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School Board member to seek second term

Nancy Bostock, Pinellas School Board vice chairwoman and an at-home mother of three, is seeking a second term on the board.

Bostock, 33, recently opened a campaign account and is the first candidate for the District 5 seat, which covers the southeastern corner of Pinellas County. District 5 is one of four School Board seats up for election in fall 2002.

Bostock called serving on the School Board "the toughest job you'll ever love" and said she wants to continue to help improve the county's schools. She said the county has great programs _ including those that focus on student achievement data and make students responsible for setting their own learning goals _ but the district needs to make sure that all children have access to those programs.

"We just need to reach out to all families and make sure that the children are matched up to the services they can benefit from," Bostock said.

She has been one of the board's most vocal supporters of parental choice and has said the district needs to do a better job of communicating the benefits of a new student assignment system that will begin in 2003. As the district moves to that new system, she wants to see schools help parents get more involved in their children's education.

Bostock, a graduate of Clearwater High School, earned a bachelor's degree in history at the University of Florida. Since being elected to the School Board, she has earned a master's degree in education from the University of South Florida.

Bostock is married, and all three of her children attend Pinellas public schools.

School Board members serve four-year terms and earn $35,391 annually. All seven are elected countywide. Two can live anywhere in the county, but the other five must live in numbered districts.