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Pasco Education Foundation leader resigns

Tom Avramis, executive director of the Pasco Education Foundation, has resigned his position after less than a year on the job. The foundation's directors had spent nearly eight months seeking a leader before settling on Avramis.

"I've decided to transition over into something else," said Avramis, who moved from California to take the post. "A year was enough to figure out I needed to transition into something else. I have a couple of options. I'm not sure which one yet."

Foundation board chairman Donna Prentice, who works for the Tampa Bay Times, said the decision came from Avramis alone. He will remain in an advisory capacity to the foundation through the summer, she said, but the staff will report directly to a subcommittee of the board.

"The foundation is moving forward," Prentice said. "We have an operating subcommittee that is working on the next steps."

Talk had circulated about discontent inside the foundation offices, which now are funded privately and therefore not subject to the same public records and meetings laws as the school district. A key dispute had focused on how to run Take Stock in Children, the foundation's largest single program. That issue has not been settled, and officials suggested it did not play a role in the leadership shakeup.

School Board chairwoman Alison Crumbley said she hoped that any problems would settle quickly so the foundation can continue to work for students and teachers. "I just want to see it expand," she said.

[Last modified: Friday, May 30, 2014 10:40am]


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