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Wiregrass Ranch High School principal to retire

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March

Ray Bonti, the only principal to lead Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel, will retire at the end of the school year. He announced his plans to his staff during a meeting Thursday afternoon.

"I have been putting off doing some consulting work I have been offered," Bonti, who has worked for Pasco schools for 25 years, told the Gradebook. "So I am taking advantage of that."

Bonti said he takes pride in knowing he and his staff and students took a school from bare ground to becoming highly successful in seven years. Wiregrass Ranch has had the county's highest graduation rate and Advanced Placement pass rate, earned consecutive A grades from the state and become the district's only Apple Distinguished School. It is now the county's largest school with the highest level of school choice requests.

"I feel like a champ," Bonti said. "I'm going to go out on the top."

Assistant superintendent Amelia Larson called Bonti a "rock star" and lamented his decision. "I wish he wouldn't leave," Larson said.

Bonti said he intends to remain an active part of the education community even after his retirement.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 7, 2013 4:12pm]

    

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