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Janet Clark to seek third term on Pinellas School Board



clark.jpgPinellas County School Board member Janet Clark has removed the "probably" from her plans to seek reelection, officially announcing her candidacy for a third term.

"I've had a hard time making up my mind, and I still feel like I could be pushed" to not run, Clark, a teacher who quit her job to join the board in 2004, told the Gradebook. "I really miss the classroom."

Still, she said, it doesn't feel like the right time to leave her post, with another superintendent search less than a year away when John Stewart retires.

"Whether it's good or bad, I've been through the process before," Clark explained. "I'm concerned that having new people on the board, that might not be a good process."

She also wants to see a middle school reform initiative through to completion, among other issues.

Two other candidates have filed their intention to challenge Clark for the District 1 at-large seat. They are Jim Jackson, a former Miami-Dade College faculty member and St. Petersburg College adjunct instructor who ran unsuccessfully for the board two years ago, and Elliott Stern, a retired Raymond James executive who has served on the Pinellas Education Foundation board.

[Last modified: Monday, February 20, 2012 2:11pm]


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