Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Nicole Carr, Peggy O’Shea face off for Pinellas County School Board District 3: What you need to know

WHO’S RUNNING
  • Incumbent Peggy O’Shea, 68, was elected to the Pinellas County School Board in 2006 and won re-election in 2010 and 2014. She serves on several boards, including the Council of Great City Schools and the Pinellas Education Foundation. She is a former chair of the Early Learning Council of Pinellas County and was a member of the Florida Early Learning Advisory Council.
  • Nicole Carr, 47, worked for Pinellas County schools for 13 years as an assistant principal at Lakewood Elementary, a senior coordinator of accountability, a research specialist and a school counselor. She was an assessment coordinator at St. Petersburg College, a research assistant at the University of Florida, and taught English on the Zuni Indian Reservation in New Mexico.
  • The District 3 seat is at-large and open to all voters. The nonpartisan position paid $44,163 last year and has a term of four years.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
  • Of the three Pinellas School Board races in the general election, District 3 is the only one with an incumbent. A vote for the veteran O’Shea could be seen as validation of the school district’s direction in recent years. A victory by Carr would put three new faces on the seven-member board, a significant change.
  • O’Shea is focused on closing the achievement gap between minority students and their peers, and boosting college and career readiness.
  • Carr has said her biggest priorities are recruiting and retaining quality teachers and eliminating wasteful district spending.
    WHAT YOU NEED TO READ

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For school board election coverage check out The Gradebook.

Click here to read the Tampa Bay Times voter guide, which will give you a breakdown of many of the 2018 races.

Follow @mareevs for the latest on Pinellas County School Board races.

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