Kirvin succeeds Butler as Gulf Coast trustee

Elizabeth Kirvin, left, and her husband, Stacy, shared a table at Sunday evening’s Chef Sampler, wit Photo available for purchase

Elizabeth Kirvin, left, and her husband, Stacy, shared a table at Sunday evening’s Chef Sampler, with Gulf Coast State College President Jim Kerley, center, and Denise Butler, right, and her husband, Cliff.

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:29 AM.

Governor Rick Scott last week appointed Apalachicola Bay Charter School Assistant Principal Elizabeth Kirvin to represent Franklin County on the Gulf Coast State College district board of trustees.

If confirmed by the Florida Senate, as is likely, Kirvin’s term would run two years, from last Friday until the end of May, 2016.

She succeeds retired educator and school board member Denise Butler, who completed two four-year terms, beginning in 2004. In 2011, she was elected to a two-year term as chair of the trustee board, and Scott chose not make an appointment in 2012, to allow her to complete her chairmanship of that board.

“This governor doesn’t like you to go beyond your two terms,” Butler said. “I got a lot of support from the Republican Party and Rep. (Jimmy) Patronis to allow me to complete my term.”

Butler said she and Gulf County’s Ralph Roberson, who succeeded Butler as chair of the Gulf Coast board, encouraged Kirvin to apply because of her educational background.

A graduate of Apalachicola High School, who Butler taught civics to in the ninth grade, Kirvin, 42, earned an associate’s degree in 1991 from Gulf Coast Community College, the original name for the school. She went on earn a bachelor of science degree magna cum laude in audiology and speech pathology from Florida State University in 1993, and a master’s in the subject a year later.

Kirvin, a licensed speech language pathologist, was a founding board member of the Bay Community School, beginning in 1999, as well as the Apalachicola Bay Charter School, from 2000 to 2007. She’s served on the board of the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida from 1999 to 2010.

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