From day one of my term, I would use my influence to push individual school administrators to continue to determine which of their students are without home internet access and, using current practices, find ways to connect those families with the resources they need. Naval Academy graduate who spent 10 years in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. He said the district might have benefited from a more collaborative model when reviewing its back-to-school plan during the coronavirus pandemic. Provide a path to the middle class for all high school students. Teachers are working their best all day and could identify families that they think need to be contacted for a more one-on-one check in. With over 104,000 students served in more than 140 schools and centers, the district is the 7th-largest in Florida and 26th-largest in the nation. The board can change standards to eliminate social promotion and can significantly increase career education and partnerships with other governments, schools and the private sector. The board approves the union contracts which cover the 14,000 district employees. “I’m pro all schools. “I think it’s important that the community have a voice, parents have a voice and, most important, our children have an advocate.”. The district must establish more community partnerships for all schools to grow such initiatives as positive behavior support and academic incentives, Edmond explained, while also ensuring students' individual learning requirements are met. For older students, Nurse called for increased focus on career and technical programs, including advising to help young people find paths to success if they don’t intend to attend college. They include adding extended learning programs, extra summer instruction and bringing in counselors and social workers to connect families with outside services. Laura Hine: The school board is complex and demanding in its duties: school board members are charged with operational, policy and fiduciary oversight of public education in Pinellas County. The future success of our community starts in our schools – and we must make sure we are electing board members who will ensure accountability, transparency and excellence. The Pinellas County School Board has seven members: three are elected at-large – which means they are voted on by all county residents – and four are elected by the registered voters within each single-member district. Officers with the school district said … The district was created upon Pinellas County's split from Hillsborough County in 1912. The average Pinellas County School Board daily wage ranges from approximately $66.61 per day for Assistant Principal to $109 per day for Principal. [8] From 2007 and by 2015 student performance and behavior at five elementary schools in a mostly black area of St. Petersburg sharply declined. She noticed hardly any of her neighbors sent their children to the low-rated neighborhood school, North Shore Elementary. I plan to focus on working with colleagues on the board to pass measures, practices and policies necessary for the operation and improvement of schools throughout the county. Studies have demonstrated that voters and taxpayers who do not have children in the school system are equally as concerned as voters with children in public schools. It is a family, economic and national security issue that we are excellent at public school on a broad scale. We all share in the great responsibility of education. “I have the experience and past knowledge of education,” he said in an interview this week. Incumbent Joanne Lentino has withdrawn from the race, opening the way for new faces. The school system has a strong testing system which will show who is slipping behind. This policy is new and we need to observe and evaluate if it serves us or needs revision. Our public education system educates more than 90% of our students using public tax resources of nearly $1.7 billion. Three candidates have announced they are running for the District 1 seat on the Pinellas County School Board, including two educators and a Navy veteran who now works as an art director. The school system has purchased “hot spots” for those children who do not have internet access. He touted his past work in business and government as key to knowing how to accomplishing goals while working with often disparate groups. The board can change standards to eliminate social promotion and can significantly increase career education and partnerships with other governments, schools and the private sector. Caprice Edmond: Studies have demonstrated that voters and taxpayers who do not have children in the school system are equally as concerned as voters with children in public schools. Neither Nurse nor Edmond want that to be a factor in the campaign. Here are Florida’s rules for registering to vote. “If we are not meeting the basic needs of children, we are going to be more challenged as they get older,” she said. Pinellas County Schools is the public school district serving Pinellas County, Florida. Laura Hine, executive director of The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art in St. Petersburg, is the third candidate for District 1. With me as their representative to the board, all citizens in District 7, parents, grandparents and non-parents alike, will have a say in determining who will decide how those tax dollars are spent and how the mission of Pinellas County Schools will be met. Meyer, a mother of two students at Keswick, grew up in Pinellas, where her mother taught in public school for 37 years, she said. Officers with the school district said Kari Turner refused to wear a mask while in the lobby outside of the meeting room. Stephanie G. Meyer: The school board is the only democratically elected body in what would otherwise be an insulated institution. General election for Pinellas County School Board District 1 At-large. I want them all to be great.”. ©2020 FOX Television Stations, Astra-Zeneca admits to a mistake that leads to another global trial. The Pinellas County and State of Florida economy depends critically on a well-educated and prepared workforce. After 34 years running a business, I would suggest that the school needs at least one member who has these skills. The district is based in Largo. History. These students are the ones who grow (quickly) to be our families, our communities, our workforce, our economy and our military. Several weeks ago, Pinellas County had one of the lowest positivity rates in the state. Meyer plans to recruit and retain professional teachers, provide them with better pay, more flexibility and autonomy. If elected on November 3, my priority will always be putting our children’s best interest first. Karl Nurse: First, it is our responsibility to be sure that the safety procedures are implemented at each school. POSTAL SERVICE CONCERNS: What’s going on with the U.S. The Pinellas County and State of Florida economy depends critically on a well-educated and prepared workforce. As well, those teachers who have a documented medical condition that puts them at serious risk of developing life-threatening complications to COVID should have the option to teach virtually.