Ceremony held on the morning of Nov. 22 at The Landings
Eric Robinson was sworn in by Sarasota County Judge Erika Quartermaine on Nov. 22 as the newest member of the School Board of Sarasota County, while longtime board member Caroline Zucker took her oath from retired Judge Lee Haworth.
The ceremony was held in the board chambers at The Landings in Sarasota.
Robinson was elected in August without opposition; he will hold the District 3 seat vacated by Frank Kovach. Zucker was re-elected to the District 2 seat in August. Their terms are for four years.
During the annual reorganization meeting of the School Board, held after the ceremony, the members elected Zucker as chairwoman and Bridget Ziegler as vice chairwoman.
Zucker said her goal is for School Board members to continue to work together well as a team, a news release notes. “We sometimes have different opinions and perspectives on the issues we face,” she said, “but we are all committed to doing what’s best for the students of Sarasota County.”
Robinson owns and works at the CPA firm of Robinson, Hanks, Young and Roberts in Venice. He has been appointed by various Florida governors to many boards, including the statewide organization Workforce Florida, on which he serves as finance chairman. He also is chair of the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport Authority, the release points out, and he serves on the Florida Board of Accountancy and the board of trustees of the State College of Florida. He previously was appointed by the School Board as a member of its Financial Advisory Committee, the release says.
During his senior year in college, Robinson — who already was in the U.S. Navy Reserve — was activated and served in the first Gulf War as a Seabee. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in business administration from Florida International University, the release notes.
He is married to former Sarasota County Commissioner Christine Robinson; they have three children: E.J., Johnny and Madison.
Zucker has more than 17 years of experience on the board, having first been elected in 1992. She served until 2000 and then was elected again to the board in 2006. Zucker also has been elected three times to represent Sarasota and Charlotte counties on the Florida School Board Association’s board of directors.
Employed part-time as the coordinator of volunteer services for the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast, she is married to Michael Zucker.
The next meeting of the School Board will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the School Board Chambers located at 1980 Landings Blvd. in Sarasota.