Pinellas' Gallucci won't run for re-election
Jane Gallucci, a veteran member of the Pinellas School Board, will not run for re-election this year, she said Wednesday in an interview with the Times. Gallucci said she planned to parlay her experience as president of the National School Boards Association last year to advocate for public education and become a consultant.
Gallucci, 59, first was elected to the Pinellas School Board in 1996, when she unseated incumbent Andrea Thacker. Before that, she was a middle school guidance counselor and science teacher. Gallucci and her husband, Bob, moved to Pinellas in 1983 from Rockaway, N.J., where she had been a school board member as well.
She has served on the Pinellas School Board during a long transition era, helping preside over the end of the busing era, the interim system known as the choice plan and the new student assignment plan approved by the board last month that will mark the return of neighborhood schools.
“Never did I ever think I would have a platform for public education and the opportunities that I’ve had, so it’s time to move on,” Gallucci said. “In my gut it’s time to move on to do other things (as an individual), not as a member of a group, to further the needs of public education.”
Gallucci occupies the board’s District 4 seat, representing a north county area that includes Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, East Lake, Oldsmar and parts of Dunedin. Her term expires in November. So far, no other candidates have announced a run for the seat.
- Thomas C. Tobin, Times education reporter