Legal Services

  • The School Board of Pinellas County and its Administration are served by two separate legal offices – the School Board Attorney’s office and the Staff Attorney’s office.

    The School Board Attorney is hired directly by and reports to the School Board. The School Board Attorney represents the School Board in all legal matters and is general counsel to the Administration, providing proactive legal advice to the School Board and Administration on all matters affecting the operations of the school system. The School Board Attorney advises the School Board at all School Board meetings, including quasi-judicial hearings in front of the School Board, such as employee and student discipline hearings. The School Board Attorney’s office consists of the School Board Attorney, an Assistant School Board Attorney, a Legal Assistant and a Legal Clerk.

    The Staff Attorney is recommended for hire by and reports to the Superintendent. The Staff Attorney provides proactive legal advice and counsel to the Superintendent, District-level and school-based administrators on matters involving employment and labor law. The Staff Attorney represents the Superintendent in all quasi-judicial hearings in front of the School Board. The Staff Attorney’s office consists of the Staff Attorney and a Legal Assistant.
    "The legal offices will be the benchmark for all school district legal departments by providing the best legal service and representation to the School Board, Superintendent and School District."
    Mission Statement
    "It is the mission of the legal offices to provide the highest quality legal services to the School Board, Superintendent and School District by ensuring timely and accurate legal advice and effective representation on all legal matters."
    Staff Members
    David Koperski – School Board Attorney
    Sara Waechter – Assistant School Board Attorney
    Laurie Dart – Staff Attorney
    Kerry Michelotti – Legal Assistant
    Barbara Anson – Legal Assistant
    Theresa Garbutt-Wilkes – Legal Clerk, Legally Speaking Publisher

    Questions or comments about this site should be sent to Theresa Garbutt-Wilkes .We thank you for your interest in Pinellas County Schools.