SEBRING - The first candidate has filed to run for the District 5 School Board Seat, which was vacated when Gov. Rick Scott appointed Andy Tuck to the State Board of Education.
Clinton T. Culverhouse filed his intent to run for the seat that covers Cracker Trail Elementary and Hill-Gustat Middle School.
Culverhouse has been a firefighter with the City of Avon Park Fire Department for 11 years.
He said the school system has been a "passion" for him. Many of his family members have worked for the school system including his mother as data operator, his wife and aunt are teachers and his sister teaches in Polk County.
He has two children, age 6 and 10, who attend Cracker Trail Elementary School, Culverhouse said. He has been involved with the parent/teacher organization, school advisory council and the district school advisory council.
"I have a passion for it, the schools, the kids there," Culverhouse said. "I think the school board has been doing a great job and I want to carry on that tradition and be a part of that team.
"My main goals are to stay focused as a team between the teachers and the administrators and the school board and make sure everybody is on the same page and knows what is going on. Communication is a definite priority in my eyes."
Running for the school board was something he wanted to do, but the time wasn't right, Culverhouse said. This was a "prime" opportunity with Tuck having the privilege of being appointed to the state board.
Meanwhile, Scott has the authority to appoint someone to the School Board of Highlands County to serve the remainder of Tuck's term.
Also, three candidates have filed to run for the District 1 School Board Seat: incumbent Ronnie L. Jackson, Charlene Edwards and Al Joe Hinson.
Thus far, only incumbent William "Bill" Brantley's has filed for the District 4 Seat.
The qualifying week for candidates is June 16-20.