Communications and Community Relations

Communication Services for Schools

The Communications Department works with schools to assist in communicating with students, parents, staff and the community. The support offered to schools by the department include the following services:

  • Crisis communications support
    • on-site presence
    • media management
    • intra-agency/intra-district communication
    • parent notification
  • Media liaison services
    • news release preparation
    • responding to reporter inquiries
    • “pitching” story ideas to local media     
  • Parent notification system assistance     
    • outreach calling support
    • teacher calling support
  • Communications planning
    • identification of target audiences
    • development of key communicators’ systems
  • Website/online communications support
    • support for school web content managers 
    • electronic newsletter templates, content
    • presentation development
  • Newsletter information
    • district news
    • general education news
  • Communications coaching
    • media response training
    • site communications methods
    • publications development
  • Family engagement support
    • home-school communications development
    • focus/engagement group facilitation
  • Event support
    • advertising
    • program development  
  • Video production (Education Channel) 
  • Volunteer program coordination (Volunteer and Partnership Office) 
  • Additional assistance for individual schools as requested

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

Tuesday
2/28/2017 - Brentwood Kindergarten Roundup

Wednesday
3/1/2017 - Garden Kindergarten Roundup

Thursday
3/2/2017 - Wilkinson Kindergarten Roundup

Friday
3/3/2017 - Booker Middle Musical

Saturday
3/4/2017 - FAFSA Form Completion Assistance - Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club

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