Shirley Brown elected chair of county School Board for one-year term

Caroline Zucker to serve as vice chair

Shirley Brown. Contributed photo
Shirley Brown. Contributed photo

During the annual reorganization meeting of the Sarasota County School Board, held Nov. 17, the members elected Shirley Brown chairwoman to succeed Frank Kovach, the district has announced.

Caroline Zucker was elected vice chair for the same term. Both will serve until the board’s next annual election, in November 2016, a news release notes.

Brown said her goal is to for the School Board members to work together even more as a team, the release says. “I’d also like to encourage additional involvement by community members in our public schools, which contribute so much to our quality of life in Sarasota County,” she added in the release.

Brown was elected to the School Board in November 2006. She served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1992 to 2000, representing District 69 as a Democrat, the release points out.

She is also a member of the boards of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Sarasota County and SPARCC — the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center — which serves Sarasota and DeSoto counties, the release continues.

Brown attends the Church of the Palms and is a member of many local civic organizations, the release adds.