League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County Invites Public to Three FREE Virtual Events


Home Rule – August 18

Student Success – September 1

School District Update – September 15

(West Palm Beach, FL – August 9, 2021) The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (LWVPBC)today invited concerned adults to three timely, informative and FREE Zoom events in August and September:

Wednesday, August 18 at Noon

Hot Topic Discussion:


Guest Speaker:

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay

Topic: The concept of Home Rule and its importance in the governance of Palm Beach County and its local municipalities.

Bio: First elected to the Board of County Commissioners in 2014, Melissa McKinlay served as County Mayor 2017-2018, and was re-elected unopposed in 2018. She is immediate Past President of the Florida Association of Counties, Vice Chair of the National Association of  Counties’ (NACo) Agriculture & Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee, and a member of the NACo Board of Directors.

How to Connect:

To register for this Zoom Discussion, please visit:


Wednesday, September 1 at 6 pm

Conversations with the League:


Guest Speakers:

 + Keith Oswald, Chief of Equity and Wellness for the School District of Palm Beach County, working to ensure excellence and equity in education for all children.

+ Mary Claire Mucenic, Ph.D., Director of Behavioral and Mental Health for the Palm Beach County School District, and a nationally certified and licensed school psychologist whose professional focus is mental health and wellness, positive psychology and mindfulness.

Topic: The variety of mental health related resources offered in Palm Beach County schools. Also, an overview of efforts undertaken during September as part of National Suicide Prevention Month.

How to Connect:

To register for this Zoom Discussion, please visit:


Wednesday, September 15 at Noon

Hot Topic Discussion:


Guest Speaker:

Michael Burke, Interim Superintendent of Schools for the School District of Palm Beach County

Topic: The School District’s next five-year Strategic Plan, and how it used community input and lessons learned to inform where resources should be focused in the years ahead. Also, how revenue generated by the 2018 Referendum continues to be used in schools to benefit students, families, and the community.

Bio: Michael Burke, who was named Interim Superintendent last month, was formerly the School District’s Chief Financial Officer overseeing its $3.8 billion annual budget. As the longest-serving member of the Executive Leadership Team, he led the District’s financial and information technology divisions and worked closely with academic leadership. Burke is well regarded on the national level through his involvement with the Council of Great City Schools.

How to Connect:

To register for this Zoom Discussion, please visit:


About the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County:

The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County is a nonpartisan political organization of women and men of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging informed and active participation in government through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed. For more information, please visit www.lwvpbc.org or www.facebook.com/lwvpbc.