Seminole real estate agent joins race for School Board

Published July 11, 2006

A Seminole real estate agent has joined 15 other candidates running for four seats on the Pinellas County School Board.
Carl Neumann, 60, is one of three contenders in District 6: Seminole, Pinellas Park, northern St. Petersburg and the beaches from Redington Shores to St. Pete Beach.

“I want to see education improve,” Neumann said. “It’s crucial to the community.”

Neumann was an insurance agent for 20 years before becoming a real estate agent. He earned an associate’s degree in hotel and food service from Penn State University. He taught continuing education at St. Petersburg College and served on the board of directors for Heritage private schools, a homeschool group.

The 30-year Pinellas County resident said he would like to see more accountability for taxpayers’ dollars and increased emphasis on making education interesting for children.

He said he would use his business experience to bring consensus to the board.

Neumann will face veteran board member Linda Lerner, who is running for a fifth term, and newcomer Jack Killingsworth in the Sept. 5 primary.
School Board candidates have until July 21 to qualify.