Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pasco School Board member Cathi Martin returns after month of missed meetings

LAND O'LAKES — She's back.

And Pasco School Board member Cathi Martin intends to remain at least through the end of her third term, which expires in 2010.

"I missed it," Martin said, shortly after arriving for a 2 p.m. workshop Tuesday. "I walked in through the door and it felt natural. I'm really glad to be here."

Martin returned to active duty after a month of missed meetings, a resignation announcement and an abrupt turnaround. Three local lawmakers also called upon Gov. Charlie Crist to remove Martin from office, citing a pattern of absences dating to her 2006 re-election.

That request remains on the books. Martin said a staffer from the governor's office told her during a recent phone call that her status is a "high priority" for Crist and that his legal staff was looking into it.

"They wanted to know exactly what was wrong with me," she said. "When they see the letter, they'll know."

In a letter to Crist, dated April 16, Martin stated that her "health problems and other personal issues" including "surgeries with complications" led to many of her absences.

These included lower back surgery, multiple arthroscopies, a right knee replacement, hemorrhoid surgery, a double compound fracture of both leg bones, knee dislocation, four broken toes and several falls.

"Throughout all of this, there were multiple medications that conflicted with each other," she wrote. "Finally, the right dosages were found and administered."

Martin said she decided to resign after being criticized for missing a March meeting where a teacher's fate hung in the balance. She wanted to make life easier on her family, she explained.

"It was a really bad time in my life," Martin said. "I was in a lot of pain."

Shortly after her plan to quit became public, though, the calls came asking her to stick it out.

"They said, 'Please don't resign,' " she recalled. Party politics did not play a part in her decision, said Martin, a Democrat.

She went to her doctor, who adjusted her medicines and cleared her to drive.

"He gave me a clean bill of health," she said. "I'm doing everything I need to do. It's great to be back."

Now, Martin said, she's just "waiting to see" how the governor responds to her explanation about her absences. She noted that the process to remove her could run well past her re-election date.

Would she run again?

"That's a year and a half away," Martin said. "I don't know."

Jeffrey S. Solochek can be reached at solochek@sptimes.com or (813) 909-4614. For more education news, visit the Gradebook at blogs.tampabay.com/schools.

More online

See her letter

To read Cathi Martin's letter to Gov. Crist, go to links.tampabay.com.

Pasco School Board member Cathi Martin returns after month of missed meetings 04/21/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 9:41pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tests show North Korea earthquake not caused by nuclear test

    World

    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's weather agency said a magnitude 3.0 earthquake was detected in North Korea on Saturday around where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural.

    People watch a TV news program reporting North Korea's earthquake, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. South Korea's weather agency said an earthquake was detected in North Korea on Saturday around where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural. The signs read " The weather agency said a magnitude 3.0 earthquake was detected in North Korea." [Associated Press]
  2. New 6.2 magnitude earthquake centered in southern Mexico

    World

    MEXICO CITY — The U.S. Geological Survey says the new earthquake to strike Mexico had a magnitude of 6.2 and was centered in the southern state of Oaxaca.

  3. Bucs players respond to Trump comments on anthem protests

    Blogs

    President Donald Trump shared his thoughts Friday night on NFL players protesting during the national anthem, suggesting that NFL owners should "fire" players who kneel during the anthem in protest. His remarks are alreading drawing responses from many NFL players, including some Bucs.

    Bucs players Mike Evans and Jameis Winston stand with coach Dirk Koetter during the national anthem in a game played in San Diego last season.
  4. Rays morning after: Wilson Ramos showing glimpses of what's possible in 2018

    Blogs

    The real payoff for the Rays signing C Wilson Ramos last off-season will come in 2018, when he can play a full season fully recovered from right knee surgery.

    Catcher Wilson Ramos connects for a two-run single in the fifth inning against the Cubs on Sept. 20, 2017.
  5. Buccaneers-Vikings Scouting Report: Watching Kyle Rudolph, Adam Thielen and Everson Griffen

    Bucs

    No matter how much film we study, no matter how much data we parse, we just don't know how an NFL season will unfold.

    Four of tight end Kyle Rudolph's seven catches this season have come on third down, including this 15-yard touchdown in the Vikings' opener against the Saints. [Getty Images]