2024 Elections

There will be four School Board seats representing Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7, up for election in 2024. Each school board term is four years, and board members are limited to two consecutive terms in office.

The majority of school board elections will be decided in the primary election taking place on Aug. 20 so we encourage you to make sure you are registered to vote and then vote in the Aug. 20 primary.

Candidates

Qualifying for the 2024 School Board Elections ended on June 14 with contested races in all four districts. Voters are encouraged to learn more about the candidates in their district and attend JPEF's upcoming candidate forums. The candidates are:

District 1

District 1 school board member Dr. Kelly Coker decided not to run for reelection, leaving two candidates vying for the seat.

Dr. Nadine Ebri

Dr. Ebri Nadine obtained a bachelor's degree in elementary education from UNF in 2013 and returned to achieve a master's in educational leadership in 2018. She received her Doctor of Education degree in 2023.

After finishing her undergraduate studies, she began teaching in Duval County, where she taught grade levels from kindergarten to eighth grade.

Dr. Ebri was named a finalist for the 2021 Duval County Teacher of the Year Award. That same year, she accepted a position with Duval County Public Schools as a district specialist to manage the Minecraft Lab.  She is currently employed by Microsoft as the Global Education Community Manager for Minecraft Education.

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Tony Ricardo

Mr. Ricardo has been a resident of District 1 since 1960 and is a former teacher at Andrew Jackson High School, as well as New Covenant Christian Academy.

He has been a member of First Coast Christian Center for 27 years and served as a board member, deacon, teacher, and choir member.  He has also funded and served on several mission trips to help Christians in other countries.

He is a former soccer, tennis, and baseball coach for the local athletic league and in the schools where he worked.

He is married, with three children and eight grandchildren, and is the owner/operator of Ricardo Designs.

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District 3

Incumbent board member Cindy Pearson faces one challenger in the election.

Rebecca ‘Becky’ Nathanson

Ms. Nathanson grew up in the Miramar neighborhood and settled in Lakewood. She was born and raised in School Board District 3 and attended Hendricks Avenue Elementary, Pine Forest Fifth and Sixth Grade Center, Landon Junior High, and graduated from Wolfson High School.

Her career has spanned a variety of HR specialties, from staffing and recruiting, workforce and professional development, employee relations, leadership development, and instructional design and curriculum development.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from William Peace University. She has served as senior coordinator for the Children’s Education Department at Southpoint Community Church.

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Cindy Pearson

Board member Pearson is a Jacksonville native who attended Duval County Public

Schools K-12. She and her husband Scott have three students in DCPS schools. For the past 8 years, she has been a parent volunteer at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Ms. Pearson holds a BA in English from Florida State University and an MS in Recreation Studies from the University of Florida. She has worked for a city government and for a faith-based not-for-profit organization.

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District 5

Board member Warren Jones is term limited and there are three candidates looking to take his place on the board.

Reginald ‘Reggie’ Blount

Mr. Blount is a lifelong resident of Jacksonville and former city council candidate, He attended Duval County Public Schools and earned his bachelor’s in business management, master’s degree in public policy, and a special graduate certificate in security, stability, and development in complex operations from the Naval Post-Graduate School. 

He is currently the assessment coordinator in partnership with the Florida

Department of Children and Families and has also worked for adult continuing education at Florida State College Jacksonville. He has served as a high school track and field coach, both stateside and abroad, and is the male mentorship program curriculum writer at Biscayne High School.

Reginald and Amy Blount have raised six children, three of whom served in the military, and have six grandchildren.

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Hank Rodgers

Mr. Rodgers completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Florida earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He then pursued further education at Troy University, where he obtained a master’s degree in public administration. He currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer for I’m A Star Foundation, Inc. 

He serves on several boards, including the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, the Sales Surtax Oversight Committee, Jacksonville Housing Authority, and the Jacksonville Branch NAACP. He is also a member of the First Baptist Church of Oakland and Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc.

He was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and attended local public schools. 

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Dr. Nahshon Nicks

Dr. Nicks is a father of school-age children in public school and has worked with disadvantaged youth throughout Jacksonville.

He is the former CEO of First Coast Leadership Foundation and is the founder of Team NITRO MMA. Over the past decade, his martial arts program has reached thousands of youth throughout the city.

Dr. Nicks earned his BA in Education from Edward Waters University, a double master's from Strayer University, and a doctoral degree in Christian Education from New York Theological Seminary.

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District 7

Board member Dr. Lori Hershey is also term limited and there are two candidates seeking to serve on the board for District 7. 

Sarah Ann Mannion

Sarah Mannion is a Jacksonville native and local attorney. As a wife and mom of three, she served on DCPS PTAs and School Advisory Councils. 

Ms. Mannion is a graduate of Duval County Public Schools. She attended Greenland Pines Elementary, Mandarin Middle School, Twin Lakes Middle School, and Wolfson High School.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Florida and her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. She is a past president of the Jacksonville Women Lawyer Association, and board member and past chair of the Women’s Center of Jacksonville.

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Melody Ann Buldoc

Ms. Buldoc attended Beauclerc Elementary School, and then her parents tookadvantage of school choice and sent her to St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Mandarin. She graduated high school with honors from Bishop Kenny and earned the Florida Merit Scholarship.

She graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Florida in 2000. She took her first teaching job at Wolfson High School and continued to work within the public school system until 2014. She is in the process of publishing her first children’s book and is completing the last requirements for her doctorate.

Ms. Buldoc is the founder of Keys Educational Resource Center, and a member and children’s minister at Freedom House. She is also a member of Moms for Liberty, American Heritage Girls Family, and Civil Air Patrol Family, and is an Academic Dean at Kingdom Leadership Institute.

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Important Dates for August 20 Primary:

Qualifying for Office: noon, June 10- noon, June 14

Voter Registration Deadline: July 22

Early Voting: August 5- August 18

Deadline to Request Vote-by-Mail Ballot: August 8 by 5 p.m.

Deadline to Return Vote-by-Mail Ballot: August 20 by 7 p.m.

Election Day: Tuesday, August 20, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. 

 

What does the Duval County School Board do?

Duval County has seven school board districts. The citizens living within each district elect an individual to represent them and to look out for all public school students in Duval County. School Board members are elected for a term of four years, and are limited to two terms. School board members are paid an annual salary of $47,072, as determined by state law. 

Board members are required to attend meetings, thoughtfully consider issues before them and set the policies for the school district. The board is policy-setting body; it is the role of the school superintendent to oversee the implementation of the policies and the day-to-day operations of the school district.

What are some of the areas that the school board addresses?

  • Curriculum. The school board approves curriculums for all schools. They are directly responsible for how our future accountants learn math, how our future surgeons start out in science, and how our future writers learn nuances of language.  
  • Developing and adopting policies. The school board sets policies that govern our schools, such as the district’s code of conduct. These policies outline the board’s duties in areas that range from approving collective bargaining agreements that govern teacher and staff contracts, the opening or closing of some schools and much more. The school board is also tasked with adopting policies to comply with education-related legislation like those that may come down the pipeline from the federal and state governments.
  • Setting the budget. Public schools are funded by tax dollars (both property, state sales tax and federal taxes). Although the state of Florida has a big say in how school districts spend their money, the school board determines how a lot of these education dollars are allocated within the school district. You can learn more about how the budget works in a 2012 Jacksonville Public Education Fund policy brief.
  • Overseeing facilities issues. It is the responsibility of the school board to approve or deny changes in school academic programs (like magnet programs) and  which schools should remain open or should be closed down.

These are only a few of the many important decisions Duval’s school board is tasked with. Because education-related issues affect everyone, it is imperative that everyone in a community is represented.

So how do you get involved?

Empower yourself and get educated. The Duval County School Board meets at least once per month and the meetings are open to the public. Don’t want to sit in? You can watch the meetings online through streamed webcast or on local cable. 

Know who your school board member is and how to contact him or her. You can find the district maps here and find bios and contact information for school board members here. 

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93%

of public schools in Duval County earned an "A," "B," or "C" in 2021-2022.