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Wikle stepping down from school board

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After six years on the Pinellas County School Board, Robin Wikle announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election at the end of the year. That leaves two years left on her four-year term to be filled.

“I’m not really sure what I’m going to be doing yet, but I could never stop advocating for children,” a teary-eyed Wikle said when she informed the rest of the School Board of her decision at Tuesday’s workshop. “I’m really, really excited to see what’s in store for me.”

Wikle was elected to the School Board in Nov. 2008, and re-elected in 2012. Born in Tampa, Wikle moved to Pinellas County in 1977 and is a graduate of Tarpon Springs High School. The Tarpon Springs resident received her master’s degree in Special Education from Florida State University and taught Special Education in Pinellas County for five years, and then worked part time for Pinellas County Special Education while raising her three sons.

Wikle is involved with numerous community and school organization, has served as president of the Tarpon Springs for Youth Inc. for three years, is president of Ozona Elementary Parent Teacher Association and a member of the Middle and High School Advisory Committees. She is also a current board member of the Salvation Army, Rotary club member and a member of the Pinellas Education Foundation Doorways Committee. Wikle is a founding task force member of NOPE-Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education, which educates our community about prescription drug abuse; and, was recognized in 2012 by Live Free of Pinellas County with an “Excellence Award” for her advocacy with prescription drug awareness.

At the end of 2012, Wikle also received the Star School Board Member award in the large school district category from the state. Although she will be leaving the School Board, she will still hold a seat on the Governing Board of Directors for the Florida High School Athletics Association for the remainder of her three year term. Wikle and her husband Paul Wikle have owned a real estate company in the area for 17 years.

“She has been a vital member of this board and will be very missed, but I’m sure she’ll be around,” said School Board member Linda Lerner. “You can always change your mind.”

Wikle said she has no plans to run for a Pinellas County office. School Board elections are held in November.

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