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Info sessions, public hearing held on school growth and funding

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NOTE: This is an updated version of a news release originally sent to media outlets and posted to this website Aug. 13, 2015.

SARASOTA COUNTY, Aug. 31, 2015 — The Sarasota County School District will present two Information Sessions on Growth Management and Funding. The sessions, conducted by the district’s Planning Department, will include a presentation about the district’s growth management study and a Q&A segment.

The first public information session will be held from 2:30-4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Suncoast Technical College Conference Center, 4748 Beneva Road, Sarasota.

The second information session is set for 6-7:30 p.m. that evening at the Taylor Ranch Elementary School cafeteria, 2500 Taylor Ranch Trail, Venice. The locations were selected for the convenience of north and south county residents.

The information sessions are part of a series of meetings to inform the public and the Sarasota County School Board about planning and funding new public schools that will be needed in response to future population growth. The meetings will explore growth projections and options for funding new growth-related school facilities, in order to provide input for the School Board to consider.

Sarasota County Schools Planning Director Kathie Ebaugh said the growth management study, public information sessions and subsequent School Board decisions are designed to address the questions of where future residential growth is projected to occur, which areas are likely to see additional public school students, how well the district is positioned to serve an influx of students in those areas, and how the district will fund the construction of new schools that may be needed.

A Public Hearing on Growth Management and Funding is scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, in the School Board Chambers, Ebaugh will present research and citizen input about the proposed growth management plan to the School Board and possible options for funding growth, including possible reinstatement of school impact fees. Based on a School Board recommendation to the Sarasota County Commission, a moratorium on school impact fees has been in effect since December 2010, during a prolonged slowdown in residential development and construction.

The regular School Board meeting at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, may include an agenda item related to school impact fees. School Board agendas are posted in advance on the School Board calendar page of this website.

“We are looking at short, medium and long-term growth projections,” said Ebaugh. “We want to be prepared for five to 12 years from now, as well as looking 25 years ahead to 2040. This community has always supported high-quality public education and facilities, and all of us have a responsibility to plan for the future so we can maintain that excellence for years to come. We look forward to presenting our findings and the input from the public workshops to the School Board.”

 

Reading Recovery grant will help struggling elementary school readers

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SARASOTA COUNTY, Aug. 26, 2015 — The Sarasota County School District has received funding from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, philanthropists Keith and Linda Monda, and Gulf Coast Community Foundation for a program designed to help struggling readers at three elementary schools: Atwater and Cranberry in North Port, and Tuttle in Sarasota.

The district is launching the program, known as Reading Recovery, this school year. It is a school-based, short-term intervention designed for students in first grade who have great difficulty reading and writing. The intervention involves intensive one-to-one lessons with a trained literacy teacher 30 minutes a day for 12 to 20 weeks. Reading Recovery lessons are customized for each child and are designed to complement classroom teaching, helping students engage in regular academic work with their classmates. When a student in the program is reading and writing at the level of their peers, the series of lessons is discontinued.

Sarasota County Schools Executive Director of Elementary Schools Laura Kingsley said, “We are grateful to the Barancik Foundation, the Mondas, and Gulf Coast Community Foundation for recognizing how important it is for every child to get a great start with reading as the foundation for everything they will learn in school and in life. Their generosity will help ensure that these students catch up with their peers at this critical early point in their academic lives.”

The Reading Recovery program is fully funded at the participating schools for 2015-16, with some aspects of the program funded for three years. The Barancik Foundation has contributed $100,000 for the first year of the program. Keith and Linda Monda, who helped support the national implementation of the program, also have contributed $100,000 for the first year of its implementation in Sarasota County through their charitable fund at Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Gulf Coast also serves as the fiscal agent and additional funding partner for this project.

“The Baranciks are committed to promoting meaningful change in education in our community,” said Barancik Foundation President and CEO Teri A Hansen. “Partnering to bring this proven program to our first-graders who need it most will help set them up for a lifetime of academic and social achievement. Helping them early is the key.”  

About Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery helps struggling beginning readers and writers in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The intervention requires ongoing data collection for each and every child who has lessons. In the U.S., evaluation is conducted by the International Data Evaluation Center located at The Ohio State University. Results are consistent across 25 years and include more than 2 million Reading Recovery students. Achievement gaps are greatly reduced or closed across varying racial and ethnic groups, socioeconomic groups, and for English language learners. More than 100 research studies have documented Reading Recovery’s benefits for students and schools. More information is at www.readingrecovery.org.

About the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation

The Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation was founded in 2014 to promote meaningful change in the areas of humanities and the arts, education and science, humanitarian causes, the environment and medical research. Although it funds national and international efforts, the Barancik Foundation has a special focus on the Sarasota community. The Barancik Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding. For further information, please contact Teri A Hansen at THansen@BarancikFoundation.org.
   

About Keith and Linda Monda  

Keith Monda spent his distinguished career in many senior financial positions at Pfizer, J. Crew, Timberland Company, and, prior to retirement, as the president and chief operating officer of Coach. With a full-time focus on giving back, Keith now serves on The Ohio State University Foundation board, the national Feeding America board, the All Faiths Food Bank board, and as chairman of the New College of Florida board of trustees. Linda graduated from Iona College with a degree in accounting. In addition to coordinating much of the couple’s philanthropic efforts, she volunteers her time with Children First and provides oversight to the scholarship program at Forty Carrots Family Center.

About Gulf Coast Community Foundation
 

Together with its donors, Gulf Coast Community Foundation transforms our region through bold and proactive philanthropy. Gulf Coast is a public charity that was created in 1995 through the sale of the Venice Hospital. Since then, it has become the philanthropic home of more than 600 families who have established charitable funds there, and has invested more than $203 million in grants in the areas of health and human services, civic and economic development, education, arts and culture and the environment. Learn more at GulfCoastCF.org.

   

Sarasota County Schools names sites for After-School Nutrition Program

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SARASOTA COUNTY, Aug. 21, 2015 - The Sarasota County School District has announced the 2015-16 sites for the After-School Nutrition Program, a component of the Child Care Food Program. The program is designed to provide nutritious snacks and suppers to children in after-school programs. Snacks and suppers are available at no separate charge to the children at the sites listed below:

Alta Vista Elementary, 1050 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota

Atwater Elementary, 4701 Huntsville Ave., North Port

Cranberry Elementary, 2775 Shalimar Terrace, North Port

Emma E. Booker Elementary, 2350 Dr. Martin Luther King Way, Sarasota

Englewood Elementary, 150 N. McCall Road, Englewood

Fruitville Elementary, 601 Honore Ave., Sarasota

Glenallen Elementary, 7050 Glenallen Blvd., North Port

Gocio Elementary, 3450 Gocio Road, Sarasota

Lamarque Elementary, 3415 Lamarque Ave., North Port

Toledo Blade Elementary, 1201 Geranium Ave, North Port, FL

Tuttle Elementary, 2863 8th St., Sarasota 34237

Wilkinson Elementary, 3400 Wilkinson Road, Sarasota 34231

Booker Middle School,  2250 Myrtle St., Sarasota

Booker High School, 3201 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota

North Port High School, 6400 W. Price Blvd., North Port  

In accordance with the Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free 866-632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339; or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

District announces meal prices, free and reduced-price eligibility

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SARASOTA COUNTY, Aug. 21, 2015 – The following information details 2015-16 prices for regular and reduced-price meals in the Sarasota County Schools, as well as family income eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. The chart below lists the prices: 

Meal prices chart 2015-16

In addition, eight Sarasota County Schools will be participating in the Universal Free Breakfast Program. These schools were chosen based on their high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price meals. The following schools will be participating:  

  • Alta Vista Elementary
  • Emma E. Booker Elementary
  • Gocio Elementary
  • Tuttle Elementary
  • Booker Middle
  • Glenallen Elementary
  • Suncoast Schools for Innovative Studies
  • YMCA Triad  

The attached pages contain facts which many families in Sarasota County will find helpful, since about one-half of the district’s student population receives free or reduced-priced meals.    

Income Eligibility guidelines

The Sarasota County School District has announced its 2015-16 policy for free and reduced-price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The district’s administrative office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by an interested party. The following household size and income criteria will be used for determining eligibility (effective July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016).

The following income scale is used by the Sarasota County School District to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price meals:

Free and Reduced income chart 2015-16

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES ABOUT FREE/REDUCED-PRICE MEALS
 
Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced- price meals. To apply for free and reduced price meals, households should fill out the family application and return it to Food & Nutrition Services, or they may visit the Sarasota County Schools website http://SarasotaCountySchools.net/departments/fns. The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by the Department of Food & Nutrition Services or other program officials.
 

If you have received a letter from the Sarasota County School Board Food and Nutrition Services Office  (after July 1, 2015) stating that your child has been automatically approved for free lunch and free breakfast based on his/her eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) , TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or Medicaid,  please do not fill out an application.  If you have other students in your household that you did not receive a letter for, please call the FNS office at 941-486-2199.

  For school officials to determine eligibility, all other households must provide the following information listed on the application:

            (1) List ALL students in your household who are enrolled in Sarasota County Schools

            (2) If you now receive SNAP/TANF for your child, that child is eligible for free meals. Enter the 10-digit case number in the space provided for each child. No other income information is required.

            (3) Names of all household members, also include deployed service members

            (4) Gross income received, in dollars and cents, by all household members and source and frequency of that income, include portion of deployed service members income that is available to household, DO NOT include Military Housing Privatization Initiative

            (5) Last four digits of the social security number of the adult signing the application or mark “X” in box provided for this household member if he/she does not have a Social Security number; and

            (6) The signature of an adult household member certifying that the information provided is correct.

If you are currently eligible for WIC, your child (children) may be eligible for free or reduced prices.  

Verification: Your eligibility may be checked at any time during the school year. School officials may ask you to send records showing that your child should receive free or reduced-price meals. The information provided by the household is confidential and will be used only for purposes of determining eligibility and verifying data.

Foster children may eligible for Free and Reduced Priced Meal benefits regardless of the income of the households in which they reside. For Homeless or Runaway Children please complete a free and reduced application (section 2) and contact Ellen McLaughlin at 941-923-6100 or Jamie Rodriguez at 941- 917-9000 for migrants.

An application cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information. Benefits apply for the entire school year unless otherwise indicated.

Applications may be submitted anytime or you may reapply at any time during the school year if your circumstances change.

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, the Department of Food and Nutrition Services will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official, he/she may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official at 941-486-2199 or toll-free at (866) 645-2688 on an informal basis.  If the parent wishes to make a formal appeal, he/she may make a request in writing to: Carol Lichon, Director of Materials Management, School Board of Sarasota County, 1960 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida 34231, for a hearing to appeal the decision. The policy contains an outline of the hearing procedure.          

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the Department of Food & Nutrition Services should be contacted. Such changes may make children of the household eligible for free or reduced priced meals.  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)  

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call 866-632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax 202-690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.  

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339; or 800-845-6136 (in Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Students’ 2015 ACT scores rise, top state and national results

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SARASOTA COUNTY, Aug. 26, 2015 — Students who graduated in 2015 from Sarasota County’s public high schools outperformed their peers in the U.S. and in other Florida districts, on average, on ACT college admission test results released this week for school year 2014-15. Average district scores also outpaced last year’s results.

The ACT and the SAT are the two most widely administered college entrance exams in the nation. ACT results were announced this week; SAT results are usually released later in the year. The ACT 2014-15 data includes results for 2015 graduates who may have taken the test at any point in high school.

Nationally, 1.9 million students in the class of 2015 took the ACT during high school. Across Florida, the number was about 131,000; in the Sarasota County School District almost 1,700 students who graduated in 2015 took the ACT. 

Components of the ACT test are English (writing), math, reading and science. Students received scores for all the areas tested as well as an overall composite score. Sarasota County students averaged higher scores in all areas and in the composite score than their counterparts throughout Florida and the U.S. District students also outperformed state and national students in the college readiness benchmarks that are measured as part of the ACT test results. Local scores averaged higher than last year’s local results in all components and in the composite score.

ACT scores 2014-2015

Details of the ACT results include the following: 

  • Sarasota County average ACT English (writing) scores are 1.6 and 0.1 points higher, respectively, than state and national averages.  
  • Sarasota County average ACT math scores are 1.8 and 0.6 points higher, respectively, than state and national averages.  
  • Sarasota County average ACT reading scores are 1.4 and 1 points higher, respectively, than state and national averages.  
  • Sarasota County average ACT science scores are 1.8 and 0.4 points higher, respectively, than state and national averages.
  • Sarasota County average ACT composite scores are 1.6 and 0.5 points higher, respectively, than state and national averages.


Sarasota County Schools starts 2015-16 year with new logo

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2015 logo

SARASOTA COUNTY, Aug. 20, 2015 – The Sarasota County School District is introducing a new logo just in time for the start of the 2015-16 school year on Monday, Aug. 24. The logo depicts a stylized book, sun, palm tree and ocean waves, reflecting the district’s educational mission as well as its environmental setting on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Above the palm tree a bird soars in the sky, symbolizing that learning helps each student reach his or her full potential.

The new logo was presented to the School Board at a work session Aug. 18. School Board member Jane Goodwin said, “I love it. This is something we’ve needed for a long time; it’s a great image for the district and the community.”

The logo was developed in-house by the Communications and Community Relations Department. Online Communications Specialist Mina Ajrab, a 2002 graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design who has worked for the district since 2007, led the development and design team. There was no budget impact; the work was done in the course of staff members’ regular duties.

The former logo was adapted from a version of the 1921 Sarasota County School Board seal combined with the words “Sarasota County Schools,” but School Board members and staff wanted to distinguish the identity of the elected body that sets policy from the identity of the district itself.

“We felt the time was right to refresh the district logo to reflect the fact that we are a progressive, contemporary school system located in a beautiful place,” said Ajrab. “We also believed it was important to get input from the public and district employees, so we conducted an online survey asking community members to choose their favorite logos from among nine options.”

The survey was announced to the public in June on the district’s Facebook page and a link was emailed to employees. More than 2,000 people responded with their top choices; the winning concept was selected by more than 60 percent of respondents.

The new logo is being rolled out gradually; its first appearances will be online and in electronic documents. As the district’s current printed material is depleted, the logo will be added to new materials but no existing printed material will be discarded.             

Motorists reminded to drive safely, all school zones now 15 MPH

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BACK-TO-SCHOOLSAFETY: School starts Monday, Aug. 24 in Sarasota County. Read safety tips and access a reminder video via this news release.

The first news release below is from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Offce; additional information follows from the City of Sarasota Police Department and Sarasota County Schools Transportation Department:

SARASOTA COUNTY, Aug. 18, 2015 - As Sarasota County students head back to school Monday, Aug. 24, motorists are urged to use extra caution and obey speed limits, particularly in school zones, because in some places there are new, slower posted speeds.

Sarasota County lowered school zone speed limits near Riverview High School, Venice Middle School and Laurel Nokomis School to 15 miles per hour to be consistent with all other school zones in the county.

Deputies will initially focus on education, while enforcing all traffic laws near schools where citations carry greater fines than regular speeding infractions. Current fines in school zones are: 

  • 1-9 miles over the posted limit - $156
  • 10-14 miles over the posted limit - $306
  • 15-19 miles over the posted limit - $406
  • 20-29 miles over the posted limit - $456
  • 30+ miles over the posted limit - Mandatory Court Appearance
  • Failure to stop for a school bus - $271 

Passing a school bus on the exit side also results in a mandatory court appearance.

"The greater risk is not to your wallet but to the life and safety of a child," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "Slow down and pay even closer attention when driving before and after school."

Sheriff Knight also urges drivers and children to follow these Top 5 Safety Tips:

  1. Adults who drive children to school should leave early to avoid the rush and learn new drop-off and pick-up traffic patterns.
  2. All motorists should watch for children in school zones and on nearby streets.
  3. Vehicles must stop for all school buses when the stop sign is out and lights are flashing. This is true even if the bus is on the opposite side of the street unless a median more than four feet wide divides the road.
  4. Teach children to catch the eye of drivers before walking in front of a school bus.
  5. Always drive slowly in school zones and pay close attention to crossing guards.

NEWS RELEASE FROM CITY OF SARASOTA POLICE DEPARTMENT: 

SARASOTA, Aug. 21, 2015 – On Monday, August 24, 2015, classes will resume in the City of Sarasota. As students head back to school, the Sarasota Police Department wants to reminder drivers there is a zero tolerance policy beginning Monday for speeding in school zones and passing school buses that have stop signs extended for students boarding or leaving the bus.

On Monday, Sarasota Police Officers will be at all City of Sarasota schools, welcoming students back to class. The Sarasota Police Department will also host a special #BackToSchool ‘Tweet from the Beat,’ under the Twitter handle @SarasotaPD. On Twitter, followers can find photos and videos of Officers visiting schools around the city. The Sarasota Police Department has also created a back-to-school video with important safety tips for parents and students. The video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/vxBZfdDdmBc

A few safety tips to remember as classes resume in the City of Sarasota:

• Students back in class means increased traffic on the roads. Please allow extra time to reach your destination and watch for other cars, pedestrians, bicyclists and school buses.

• Buckle up! Make sure all occupants of the car, especially children, are always buckled up. In Florida, all passengers under 18 years old must wear a seatbelt or be restrained in a child car seat.

• Pay attention to crossing guards and always drive slowly in school zones and near schools – Many students walk to and from class and to and from home.

• Cars must stop for all school buses when a stop sign is out and the lights are flashing, even if the bus is on the opposite side of the street unless there is a raised median more than four feet wide that divides the street.

Fines for speeding in school zones and passing school buses can range anywhere from $156 to $456. Officers are encouraging drivers to slow down and allow plenty of time getting to and from their destination.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM SARASOTA COUNTY SCHOOLS TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

Safety reminders for motorists:

1. Stop for school buses(click here to watch a 30-second video produced by Suncoast Polytechnical High School students, posted to YouTube by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

A school bus will display flashing amber lights about 200 feet before it reaches a bus stop. When stopped, it will display flashing red lights and have a stop-sign arm extended on the driver’s side.  

Florida law requires that motorists following a school bus or approaching from the opposite direction must stop a safe distance from the bus when its flashing red lights and stop sign are activated. Traffic must stop in both directions on all two-way streets and roads, including those with turning lanes.   

Vehicles traveling in the opposite direction of a stopped school bus may proceed at a safe speed only if the street or road is divided by one of the following: 

  • A physical barrier
  • A raised median
  • An unpaved space of at least five feet  

2. Slow down and watch carefully when approaching a bus stop. Children may not be paying attention to traffic.   

3. Look on both sides of the road when children are at bus stops. Students may be crossing to get to the bus stop.    

4. Watch for children on bicycles on their way to school or a bus stop.      

5. Follow the direction of crossing guards so students can cross safely.    

6. Slow down to posted speeds in school zones during opening and closing times.   

7. Leave home earlier during the first week of school to allow for increased traffic.    

8. Click here for additional safety tips and diagrams about do's and dont's when driving around school buses.

Safety Reminders for School Bus Riders:  

  1. Be alert to traffic. Check both ways for cars before stepping off the bus.
  2. Make eye contact with the bus driver. Wait for the bus driver’s signal before  crossing the street.
  3. Walk in front of the bus; never talk behind the bus to cross the street.
  4. While waiting for the bus, stay in a safe place away from the street.
  5. Never go under the bus to retrieve something you've dropped.

     

     

    District employee and community volunteer named one of ‘7 Who Care’

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    Sherri Reynolds at podium 7 Who Care July 2015Stephanie Roberts and Sherri Reynolds 7 Who Care July 2015Greg and Sherri Reynolds 7 Who Care July 2015

    "7 WHO CARE" HONOREE: Sarasota County Schools Pupil Support Services Supervisor Sherri Reynolds was named one of "7 Who Care" by ABC 7 for her contributions to the community. From top, Reynolds accepts the award at a luncheon July 30; Good Morning Suncoast anchor Stephanie Roberts shares a moment with Reynolds; husband Greg Reynolds congratulates Sherri. Top two photos courtesy ABC 7; bottom photo by Wendy Dewhurst courtesy Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

    SARASOTA, Aug. 12, 2015 – Suncoast television station ABC 7 announced this year’s 7 Who Care honorees at a luncheon July 30 at Michael’s On East. Among those recognized were Sherri Reynolds, supervisor of Sarasota County Schools Pupil Support Services and a 22-year veteran of the school district. The video profile of Reynolds shown at the luncheon was featured on an ABC 7 newscast and posted to the station’s website (click here). 

    In addition to her work showcased in the 7 Who Care profile — supervising school nurses and helping secure a five-year federal grant to address violence prevention in the Newtown community — Reynolds has made many other contributions to the school district, Sarasota County and beyond.

    She has coordinated the school district’s fundraising campaign for United Way of the Suncoast since 2002; the district is the largest non-profit contributor in Sarasota County to the annual campaign. She recently received an award from the organization naming her the longest tenured coordinator.

    In 2007 Reynolds secured a grant from the Florida Department of Health to start an employee wellness program for the school district, the largest employer in Sarasota County. The program continues today with support and funding from Florida Blue.

    Reynolds is a charter member and chairwoman of the board of the Sarasota Coalition on Substance Abuse, a non-profit organization launched in 2000 as a school district committee after several tragic teen DUI fatalities. She also has served on the board of the Suncoast Communities Blood Bank, the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness, the Sarasota County Human Services Advisory Council, the Sarasota County Historical Commission and the Sarasota Community Alliance.

    She has been president and state conference chairwoman of the Florida School Health Association, has served as the legislative chairwoman of the Florida Association of Professional Health Educators, and is currently the executive director of the Florida Foundation for School Health. She has served on the board of the American School Health Association as director of its Health Education Section and chairwoman of its legislative committee.

    Reynolds has received several other local, state and national awards, including National Health Educator of the Year (first recipient of annual award from the American School Health Association), the American School Health Association Distinguished Service Award, the Florida School Health Association Honorary Life Award and that organization’s President’s Award. In 2005 the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation awarded Reynolds $10,000 to be donated to the charity of her choice as part of its 50th anniversary celebration; she selected the Sarasota Coalition on Substance Abuse as the recipient.

    Numerous journal articles on health education topics and co-written two textbooks: “Step by Step to Peer Health Education Programs: A Planning Guide” (with Malcolm Goldsmith) and “Health Education Teacher Resource Handbook” (edited by Beverly Saxton Mahoney & Larry K. Olsen).  

    Sherri’s husband, Greg Reynolds, nominated her for the 7 Who Care award. In the nomination he wrote, “I believe a major focus of Sherri’s career has been on the value of prevention programs. Healthier lifestyles, community education and youth health education are priorities for her.

    “As her husband and supporter of her efforts for over 30 years, I am, of course, biased. But anyone who has worked with Sherri will attest to her leadership abilities, positive attitude, high energy and sense of humor. She is always looking for new opportunities to enhance our community.”

     

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    Gary Leatherman, Director
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    Scott Ferguson, Specialist
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    Mina Ajrab, Specialist
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    Leanne McIntire, Manager
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    Phone: 941-361-6355
    Fax: 941-361-6358 
    4748 Beneva Road
    Sarasota, Florida 34233

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