DADE CITY — Pasco County's longest lasting high school principal has announced his retirement.
Pat Reedy, principal of Pasco High School since July 1999, gave his notice on Wednesday to superintendent Heather Fiorentino. His retirement will take effect Dec. 31.
Reedy, 55, entered the state's deferred retirement program a few years ago, as his son's environmental specialist company, Optimal Recovery LLC, was taking off. Reedy originally planned to stay for at least another year, but said his son "needed a little extra help right now." He added that he will remain in Pasco County, where he's spent his 34-year career, and said he might return to education in the future. "I don't see myself just walking away and never being an educator again," Reedy said.
Superintendent-elect Kurt Browning called Reedy a "great principal" and expected to take some time to find the right person to take over Pasco High, his own alma mater.
"Dade City is a unique place," he said. "The person that we put in there is really going to have to understand the community and be a strong leader. ... We're not going to do this one in a day."