District 3

  • Mr. Bobby L. James

    Mr. Bobby James Phone: (352) 427-3781



    Bobby L. James is currently serving his second, full four-year term as a member of the Marion County School Board. By gubernatorial appointment, he joined the Board in 2007, then successfully was elected to fulfill the remaining term of a former School Board member in 2008. In 2010, he ran unopposed. Voters re-elected him to the board in 2014.


    James started his Marion County career in 1971 at Forest High. A former football and basketball coach there, he left for four years then returned to Forest in 1978. Five years later, he was named assistant principal at Forest, then principal at Fessenden Elementary in 1988. Also a principal at the Phoenix Center, he moved on to be principal at Dunnellon High, a position he held for 12 years until his retirement in 2006.


    He and his wife, Veronica, have one adult son.


    James' current board term runs 2014 - 2018 


    • College Park Elementary
    • Community Education
    • Dr. N. H. Jones Elementary
    • Dunnellon Elementary
    • Dunnellon High
    • Dunnellon Middle
    • Hammett Bowen, Jr. Elementary
    • Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks
    • Howard Middle
    • Liberty Middle
    • Marion Oaks Elementary
    • Romeo Elementary
    • Saddlewood Elementary
    • Sunrise Elementary
    • West Port High