Cassandra Jackson joins race for Pinellas school board District 7
Cassandra Jackson, 52, a paraprofessional at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School in St. Petersburg, has joined the contest for the District 7 school board seat.
Jackson, who has been working at Marshall for six years, said she will be drawing on years of experience both working and volunteering for the school district. Jackson has three children who have gone through the school district, two are graduates of Gibbs High, and one is a senior there now. She said she served for two years on the District Monitoring and Advisory Committee, a court-created organization whose job it is to monitor and advise the district in issues of racial equity and diversity, and served as chair of the St. Petersburg NAACP's education committee during Darryl Rouson's tenure as president, which lasted from 2000 to 2005.
Jackson was among several who applied to Gov. Rick Scott for an appointment to the District 7 seat following Lew Williams' death last year. Scott named Glenton Gilzean to the post pending an election in November. In 2005 and again in 2008, Jackson ran unsuccessfully for St. Petersburg City Council seat District 6. She is the former president of the Pinellas Black Republican Club and former Pinellas County Housing Authority board member.
She said she hopes to focus on issues related to parent engagement, the achievement gap, fundamental school expansion and bulking up the numbers of minority students enrolled in advanced placement courses.
So far, the only other candidate for the seat is former St. Petersburg City Council member Rene Flowers. Flowers had originally filed to run for the state House of Representatives, but later withdrew her intentions, saying she wanted to focus on school board.