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Governor fills empty Miami-Dade school board seat

Lubby Navarro is the newest member of the Miami-Dade County School Board.

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday appointed Navarro to the seat vacated by Rep. Carlos Curbelo when he won a bid for congress in November.

Navarro, 40, is a familiar face: she’s currently executive director of intergovernmental affairs for the school district. She also serves on the Redland Community Council and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

District spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego said Navarro will have to take a leave of absence from her current position with the school system, or resign. According to the district, Navarro’s current salary is $85,000, compared with the school board’s $42,500.

Navarro did not immediately return a call for comment.

Navarro was born in Cuba and attended local public schools, according to her application for the position. She worked in the Florida Legislature and for Miami-Dade County, and called herself an “active” volunteer for the local Republican party.

Her term begins immediately and runs until Jan. 2017.

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