Two new, one renewed: Pinellas County School Board swears in three members, appoints chair and vice chair
The Pinellas County School Board is back to being a seven-women board.
At an organizational meeting on Tuesday, District 1 At-Large member Joanne Lentino, District 4 member Eileen Long and District 5 member Carol Cook officially took their seats at the dais. Lentino and Long won their first elections, and Cook was re-elected for the fourth time.
All three members were sworn in by Pinellas County Court Judge Myriam Irizarry, who was also re-elected this election. They posed for a photo after as board members' family and friends took pictures and cheered them on.
The School Board also had some business to take care of. Board member Rene Flowers nominated Peggy O'Shea for another term as chair woman, and board member Terry Krassner nominated Rene Flowers as vice-chair.
Board member Eileen Long was also nominated to be the district's Florida School Board Association's alternate on the board of directors, a position previously held by Ken Peluso, the incumbent Long unseated.