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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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In the race for Pinellas School Board, the differences are subtle

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With no incumbent in the race for District 1, voters are sure to get a new face on the Pinellas County School Board come election day. But voters who came to Thursday’s local candidates’ forum sponsored by the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce looking for a clear-cut choice between Joanne Lentino and Matt Stewart may have been disappointed. The differences between the two are subtle and come more from their perspective than from sharp disagreements concerning the issues facing the Pinellas…

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Florida service employees union endorses Joanne Lentino for Pinellas School Board

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The Florida chapter of the Service Employees International Union has endorsed Joanne Lentino for the District 1 at-large seat on the Pinellas County School Board. “SEIU Florida has endorsed Joanne Lentino … because we are confident she will bring people together to improve the academic success of all children in Pinellas County,” said Alphonso Mayfield, president of SEIU’s Florida Public Services Union. “She has the experience, integrity and community spirit to get the job done. We will be activating our networks…

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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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St. Pete firefighters endorse Joanne Lentino

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The St. Petersburg Association of Firefighters Local 747 has endorsed Joanne Lentino for the Pinellas County School Board. “We commend you on your willingness to run for the position of School Board Member, District 1,” Richard Pauley, Jr, union president wrote. “The St. Petersburg Association of Firefighters Local 747 would like to support and endorse your campaign. We believe you will honorably serve the citizens of School Board, District 1 and the interests of the men and women in Fire…

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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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