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School Board elections on the Treasure Coast and PBC

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School Board races are non-partisan, open for all to vote regardless of party affiliation or non-affiliation. The recent Florida primary election on August 26th has brought some re-election of school board members, some rejections and some new and fresh participants to be a part of the challenging role of school board members on the Treasure Coast and PBC. Because school board candidate races are non-partisan, if a candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in the primary election, then they are declared the winner.

Simply stated, a school board is defined as a group of people who are in charge of local schools. A school mission statement to help parents/guardians decide if what they offer and the way they provide it lines up with the educational goals desired for each child, therefore the school board members should reflect and symbolize the mission statement of their districts. Below are the mission statements of the school districts on the Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County along with the recent results of the August 26th Florida primary election.

The mission of the Indian River School District is to serve all students with excellence. The result of the recent primary election for school board member in District 1 is Shawn R. Frost with 54% of the vote. Charles G. Searcy of District 4 received 63% of the vote.

The mission of the St. Lucie County School District is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools, equipped with knowledge, skills and the desire to succeed. Debbie Johnson Hawley (incumbent) received 64% of the vote for District 1. Donna Mills (incumbent) received 58% of the vote for District 3.

The mission of the Martin County School District, in partnership with family and community, is to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become responsible citizens through comprehensive learning experiences and innovative environments that extend beyond traditional walls. The recent primary election for school board members in Martin county yielded in District 1, Christine Li Roberts with 41% of the vote and Lori Shekailo with 38% (race to go on to the next election for District 1 school board member to be declared). Tina McSoley of District 4 received 52% of the vote.

The School District of Palm Beach County is committed to providing a world-class education with excellence and equity to empower each student to reach his or her highest potential with the most effective staff to foster the knowledge, skills, and ethics required for responsible citizenship and productive careers. Elections results: District 1, Karen Brill* (incumbent) 80%; District 4 will go to the next election as no one received more than 50% of the vote with Erica Whittfield receiving 32% (4,962 votes), then Tom Sutterfield with 25% (3,850 votes). In district 6, incumbent Marcia Andrews received 57% and in District 7, Debra Robinson (incumbent) received 72%.

*Interesting note regarding Karen Brill, Palm Beach County School Board Member for District 3 who now represents counties of the Treasure Coast, Palm Beach County, et al, as she has been installed as the President of the Greater Florida Consortium of School Boards held at the Florida School Board Association’s 2014 Annual Summer Conference in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Consortium is comprised of eleven coastal school districts representing over 42% of Florida’s public school students, 55% of the state’s property tax base and 51% of Florida’s legislative members. The eleven school districts that form the Greater Florida Consortium of School Boards are: Indian River, St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Pinellas Counties. The Consortium’s goal is to increase the average funding per student to ensure that Florida is in the top half of the states and can provide a world-class education to enable its students to compete and excel in the global marketplace.

REF: Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, PBC Supervisor of Elections websites

REF: SDPBC Press Release, Public Affairs Office, June 2014

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