School Board of Manatee County

  • The School Board of Manatee County develops policy based on Florida and Federal laws governing schools, and appoints a Superintendent to manage the day-to-day operations of the School District.

    The School Board is comprised of five members elected by Manatee County voters. Each member serves a four-year term. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually by the School Board during an organizational meeting in November.

    The Superintendent, as provided by law, is the secretary and executive officer for the School Board. At the organizational meeting, the Superintendent acts as Chair until the organization of the School Board is complete.

Committee Assignments

Contact School Board

  • School Board members do not keep regular office hours, but they may be contacted in several ways:

    Administration Office (941) 708-8770 x41155

    Administration Office (941) 708-8653

    Email All School Board Members
    Individual email addresses are included with each member's profile.

    School Board
    School District of Manatee County
    215 Manatee Avenue West
    Bradenton, FL 34205

    Written Communication
    Florida has a very broad Public Records Law. Virtually all written communications to or from school district personnel are public records available to the public and media upon request. Email sent or received through the school district systems will be considered public and will only be withheld from disclosure if deemed confidential pursuant to State Law.

District 1 - Gina Messenger

  • Gina Messenger

    Elected: November, 2016
    Term Ends: November, 2024

    District 1 Map
    Freedom Elementary
    Haile Middle
    Harvey Elementary
    Mills Elementary
    Williams Elementary
    Witt Elementary
    Buffalo Creek Middle
    Parrish Community High


    Gina is a Manatee County native. She grew up in Northwest Bradenton and graduated from Manatee High School in 2005. Many members of Gina’s family, including her grandmother, father and mother, served as public service role models. An early experience volunteering at Jessie P. Miller as a high school student influenced Gina’s decision to become a teacher.

    Gina attended the University of Central Florida where she received many awards, including The President’s List. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2009 and went on to teach in Marion and Orange Counties. While teaching in Orange County, Gina was rated a “highly effective” teacher. Her experience teaching in rural and inner-city environments helped shape her focus on the importance of Title I (high poverty) and early childhood education.

    In 2012, Gina married her college sweetheart, Matt. In 2015, they bought a house in Parrish and welcomed a beautiful little girl, Olivia. In 2018, they welcomed a second beautiful little girl, Mia.

District 2 - Cindy Spray

  • Cindy Spray

    Elected: November, 2022
    Term Ends:  November, 2026

    District 2 Map
    Ballard Elementary
    Blackburn Elementary
    Lincoln Memorial Middle
    Manatee Elementary
    Oneco Elementary
    Palm View K-8
    Rogers Garden-Bullock Elementary
    Samoset Elementary
    Southeast High
    Tillman Elementary


    Biography coming soon.

District 3 - Mary Foreman

  • Mary Forman

    Mary Foreman

    Elected: November, 2020
    Term Ends: November, 2024

    District 3 Map
    Anna Maria Elementary
    King Middle
    Manatee High
    Miller Elementary
    Moody Elementary
    Palma Sola Elementary
    Palmetto Elementary
    Palmetto HighPrine Elementary
    Sea Breeze Elementary
    Stewart Elementary
    Sugg Middle


    Mary and her family have lived in Bradenton since 2001. Mary received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Florida Atlantic University and worked as a CPA until her retirement in 2019. She and her husband, Gary, have been married for 45 years. Their two children, John (graduated Manatee High School 2005) and Kate (graduated Bradenton Christian School 2001), have both gone on to earn advanced degrees.

    Mary has been a member of the Manatee County School District’s Audit Committee since its inception in 2013 and was its recent Chairperson. Accordingly, Mary has deep familiarity with the District’s budget and operations. She is uniquely positioned to make sure that money for education is used for the greatest benefit of the students.

    Mary has volunteered countless hours reviewing the work of the District’s auditors and making recommendations to the School Board based on the audit reports. She has worked to ensure accountability. In addition to active involvement in her children’s education, Mary was a member of the Manatee County High School SAC for 2001 through 2005 and served as its Treasurer for 3 years.

District 4 - Chad Choate III

  • Chad Choate III

    Appointed: August 6, 2021
    Elected: November, 2022
    Term Ends: November, 2026

    District 4 Map
    Abel Elementary
    Bayshore Elementary
    Bayshore High
    Daughtrey Elementary
    Kinnan Elementary
    Lee Middle


    Chad is a financial advisor on Downtown Bradenton's Riverwalk with Edward Jones. He is a lifelong Manatee County resident and graduated from Manatee High School in 2003. He then earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Florida in 2007. He began teaching and coaching in Manatee County at Braden River High School and then Manatee High School before joining Edward Jones in 2017.

    Chad's family has a rich history in Manatee County's School District. His grandfather was in the district 35+ years as a teacher, coach, Dean and Principal of Manatee High School. His grandmother taught as well, along with his aunt and wife. His wife Ashley is still a teacher for FLVS and both of their children attend Manatee County schools.

    He currently serves on City of Bradenton's Merit Board, Kiwanis of Bradenton's Membership Committee, Leadership Manatee Alumni Association Board, Manatee County Aging Network Board (MCAN), his church's (Trinity United Methodist) Trustees council, is a member of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and has previously served as a leader in Young Life, and volunteer coach with Manatee Wildcats.

District 5 - Richard Tatem

  • Richard Tatem

    Elected:  November, 2022
    Term Ends:  November, 2026

    District 5 Map
    Schools Represented:
    Bashaw Elementary
    Braden River Elementary
    Braden River High
    Braden River Middle
    Gullett Elementary
    Jain Middle
    Lakewood Ranch High
    McNeal Elementary
    Myakka City Elementary
    Nolan Middle
    Tara Elementary
    Willis Elementary


    Biography coming soon.