Two Florida Board of Education seats vacant as next meeting approaches
The seven-person Florida Board of Education heads toward its Jan. 17 meeting with two open seats and no announced time line from the Governor's Office to fill them.
Board member John Padget, a Keys businessman and onetime Monroe superintendent, was forced to step down in December after having served two full terms. He cannot be reappointed.
Board member Michael Olenick, a former Department of Education general counsel, could be considered for another stint on the board. He spent only two years in the seat, filling the unexpired term of Miami-Dade physician Ada Armas, who resigned after two years.
"Anyone is welcome to apply and can find more information at http://www.flgov.com/appointments/," Governor's Office spokeswoman Lauren Schenone said via email.
So far, Schenone wrote, six people have submitted applications for the positions. They include two former Republican candidates for public office and a college administrator.