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Pasco area superintendent to take early retirement

Beth Brown's past 24 years working in Pasco County school have been, in her own word, "amazing."

But "the rest of my life beckons," Brown said.

So she has put in for early retirement, effective Oct. 1. She told superintendent Kurt Browning on Monday, letting Facebook friends know on Tuesday.

Brown praised Browning and his team as "fantastic," and said she would in some ways love to stay and continue the "right, good work" they are doing. Family commitments are rising, though, and she wants to be able to dedicate her time.

"For the next three months, I'm not going to do anything but have fun, enjoy family and friends," she said. "I have no plans to work for anybody."

If retirement gets boring, Brown added with a laugh, "I can always come back and do expulsion hearings for the district, or mentor new principals."

Under four superintendents, Brown, 56, has worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, middle schools supervisor, learning community executive director and area superintendent. She helped create the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and open John Long Middle School, among other things.

Her last day in the office will be Sept. 25.