The school board oversees all public schools in Manatee County, which is comprised of five districts. Board members are elected countywide. Each term is four years.
Length of duty: Elected in 1998, re-elected in 2002 and 2006. Term ends in 2010.
District includes: Northern Manatee County, including parts of Palmetto, Parrish and Duette. Schools include Blackburn and Williams elementary schools, and Johnson and Buffalo Creek middle schools.
Length of duty: Elected in 1996, re-elected in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Term ends in 2012.
District includes: Bradenton to southern Manatee County. Schools include Abel and Rowlett elementary schools, Harllee Middle School and Manatee and Southeast high schools.
Jane Pfeilsticker, vice chair
Length of duty: Elected in 2006. Term ends in 2010.
District includes: Eastern Manatee County, including Myakka City. Schools include Kinnan and Witt elementary schools, Haile and Nolan middle schools and Lakewood Ranch and Braden River high schools.
Length of duty: Elected in 2006 after an incumbent stepped down in the middle of the term. Gause’s term ends in 2012.
District includes: Western Manatee County including Anna Maria Island, coastal Bradenton and western Palmetto. Schools include Palma Sola and Stewart elementary schools, King and Lee middle schools and Palmetto High School.
Walter Miller, chairman
Length of duty: Elected in 1998. Re-elected in 2002 and 2006. Term ends 2010.
District includes: West Bradenton to southern Manatee County. Schools include Moody and Seabreeze elementary schools, Sugg Middle School and Bayshore High School.
Source: School district