasn't elected as a CPA, attorney, a Doctorate of Education, or a developer. I was elected as a concerned parent to represent the parents, children and teachers of Pasco County. I hope that my replacement could continue this representation and avoid special interest groups.
So, effective at the convenience of the superintendent and governor, I will resign my office.
Catherine E. Martin
Formerly District 3