BY BUDDY NEVINS
Facing the toughest re-election campaign of his life, longtime School Board member Bob Parks announced today he will not run for re-election.
Parks’ withdrawal leaves the field open for Nora Rupert, a Coconut Creek resident and Piper High School teacher.
Speculation is that parent activist Jeanne Jusevic, best known to me as an apologist for Parks and the old ways of doing business at the School Board, is gearing up to run. Parks may endorse her.
News that Parks was quitting was first posted earlier today by The New Times, which quoted sources. I posted something shortly afterward, also quoting sources.
Parks departure will shake up the status quo at the School Board. He was generally a vote for the School Board administration.
He was also firmly in the pocket of the lobbyist contingent at the School Board. Law enforcement authorities are investigating the ties between Board members like Parks and lobbyists.
Parks will presumably stay long enough to continue to push for another year on School Board Attorney Ed Marko’s contract. Marko is due to leave this year, but Parks had been seeking a one-year extention for the veteran lawyer.
Parks was first elected in 1986 after having worked as a teacher and a union official. It was an easy campaign, along with other campaign.
His upcoming re-election promised to be tough. The union and a majority of the city officials in Coconut Creek have already endorsed Rupert.
Here is the news release:
Wed, May 26, 2010 4:52:54 PM [ No Subject ]
—– Original Message —–
BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS NEWS RELEASE
DATE: May 26, 2010
CONTACT: Eddie T. Arnold, APR, Executive Director, Public Relations & Governmental Affairs, 754-321-2300
SUBJECT: STATEMENT ISSUED BY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DR. ROBERT D. PARKS
Dr. Robert D. Parks, School Board member, District 7, issued the following statement today, May 26, 2010:
After three months of thoughtful discussions and weighing the pros and cons of seeking a seventh term, I have decided not to run again at the end of my term in November.
Many elected officials and friends in my District urged me to run one more time, and I was honored by their support and encouragement. But after serious discussions with my wife Linda, we decided it was time for us to enjoy retirement .
I want to thank all those people who have supported and worked with me to make Broward schools and all those in District 7 the best in Broward County.
I want to personally thank Jim Notter, my friends on the School Board, the District and school administrators, teachers and especially Marcia Simmons, who made my time on the School Board a wonderful experience during my career in education.
School Board Member