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Wikle won’t complete Pinellas School Board term

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LARGO — Pinellas County School Board member Robin Wikle announced Tuesday that she will resign from the board at the end of the year, halfway through her second four-year term.

“I’m not really sure what I’m going to be doing yet, but I could never stop advocating for children,” a teary-eyed Wikle said as she told board members of her decision at Tuesday’s workshop meeting. “I’m really, really excited to see what’s in store for me.”

Wikle, 50, was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. The next school board election is in November.

Born in Tampa, she moved to Pinellas in 1977 and is a graduate of Tarpon Springs High School. She received a master’s degree in special education from Florida State University. She taught special education in Pinellas schools for five years, and then taught part time while raising her three sons.

Wikle has served as president of Tarpon Springs for Youth Inc., is president of Ozona Elementary Parent Teacher Association, and is a member of the Middle and High School Advisory Committees.

She also is a board member of the Salvation Army, a Rotary Club member and a member of the Pinellas Education Foundation Doorways Committee. She is a founding task force member of NOPE, arcotics Overdose Prevention and Education, which educates teaches about prescription drug abuse, and was recognized in 2012 by Live Free of Pinellas County for her advocacy with prescription drug awareness.

Wikle also received the Star School Board Member award in the large school district category from the state in 2012, and is on the Governing Board of Directors for the Florida High School Athletics Association. Wikle and her husband, Paul Wikle, have owned a real estate company in the area for 17 years.

“She has been a vital member of this board and will be very missed, but I’m sure she’ll be around,” School Board member Linda Lerner said. “You can always change your mind.”

Wikle said she has no plans to run for a Pinellas County office.

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