Attorneys from Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick will replace Art Hardy after more than 20 years as general counsel.
The Sarasota School Board selected new legal counsel to replace longtime attorney and general counsel Art Hardy after he retires.
With a 3-2 vote in a special meeting, the school board approved the legal team from Sarasota firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick. Hardy will retire after more than 20 years with the district.
Board members Karen Rose and Bridget Ziegler voted against the firm because of DeLeo’s relationship with former superintendent Todd Bowden.
During Bowden’s application process, when he was facing accusations of sexual harassment, the Shumaker firm represented him.
He also supported campaigns by board members Shirley Brown, Jane Goodwin and both Rose’s and Ziegler’s opponents. DeLeo said he would no longer back any campaigns to avoid conflicts of interest.
In the end, the firm received majority favor with board members citing the firm’s local knowledge and DeLeo’s help in promoting the district’s property tax referendum.
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