Friday, September 21, 2012
Incumbent Glenton "Glen" Gilzean faces challenger Rene Flowers.
Friday, September 21, 2012
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Rene Flowers will taken on Glen Gilzean in the November general election for a seat on the Pinellas County School Board.
Rene Flowers was this close to avoiding a November runoff for the District 7 seat for Pinellas County School Board, collecting 47.89 percent of the vote Tuesday. In the November general election, she'll face incumbent Glen Gilzean, who came in second in Tuesday's primary, with 15.74 percent of the vote. Gilzean is an appointee who has only served on the board since January. Had Flowers received more than 50 percent of the vote, there would have been no runoff. She said while "50 percent plus one" was her goal, she was not banking on the campaign ending Tuesday night. "I was something I was hoping for, but always planned for the next leg of the race," Flowers told Patch. "It’s hard to even get the percentage we got in a five-way race." …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The non-profit and the city plan to join forces in hopes of receiving a $500,000 grant that will boost the area’s options for at-risk students.
During Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Pinellas County School Board Member Glen Gilzean presented information about his non-profit organization that aims to increase achievement for at-risk youth. Educate Today is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and currently hosts after school programs in Bradenton, Jacksonville and Pensacola. Educate Today offers parental options as well as after school programs for students. “Our goal is to make sure that academic achievement improves in students,” said Gilzean. “We are the academic version to the Boys and Girls Club.” In 2011, Educate Today applied for three grants out of 18 slots. 220 agencies competed and Educate Today was awarded all three. Rather than just offering a place for children to go after …
Monday, June 18, 2012
On Saturday morning, the Pinellas County School Board's candidates talked about a number of issues, including the FCAT and the property tax referendum.
On Saturday, candidates from school districts one and seven engaged in a public forum at the James B. Sanderlin Family Center. District four's Robin L. Wikle and district five's Carol J. Cook are running uncontested and were not a part of the discussion panel on Saturday morning. Candidates discussed high-stakes testing, like the FCAT, along with the upcoming vote on the referendum to continue a property tax that increases school funding. Bye Bye FCAT? In light of the emergency rule that was created back in May to keep the failure rate unaltered, candidates were 8-1 in support of the resolution against high-stakes testing. All were in favor of the resolution except for district seven candidate, Glen Gilzean. Gilzean said that he thought …