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Florida Board of Education to meet one member short, one expired

Florida Board of Education member Michael Olenick with Gov. Rick Scott

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Florida Board of Education member Michael Olenick with Gov. Rick Scott



When the Florida Board of Education convenes on Wednesday in Tallahassee, its membership will remain one person shy of a full panel.

Gov. Rick Scott has yet to replace John Padget, the Monroe County businessman and one-time schools superintendent whose second term expired in December. Padget is not eligible for reappointment.

Orlando lawyer Michael Olenick's term also ended in December. Scott has not placed Olenick's name back before the Senate for consideration, or chosen anyone else for the slot.

But unlike Padget, Olenick will continue to attend board meetings and vote on agenda items, which this week include a turnaround plan for Jefferson County schools and a principal pilot project for Pinellas, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The reason he can stick around comes straight from the Florida Constitution. Article II, Section 5 states that public officers shall "continue in office until a successor qualifies." Statute further defines state officers to include "an appointed member of each board, commission, authority, or council having statewide jurisdiction, excluding a member of an advisory body."

When full, the Board of Education has seven members appointed by the governor. Scott has named all the current members.

[Last modified: Monday, March 20, 2017 5:21pm]


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