Six PEOPLE SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO FILL WILLIAMS' SEAT
As of Friday, six people had submitted applications to Gov. Rick Scott in hopes of being appointed to the Pinellas County School Board seat left vacant by the death of Lew Williams. They are:
Jim Jackson, 67, of St. Petersburg, a retired Miami-Dade College professor who ran for the seat against Williams last year.
Michael-Christopher Tauchnitz, 43, of Oldsmar, a software engineer with Verifone.
Myrtle Williams, 67, of St. Petersburg, a retired associate provost with St. Petersburg College.
Sean O'Flannery, 43, of St. Petersburg, a Lakewood High teacher who ran for School Board in 2006.
Glenton Gilzean, 29, of St. Petersburg, director of an educational nonprofit called Educate Today.
Cassandra Jackson, 52, of St. Petersburg, a paraprofessional at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School.
Scott has set no deadlines on when he will make an appointment.
A closer look at high school graduation rates
High school graduation rates were released last week. Here's a look at how Pinellas high schools did: Boca Ciega (from 77.5 percent to 82.9 percent); Clearwater (from 85.8 to 86.1); Countryside (from 87.7 to 87.7); Dixie Hollins (from 82.2 to 84.2); Dunedin (from 83.5 to 91.6); East Lake (from 95.2 to 97.2); Gibbs (from 80.0 to 82.7); Lakewood (from 82.2 to 83.6); Largo (from 74.2 to 82.9); Northeast (from 85.6 to 86.3); Osceola Fundamental (from 93.9 to 96.3); Palm Harbor University (from 98.3 to 98.6); Pinellas Park (from 78.8 to 89.7); Seminole (from 88.9 to 91.5); St. Petersburg (from 91.3 to 88.8); Tarpon Springs (from 91.8 to 94.9).
Thurgood principal headed to Hillsborough
Dallas Jackson, the principal at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School since 2006, is leaving next month to take a principal's job at a public middle school in Hillsborough.
Jackson informed the district of his plans last week. "I did my very best to talk him out of it, but he said he wanted to make a change in his career," said superintendent John Stewart.
Jackson's last day in Pinellas is Jan. 20. The Hillsborough County School Board voted last week to make Jackson the new principal at Martinez Middle. His start date is Jan. 23.
Jackson is in his 16th year in Pinellas. His annual salary is $76,033, plus a $3,000 supplement for his doctoral degree.