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By Al Everson
posted Nov 26, 2012 - 4:14:36pm
Beginning with the swearing-in of a newly elected member, the Volusia County School Board wasted no time Nov. 20 in reorganizing itself for the coming year.
Linda Costello, who defeated longtime School Board Member Judy Conte in the Nov. 6 election, took the oath of office administered by Circuit Judge Randall Rowe.
“I’m still pinching myself,” she said.
Costello beat Conte in the race to represent District 4, which encompasses Northeast Volusia, stretching to DeLand’s eastern edge. Conte had been the district’s representative since 1992, and was seeking her sixth term on the School Board.
What is Costello’s goal for the Volusia School District?
“To raise the level of academic achievement, first and foremost,” she said. I’d like to see Volusia County take St. Johns County’s place as No. 1 in achievement [as measured by the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test].”
At the organizational meeting, the School Board unanimously selected Diane Smith, who represents District 5 in Southwest Volusia, as chairwoman, and Candace Lankford, who represents District 1 in West Volusia, as the vice chairwoman. Lankford also agreed to serve as the School Board’s liaison to Volusia County’s legislative delegation.
One seat on the five-member School Board remains unfilled; a special election is set, with a primary in December and the general election in January, to fill the District 2 vacancy created by the sudden death in October of School Board Member Al Williams. District 2 includes the Daytona Beach area.
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