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Wikle: Pace of school board too slow for her



School board member Robin Wikle, who announced plans to resign yesterday, says there's no bombshell reason she's stepping down after her sixth year.

"It's just time," Wikle told the Gradebook on Wednesday. "I'm a leader who comes in and troubleshoots and organizes, and I think we have a district that has sustainable leadership."

Wikle did say that she was, at times, frustrated by the slow-moving pace of the school board.

"I'm the kind of person that, if I have a great idea or district has a great idea, I like to jump in the pool like a cannonball," she said. "But with government and bureaucracy you have to dip your toe in and get a focus group and then form a committee..."

Wikle said she's been approached about running for another office, but "the thought of discussing roadwork on the county commission, or sewer control" doesn't appeal to her. "My desire and love is for education."

Pinellas is home to a number of agencies that prop up the schools and local students, including the Pinellas Education Foundation and Step Up For Students, the nonprofit that administers the state's voucher program for low-income students to attend private schools.

"I'm hoping. I'm getting my resume ready," Wikle said.

Although her options may not be limited to Pinellas.

Wikle said she and her husband recently bought a second home in the Crystal River area - that's in Citrus County - and they've been spending weekends there.

"We love that area. I don't know what we're going to do, but we're in empty-nesting time," Wikle said. "We're living the dream, actually."

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11:25am]


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