Burnette, Persis Take Oath of Office for Four-Year Terms on the School Board of Volusia County

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DELAND – Newly elected Volusia County School Board Member Anita Burnette and School Board Member Carl Persis, who was re-elected without opposition, took the oath of office Tuesday to begin four-year terms on the Volusia County School Board.

The oath of office was administered by Circuit Judge Sandra Upchurch during the School Board’s annual organizational session.

Also at the meeting, School Board District 3 Member Linda Cuthbert was elected Chair of the board, and School Board District 1 Member Jamie Haynes was elected Vice Chair. The chair and vice chair serve one year in the leadership positions.

Burnette represents District 2, which includes the greater Daytona Beach area, Daytona Beach Shores, Ponce Inlet, South Daytona, and a portion of Port Orange.

A graduate of Mainland High who grew up in Daytona Beach, Burnette has worked at Halifax Health for 29 years. She has served as coordinator of Interventional Radiology since 2003. She started her career at Halifax as a staff radiologic technologist before moving to Interventional Radiology.

Burnette attended Daytona State College/Halifax School of Radiologic Technology and earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences Radiology from the University of Central Florida. She earned a master’s degree in Health Sciences-Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Burnette and her husband, Don Burnette, have lived in Port Orange since 1996. They have two grown sons, both of whom graduated from Volusia County schools and are now attending college.

Anita Burnette swearing into office

Persis has served on the School Board since 2016. He represents District 4, which includes Holly Hill, Ormond Beach, Ormond-by-the-Sea, the northwest section of Daytona Beach, and the area surrounding DeLeon Springs.

A graduate of Seabreeze High and Daytona State College, Persis was a VCS principal for 27 years, an assistant principal for three years, and a teacher for five years. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Stetson University.

Persis is Chair of the Central Florida Public School Boards Coalition, which represents more than 1 million students and 14 school districts. He is also Chair of the Daytona Beach Racing, Recreation and Facilities District, which oversees the operation of two annual car shows and disperses the profits to nonprofit organizations.

Persis formerly served on the Volusia County Council and as Mayor and City Commissioner for the City of Ormond Beach.

He and his wife, Susan Persis, have two married children, three grandchildren, and two cats.

Carl Persis swearing into office

"The leadership team looks forward to working with our new board member and re-elected board member for the next four years," said Superintendent Dr. Carmen Balgobin.

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