Want to be a School Board member? Interest in Pasco seat grows
Cathi Martin hasn't even officially resigned her Pasco School Board seat yet, and already the hopefuls to replace her are lining up.
Over the weekend, potential candidates began contacting Sen. Mike Fasano — considered by many to be a key voice in who gets selected — to inquire abut the possibilities.
Anthony Terranova, a fifth-grade teacher at Cotee River Elementary, wrote: "I have a unique view to how taxpayer money is allocated because I witness it every day. During these tough economic times, I can introduce timely, targeted, and effective classroom-ready policies."
Carol Kemp, a Realtor who serves on the Pasco Housing Finance Authority, asked Fasano point-blank: "Now that Cathi has resigned, what should I be doing? As you know, I would like to be considered for this spot."
Sallie Skipper, who served as superintendent Heather Fiorentino's re-election campaign treasurer, told Fasano she was interested, but later dropped the thought after learning she actually lives in board member Kathryn Starkey's district. (Don't give up hope, Ms. Skipper — Starkey plans to resign to run for State House in the summer of 2010.)
Others who have shown interest in the seat are Mitchell High career specialist Michelle Chamberlin, who ran unsuccessfully against Martin in the 2006 general election; Ridgewood High teacher Renee Jonas, who ran and lost in the 2006 primary; Mary Scicchitano, an educator who recently moved to Pasco County; and Rob Houlihan, who called Fasano's office saying he knows Fasano from church.
More names are expected. Stay tuned.