CANDIDate Conversations: Pinellas County School Board

Posted On 07/28/2020 by Matt Lettelleir
On August 18th, Pinellas County Voters will elect School Board members for Districts 1, 4, and 7. School Board elections are non-partisan and therefore there will not be a general election for these offices in November but instead, the August 18th winner will elected.
Local School Boards decide school policies and procedures, including School Reopening Guidelines. They also select and oversee the School Superintendent.
In preparation for the August 18th election and our CANDIDate Conversation events, we have compiled a brief background on candidates’ professional and educational backgrounds. We encourage you to visit all of the candidates’ websites for further information and register for our CANDIDate Conversation events to dive deeper into the topics that matter most to you.
District 1, currently represented by the retiring Joanne Lentino, is an at large seat being sought by 3 Candidates.
Laura Hine is the Executive Director at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art. She served in the US Navy and has her MBA from USF St. Petersburg. You can visit her website at
Stephanie Meyer began teaching after a career at a Fortune 500 company. You can visit her website at
Tom Topping worked in education for 23 years and now is a corporate trainer. He also coached travel high school basketball for many years. You can visit his website at
District 4, currently represented by Eileen Long who is seeking reelection, is a single-member district located in North Pinellas. Chris Hardman is challenging Long for this seat but no information has been made available.
Eileen Long was elected to the School Board in 2016 after a 34 year teaching career. She received her degree in Special Education from USF. You can visit her website here:
District 7, currently represented by Rene Flowers, is a single-member district located in South Pinellas. Flowers is seeking a seat on the County Commission leaving this seat open for the 4 candidates seeking election.
Caprice Edmond is an elementary school teacher in St. Petersburg and she has her Bachelors and 2 Masters in Education from USF. You can visit her website here:
Corey Givens is community activist with a degree from USFSP. You can visit his website here:
Sharon Jackson has taught in Pinellas County Schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for over 30 years. She has also been a college professor. You can visit her website at
Karl Nurse is a small business owner and former St. Pete City Councilman. You can visit his website at
NOTE: Candidate information for this post was collected from press reports and/or candidates’ websites.
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