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Tuck announces he will serve on state education board

SEBRING - Former Highlands County School Board Chairman Andy Tuck attended his last school board meeting Tuesday after being asked to serve on the State Board of Education.

Gov. Rick Scott asked the 44-year-old Sebring resident Wednesday to round out the board.

"Andy has worked throughout his career to provide Florida students with the tools they need to succeed," Scott said in a statement announcing the appointment. "I am proud to appoint Andy to the State Board of Education, and look forward to him continuing to make Florida the best state in the country to get an education."

If confirmed by the Senate, Tuck would serve on the board through 2017.

About seven years ago, Tuck told the school board Tuesday, he made the decision to run because he believes there is nothing more important to a community and to the economy than the education system.

"We are dealing with the two most important assets that people have, and that's their children and their money," Tuck said. "I live in Highlands County because this is where I want my children to go to school and I wouldn't have it any other way."

When he ran for the school board, Tuck said Superintendent Wally Cox told him they would not agree on everything and that's part of their job. They are supposed to do what is best for the students.

"I don't think we have agreed on everything," Tuck said, while Cox added, "but, most things," they have agreed on.

There have been a lot of challenges in the past seven years and a lot of success, he noted.

"I am very thankful. This is the most rewarding thing that I have ever done as a parent and as a citizen of this community," Tuck added.

The News Service of Florida contributed to the story.