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White to seek second term

Willie White survived the controversy over the deciding vote he cast in the teacher contract settlement this school year, and now he is ready to jump into another challenge.

White filed his paperwork Friday to run for re-election to the School Board seat the governor appointed him to in September.

He will not be alone in the race. An old classmate from Citrus High School _ Floral City resident Sheila Whitelaw _ filed her paperwork to run for the same seat several weeks ago.

"I've got a great reason (for running) _ a 4-year-old who is going into the school system," said White, who sees himself as a good representative of the "ordinary man."

Teacher salaries, other budgetary concerns and student discipline problems are the issues White sees as the most important of the coming years for the school system.

He said he has been pushing to make teacher salaries "our No. 1 priority" and is pleased with recent discussions about budget priorities.

A supporter of alternative programs for students with discipline problems, White said: "We've really got to do something besides expulsion and taking kids out of school and setting them at home because some kids want that."

White advocates involvement in the school system, not just by parents but by everyone in the community.

"I myself personally would like to see nearly every taxpayer be involved in the school system. It's a great big business and there are some great big decisions that have to be made," White said. "Then maybe there won't be as much yelling when the decisions have to be made."

The 38-year-old Citrus County native is a warehouse supervisor for Insulation Coating Corporation of Inverness.

His wife, Mercedia, is a registered nurse who works for the Withlacoochee Technical Institute. He has another daughter and a stepdaughter in addition to his 4-year-old girl.