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Retiring? This time he says he means it

By KENT FISCHER, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 15, 2002

Ever wonder what became of Tom Weightman, the man who ran the Pasco County School District for 22 years?

Well, he's retiring. Again.

Weightman, 67, retired as Pasco school superintendent in 1996, after a 35-year career. But a few restless weeks later, he joined the Florida Association of School District Superintendents as its executive director. Now, Weightman is leaving that gig too, ready to finally join the ranks of the idle.

"After 45 years, I think it's time," Weightman said Friday, fresh off the golf course. "I'm just going to take it easy, exercise and do a little traveling."

Weightman and his wife, School Board member Jean Larkin, plan to stay in their new home in Lake Jovita.

Weightman still has many friends in the area, and said he expects them to regularly beat them on the golf course.

Weightman said he has enjoyed the past six years with the association, but was tired of the legislative work his post required. Although the association is a nonpartisan professional organization, he still was required to register as a lobbyist and work the halls of Tallahassee, where he was based.

"I love the job, (but) being up there and only coming home on the weekends, it just didn't work so well," he said. "That's the real reason why I'm giving it up."

He's also not quite done. His last day on the job isn't until December.

"I'm a lame duck," he said with a laugh, "and I don't really mind it."

-- Kent Fischer covers education in Pasco County. He can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6241 or toll-free at 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6241. His e-mail address is kfischer@sptimes.com.

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