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Will Andy Tuck join the state Board of Education?

Is Highlands County citrus grower Andy Tuck the next member of the state Board of Education?

There's been no formal announcement from Gov. Rick Scott.

But at a Tuesday meeting in Miami, state Board of Education Chairman Gary Chartrand said Tuck would be joining the board in February.

"It’s only appropriate that on the Florida Board of Education we have a citrus grower," Chartrand said.

Tuck has served on the Highlands County School Board and the Highlands County 4H Foundation.

He would likely replace former member Sally Bradshaw, who resigned in October. 

Scott must also find a replacement for former state Board of Education member Barbara Feingold. Feingold asked not to be reappointed when her term ended in December so she could attend to personal matters.

On Tuesday, board members honored Feingold's three years of service.

"I hope that my time was well spent and I made a positive difference for the children of Florida," she said.

The board also welcomed its newest member: the former executive director of Teach for America in Miami-Dade, Rebecca Fishman Lipsey.

"I’m looking forward to learning from you all and at times debating with you all, to the benefit of our kids," she said.

Fishman Lipsey replaced former member Kathleen Shanahan.

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"It’s only appropriate that on the Florida Board of Education we have a citrus grower," Chartrand said.

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