TAMPA — A retired Hillsborough County principal has filed papers to run for the District 4 School Board seat held by Jennifer Faliero.
Richard Bartels, 61, said the board can use the knowledge and consensus-building experience he gained over 38 years in the district, most recently as principal at Freedom High School in New Tampa.
"I believe I present a perspective that's not too often heard on the board," he said.
The Valrico resident said he supports the district's seven-year, $202 million teacher effectiveness reforms with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
"But in the final analysis, whether or not we achieve those reforms is going to be largely contingent on the support we give to teachers in the classroom," Bartels said.
District 4 comprises much of eastern Hillsborough.
Bartels will face Faliero and Stacy R. White, a parent and pharmacist, in the Aug. 24 primary and Nov. 4 general election. For more information, visit votehillsborough.org.