Communications and Community Relations

Welcome to Community Relations

School districts need strong community support to deliver quality education. That support hinges on community members being informed about and engaged in the activities of schools and students on a continuous basis.

The Communications and Community Relations Department helps facilitate community engagement by providing information about the Sarasota County School District, the School Board of Sarasota County and individual schools directly to the community, creating opportunities for community members to advise the district on its effectiveness.

The Communications Department staff works with community organizations, the business community and government agencies to strengthen communications and understanding of their respective contributions to the quality of life in the community. The department organizes periodic Telephone Town Hall Meetings in which School Board members, the superintendent and other senior district staff members respond to questions directly from parents and other constituents about district issues and concerns about their students.

The Communications and Community Relations Department also supports the superintendent’s community relations efforts through a variety of advisory committees including the following:

  • Community Advisory Council
  • Elementary Teacher of the Year Roundtable
  • Secondary Teacher of the Year Roundtable
  • Superintendent’s Student Council

General comments and inquiries from community members may be sent to the district via the Contact us  link. Specific questions about communications and community engagement or requests for speakers to address organizations or service club meetings may be sent to the Communications and Community Relations Department by phone at 941-927-4009. 

Communications and Community Relations
Gary Leatherman, Director
gary.leatherman@sarasotacountyschools.net

Debbie Tippen, Administrative Assistant
debbie.tippen@sarasotacountyschools.net

Media Relations
Scott Ferguson, Specialist
scott.ferguson@sarasotacountyschools.net

Online Communications
Mina Ajrab, Specialist
mina.ajrab@sarasotacountyschools.net

Phone: 941-927-4009 or
941-927-9000 ext. 74009
Fax: 941-927-4059
1960 Landings Boulevard
Sarasota, Florida 34231
Green 3rd Floor

Education Channel 20/33
Leanne McIntire, Manager
leanne.mcintire@sarasotacountyschools.net
Phone: 941-361-6355
Fax: 941-361-6358 
4748 Beneva Road
Sarasota, Florida 34233

Volunteer & Partnership Office
Danielle Schwied, Coordinator 
danielle.schwied@sarasotacountyschools.net

Alice Faria Stevens, Administrative Assistant 
VolunteersPartners@sarasotacountyschools.net 
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31500
Fax: 941-361-6539
Green 1st Floor

Staff Listing

Monday
1/23/2017 - Restorative Strategies Training for Middle School Counselors

Monday
1/23/2017 - IB Night - RHS

Tuesday
1/24/2017 - STEM Fair Judging Schedule (grades 3-5) at Robarts Arena

Tuesday
1/24/2017 - 2nd Annual Sarasota County STEM Fair Expo at Robarts Arena

Thursday
1/26/2017 - Sarasota Middle Showcase

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