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Longtime Hernando board member won't run again



Jim_malcolm_copy BROOKSVILLE -- Longtime School Board member Jim Malcolm is calling it quits at the conclusion of his current term.

"I'm done," he said Tuesday. "I've been on the board 16 years. That's a long time."

In declining to run for a fifth term next fall, Malcolm may kick off a horse race for his four-year seat in District Four. Already three candidates -- James Yant, Courtney Rinier, and Robert Neuhausen -- have filed to run in the August primary and November general election.

"I think this will pretty much open up the field if other people are considering it," Malcolm said.

Over his four terms on the board, Malcolm helped preside over a dramatic expansion in the Hernando County Schools. Enrollment was a fraction of its current 23,000, and several schools -- including magnets Chocachatti Elementary, Challenger K-8 School of Mathematics and Science, and Nature Coast Technical High -- hadn't yet been built or even imagined.

Indeed, Malcolm was a driving force in creating magnet schools in Hernando, and is deeply involved in the current push to develop a center for gifted children. Leaving that project on a solid footing is one of his top priorities in the remaining months of his service.

But the 64-year-old Malcolm, a former teacher and city manager of Brooksville, said it was time for fresh voices and perspectives on the five-member School Board.

"I've gone through a generation of Kids," he marveled. "Kids who started in kindergarten (in 1992) graduated three years ago."

-- Tom Marshall, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:32am]


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