principal ready to try his hand at consulting
Wiregrass Ranch High School principal Ray Bonti announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the school year. He plans to become an education consultant. "I do have a lot of energy left," said Bonti, 57, who has worked for the Pasco school district for 25 years. "I want to get out and do other things." Bonti has been the only principal at Wiregrass Ranch. He said he loves working with the students and feels blessed to have worked with "so many talented teachers." Together, he said, they developed a model high school that Wesley Chapel can be proud of. The school has had the county's top graduation rate, top Advanced Placement passing rate and highest number of school choice requests. "I feel like a champ," he said. "I'm going to go out on the top."
Tip leads to arrest in bank robbery
After seeing media reports about a man robbing a Wells Fargo bank on Tuesday, someone called Pasco deputies with a tip on the robber's identity: Michael Aaron Shearer. Deputies say Shearer went into the branch at 10934 U.S. 19 and demanded all hundred-dollar bills from the bank teller, who complied. The robber then fled on foot. After deputies received the tip on the robber's identity, the bank teller picked Shearer's picture out of a photo lineup. Shearer was arrested Wednesday on a charge of bank robbery and was booked at the Land O'Lakes jail, where he remained Thursday in lieu of $50,000 bail. "He denied the allegations against him," his arrest report said.
School's yard sale to help teacher
Children's Nest Day School, 24170 State Road 54, will host a fundraising yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Money raised will help defray the cost of medical expenses not covered by insurance for Stacy Godfry-Nussbaum, an intervention support teacher at Denham Oaks Elementary. Godfry-Nussbaum, who was recently featured in a story in the Pasco Times' Top of the Class page, suffers from kidney disease and will soon need a transplant. To learn more, go to bit.ly/WZwRH4.
Mothers & More chapter to meet
Mothers & More has established a west Pasco chapter. The nonprofit organization provides opportunities for mothers to reconnect with themselves, connect with other mothers, and connect with the world. The west Pasco chapter will feature monthly meetings on topics that interest all mothers, regardless of their work status or ages of children, as well as moms' nights out, children activities and more. The next meetings will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and March 19 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road. For information, visit the Facebook page of West Pasco Mothers & More, go to mothersandmore.org, email westpascomothes firstname.lastname@example.org or call (813) 263-2407.
Detailed obituaries can be found in Section B.