Pasco board member Frank Parker delays re-election decision
When asked his plans to seek another term, Pasco School Board member Frank Parker repeatedly said he would have an announcement by the end of January. He had told community members that he was considering retirement, and told the Gradebook to expect word at today's meeting.
But the session came and went, marked by Parker's silence on the issue.
Questioned, Parker -- a longtime supporter of superintendent Heather Fiorentino -- shrugged and said, "I'm not sure what I'm going to do." He suggested he would sit back and see if anyone emerges to challenge him before making a decision. Filing time comes in the summer.
If he were to not seek reelection, Parker would be the third board member intending to leave in the fall. Cathi Martin has announced her plan to retire, and Kathryn Starkey intends to resign to run for State House. That would guarantee a new majority on the board.
Board chairman Allen Altman's term also ends this year. He has not stated his plans either.