When he got up Friday, Dec. 20, Ron Pritchard put on the familiar orange and blue and headed to school for the last time as principal of Bartow High School, bringing to a close 23 years of leadership at one of the city’s oldest institutions.
“I wish I didn’t have to retire,” the 62-year-old school administrator said, but under the current state-deferred retirement program, his days at the school were numbered. “I really hate to leave.”
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