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Peggy O’Shea, Rene Flowers to lead Pinellas School Board

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Peggy O’Shea will chair the Pinellas County School Board for another year. O’Shea was chosen to retain her chairmanship of the board during an organizational session Tuesday. Rene Flowers was chosen to be the vice chair. The session also saw the swearing in of two new board members, Joanne Lentino and Eileen Long, and one returning member, Carol Cook. Lentino holds the District 1 at-large seat. Long holds the District 4 seat; Cook, the District 5 seat. O’Shea was elected…

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Carol Cook, Joanne Lentino victorious in Pinellas School Board races

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Carol Cook and Joanne Lentino won the two open seats on the Pinellas County School Board. The races for both the District 1 and District 5 seats centered on the poor performance of five schools in southern St. Petersburg. Lentino, her opponent Matt Stewart, and Cook’s opponent Eliseo Santana had contended new blood and new ideas were needed on the board to turn those schools around. Cook said the turnaround had already begun because the district had put programs and…

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Carol Cook, Joanne Lentino win at fundraising for the Pinellas School Board

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With the final financial reports in before Tuesday’s election, the fundraising winners for the two available seats on the Pinellas County School Board are Joanne Lentino and Carol Cook. Lentino, a retired teacher, has raised a total of $38,588 in her run for the District 1 seat on the board. Her opponent is Matt Stewart, an HR manager over talent management for Hillsborough County and a member of the adjunct faculty at St. Petersburg College. Stewart has raised a total…

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Service employees’ union endorses Charlie Justice, Carol Cook

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The Florida branch of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has endorsed candidates in Pinellas County elections. At the county level, Pinellas Commissioner Charlie Justice and School Board member Carol Cook, both running for re-election, received the union’s support. At the local level, Dunedin Mayor Julie Bujalski, who is seeking re-election, also received the union’s endorsement. The union also supports renewing the one-half mill ad valorem tax for school district operating expenses. And, at the state level, the SEIU has endorsed…

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Close fundraising race in Pinellas School Board campaigns

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Fundraising has been slow for the four candidates running for the two open seats on the Pinellas County School Board, according to the latest financial reports. District 1 In the race for the District 1 seat, Matt Stewart is running slightly behind Joanne Lentino in overall fundraising, but he was ahead in bringing in money during the first seven days of October. Overall, Lentino has $33,512. Of that, $1,675 came in early this month. Most — $1,000 — came from the Florida…

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Battle for Pinellas School Board centers on five schools

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Three of the four candidates for the two open seats on the Pinellas County School Board debated school performance, allocation of resources, teacher retention, and diversity during a forum Wednesday at St. Petersburg College. The debate took place against a background of publicity over the underperformance of five majority-black schools in southern St. Petersburg. And while the panel asked for specificity and concrete answers, candidates’ comments at times seemed to rely more on rhetoric than on facts and solutions. Joanne…

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Yard sale proceeds will go to Pinellas School Board candidate Eliseo Santana’s campaign

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With a bit more than a month to go before the Nov. 8 election, fundraising for Eliseo Santana is in full swing. Santana, a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Pinellas School Board, has three fundraisers set for the next three weeks. The first is a “Support Eliseo Santana Yard Sale” sponsored by Jenn Bouchie, who says 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the campaign. The yard sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday…

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