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Pasco assistant superintendent Ray Bonti to retire

This time, Ray Bonti seems to mean it.

Bonti, a Pasco County teacher and administrator for 28 years, announced Friday on YouTube that he will retire at the end of this academic year.

"My last lesson in Pasco County will be on June 30," said Bonti, an assistant superintendent since 2013. 

He took that post shortly after saying he would retire from his job as Wiregrass Ranch High School principal, with an eye toward other career opportunities. When given the task of overseeing operations including athletics, student transportation and school maintenance, though, Bonti decided to stick around.

Now he's ready to move on. He said he enjoyed working with the thousands of students, teachers, school leaders, community members and parents he encountered over the years.

"Never once in my 28 years did I ever not want to get up and come to work," he told the Gradebook. But "It's now time to do other stuff."

Bonti said he looked forward to hiking, backpacking and riding his Harley around the country and perhaps farther. Unlike three years ago, when he was looking to a consulting job, "I'm just going to go off and enjoy life."

Bonti was attending a conference in Orlando, so we couldn't get him to provide more details about his plans.

The district intends to advertise for his replacement.

[Last modified: Monday, May 9, 2016 1:40pm]

    

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