Courtesy photo Supervisor of Elections Joe Campbell (left) shakes hands with Jan Shoop, who filed to run for school board on Monday, as her husband John Shoop looks on.
published: Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Jan Shoop announces school board candidacy
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING -- Long-time education advocate Jan Shoop announced her decision to run for Highlands County School Board Monday.
Shoop, 51, and husband John, president of Highlands Independent Bank, have been Highlands County residents for 23 years.
Shoop has always been fully involved with the schools in the area raising two children, J.C. and Hannah, through the Highlands County school district.
"My kids went through the schools -- Woodlawn, Sebring Middle and Sebring High -- and I was always at a function. I became very involved with teachers and administrators," Shoop said.
Shoop decided to run for the soon-to-be vacant District 3 seat after hearing that Ned Hancock would not return to the position.
"Ned is not running. Once I heard that I called and told them I was interested. I waited about three or four weeks and called again to make sure he hadn't had a change of heart and he didn't, so I signed," Shoop explained.
Shoop had already begun regularly attending school board meetings.
"My time at our school includes over 15 years of service. I started out with the elementary school where I served on the Parent Teacher Association and spent many hours working with the teachers, administration and parents. During the middle school and high school years I continued to serve on the PTA and the District School Advisory Council (DSAC)," Shoop said.
Shoop also served as a mentor for the Take Stock in Children program at South Florida Community College for seven years.
Shoop knows that the community and the school district are in need and wants to bring her experience and continue her hard work at the school district of Highlands County. Shoop plans to "continue the strong commitment by the current Board in bringing integrity, accountability and dedication to the community for Highlands County."
"I feel that the school system is at a critical juncture both financially and fiscally," said Shoop.
Shoop has named John Davis as her campaign treasurer, and though Shoop and her appointed team haven't began the campaign work yet, Shoop knows it will be a long road.
"I am not a politician, but I am looking forward to it (campaign). They heavy duty campaigning won't start until next year but everyone is already very supportive. My husband supports me, the school employees and principals are supporting and backing me.
"It won't be anything out of the ordinary, it's not a lifestyle change. We are always out and involved in something," Shoop said.
As for her potential competitors, Shoop hasn't really given it too much thought.
"It's very early. I'm sure that someone will (run against her). I feel like that there will be someone later but I can't focus on them. I can only focus on me and what my plans are," said Shoop.
Shoop said she is committed to the campaign and serving the School Board of Highlands County as well as the students, parents, and faculty in the community.
"I cannot think of a more important commitment than education," she said.
Jan Shoop (by: Cool - 6/28/2012)
Since when does someone's financial status have anything to do with running for the school board? Thank God someone was blessed enough to have the chance to stay home and go to PTA meetings. Where would we be if NO parents had this opportunity? Don't be angry that someone had an opportunity that you didn't. l, for one, am grateful that there are people out there that have the resources available to them and actually care!
Jan Shoop (by: MR.WONDERFUL - 10/10/2011)
Personally, I think she's a nice person. I'm concered about her knowledge on how to handle things that the district handles everyday. For example: Students with disabilities(ESE) Exceptional Student Education. There's a lot right there. Legal matters, due process, etc.
You're Kidding (by: FLCracker29 - 10/9/2011)
As "Whatever" said, just another rich Lakeview Drive resident ready to embrace the teachers union. What the school board needs are business people who know how to manage and trim budgets, and get rid of unqualified teachers and administrative staff, and who aren't afraid of Unions. Jan Shoop is like having the fox in the henhouse, and that's why the schools in this country are in such sad shape. Get rid of the Teacher's Unions in this country, opt for more magnet schools (where children get a better education), and bring budgets more in-line with income. Teacher's Unions get salaries, health benefits, and pensions far in excess of what the average taxpayer in the private sector earns. In exchange, the unions contribute huge amounts of money to the elected officials who agreed to these outrageous and fiscally bankrupting perks. Vote NO on Jan Shoop.
Shoop for School Board (by: Nicole - 10/7/2011)
She would have my vote if I was in that district. Good Luck, Jan!
Whatever! (by: Sam - 10/5/2011)
All we are doing is replacing one rich lakeview drive parent with another. Of all the school board members there is not one who can even start to fathom what 75% of Highlands County parents deal with. They cannot begin to know what it is like to juggle your paycheck to paycheck budget, then for the first time ever try and explain to your child why they need to be one of the assited lunch program kids. Im glad this lady has had the extra time to attend all the PTA meetings and other during and after school programs, but I truly feel our school board is lacking in a represenative of the majority of the population, and that is a both working or single mother family. The problem is that these people dont have the money, friends or other behind the scene support( a bank president husband) to wage a run against. Its not that I think she would be a bad board member, but if you go down the list of the current members, do they truly represent highlands County demographics?
Jan Shoop (by: dixie - 10/5/2011)
Shes got my vote for sure!
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