Gilzean's job not a conflict, board attorney says
Glenton Gilzean can serve as a member of the Pinellas County School Board and work for a non-profit organization that gives low-income students state vouchers, the School Board's attorney said Tuesday.
Board attorney David Koperski said the district has no contract with Step Up for Students - nor is likely to - and Gilzean wouldn't be lobbying school boards in his new role as executive director of advocacy and outreach. Should Gilzean lose his bid for re-election - he faces Rene Flowers in a run-off race on Nov. 6 - he will be prohibited by state law from lobbying the school district for two years, Koperski said.
Gilzean sent an email to his fellow board members Monday to alert them to his new job, which he starts Monday. Step Up for Students administers the state's tax-credit scholarships, which help low-income students pay the for private school tuition. The program has been hugely popular and was expanded last year.
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