BROOKSVILLE — The field of applicants for the vacant District 2 seat on the Hernando School Board had lacked professional experience in the realm of education, and none live in the voting district.
That's no longer the case.
There are at least three more hopefuls seeking Gov. Rick Scott's appointment to the non-partisan seat left vacant after Pat Fagan's resignation last month, and all have experience associated with school districts.
Holly Kollenbaum, 52, of Bayonet Point in Pasco County. Kollenbaum currently teaches on a short-term contract at Gulfside Elementary in Holiday. The Illinois native has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Fort Wayne Bible College (now Taylor University) in Indiana.
Kollenbaum, a registered Republican, has about 10 years experience teaching elementary school, including four years in Hawaii. The married mother of three grown children is building a home in Brooksville and plans to move in later this year.
Angelina Philanders, 66, of Brooksville, is a senior services case manager for Mid-Florida Community Services in Brooksville. Born and raised in Brooksville, Philanders attended the former Moton High School in Brooksville and has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Bethune Cookman College (now University) in Daytona Beach.
Philanders, a registered Democrat, worked as an auditor for the state Department of Revenue, retiring in 2007. She also taught seventh grade math from 2000 to 2001 in Fort Myers. She is divorced and has one grown child; a second child is deceased.
Jim Polk, 76, of Spring Hill, owns Nature Coast Consultants, Inc., an engineering consulting firm.
Polk served as an assistant superintendent for Hernando County Schools from 1993 to 1998. He has a master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of South Carolina. A registered Republican and a divorced father of three grown children, Polk lives in District 2, which covers the southwestern portion of the county. He said he would consider running for the seat in 2012 if appointed.
All three applicants said they sent their paperwork to the governor's office this week. Scott's office did not respond Friday to a request for the updated list of applicants, but there were seven others as of early this week. Scott's spokeswoman has not provided information on a deadline or estimated timetable for the appointment.
Tony Marrero can be reached at (352) 848-1431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.