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Former teacher applies for Lew Williams' seat



Update at 1:30 p.m. Friday: We just received a copy of the administrative complaint against Strayhorn from DOE. It doesn't say much, but we've attached it below. Strayhorn's application says she disputes the allegation and has requested a hearing.

The latest applicant for the Pinellas school board seat vacated by Lew Williams - applicant No. 9, if you're keeping count - is former teacher Francenia "Fran" Strayhorn. Her application is attached below.

She notes she has an unspecified disciplinary case before the state Education Practices Commission. We asked the Department of Education late this afternoon for information about the case; if it's public record and we can get hold of it, we'll post it.

Strayhorn has appeared before the school board at least a couple times in recent years. In January 2010, she complained about painting outside of Gulfport Elementary, where she worked, according to minutes in the Jan. 26, 2010 agenda packet. Last July, she asked the board not to approve a recommendation that she be transferred from Gulfport to Lynch Elementary. The minutes indicate she filed a grievance against the transfer, and that she believed the actions against her were the result of speaking to the board at a previous meeting.

Strayhorn supported Senate Bill 6, according to this April 2010 WMNF story.

[Last modified: Friday, January 13, 2012 1:30pm]


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