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PINELLAS COUNTY: SCHOOL BOARD, DISTRICT 1

...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Janet Clark originally faced three challengers for the seat she first won in 2004. After the August election, she faces just one in this runoff election: Jennifer Crockett, a familiar face at board meetings.

Janet R. Clark, St. Petersburg Jennifer Crockett, St. Petersburg
Elected in 2004, Clark, 54, is running for a second term. She taught students with emotional disabilities for 11 years Ñ first in Charleston County, S.C., and later at Meadowlawn Middle School in St. Petersburg. Before becoming a teacher, she was employed for 17 years as a restaurant worker in Charleston. She moved to St. Petersburg in 2000. She sits on the boards of several organizations, including the Homeless Leadership Network and RÍClub, the Louise Graham Regeneration Center and Florida RCS Grace House. Experience Crockett, 36, is making her second run for the School Board. She attends most of the boardÍs meetings and last year successfully lobbied the district to make Jamerson Elementary in St. Petersburg a full-fledged magnet school. She previously worked for five years as a legal assistant in her fatherÍs law practice and is a competitive swim coach. She is a member of the PTA and the school advisory council at Jamerson. She says she logged more than 700 hours as a school volunteer in 2007-08.
BachelorÍs degree, College of Charleston. Attended graduate school at The Citadel, but did not receive a degree. Education Graduate of St. Petersburg High andFlorida Southern College of Business Administration.
Describes herself as a thoughtful leader who focuses on the classroom and doesnÍt "have to get up to speed on issues." Says board would have "a good mix of experience and fresh thinking" with two other new members and a new superintendent. Says CrockettÍs business experience is shallow and that her view of the district is based on her childrenÍs schools. Main pitch to voters Emphasizes her experience in her fatherÍs law practice and as a volunteer. Says she would give the board "a different perspective" as a non-educator. Says she differs from Clark in that she has three children in the school system (ClarkÍs youngest daughter graduated from Lakewood High last year). Also says Clark is focused more on the needs of teachers than students.
Generally supports a proposal to decentralize the system, saying many Ñ but not all Ñ decisions could be made at the school level. Says she would continue to push for a "ground-up" review of the budget and the hiring of a district auditor. Says middle schools need better reforms. Says the district can improve graduation rates by abandoning "one-size-fits-all model." The issues Has concerns about decentralization but sees it as a starting point for discussions on improving the districtÍs results. Has three broad objectives: Engage students with more "relevant and rigorous" instruction and improve their ties with school staffs; improve discipline with more follow-through and consistency; improve communication between the School Board and schools.
Home, belongings. Assets Home, belongings.
Loan, credit card. Liabilities Mortgage, home equity line.
$50,000 Net worth $91,500
School Board salary. Income Swim coach pay.
Lives in St. Petersburg with her husband, Steve Harbin. Youngest daughter attends University of Florida. Two sons and three stepchildren, all grown. Personal Lives in St. Petersburg with husband, Grant. Two children at Douglas L. Jamerson Elementary and one at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle.
www.clarkfortheclassroom.com Web site www.jennifercrockett.com
clarbins@aol.com E-mail crockettforschoolboard@yahoo.com
About the job: District 1 is an at-large seat elected countywide. Seven board members serve staggered four-year terms. They oversee a system with more than 140 schools, 100,000-plus students and a $1.5-billion budget. Under a state formula, members earned $40,592 in 2007-08.

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