Pupil Support Services

State and Federal Projects

Federal grants are provided to the School Board of Sarasota County to provide financial resources to support endeavors to improve the educational performance of our students.

The grants facilitated by Pupil Support Services include the following:

Title I, Part A
Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Jane Mahler, Supervisor State and Federal Projects

Title I, Part A, is intended to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic standards and assessments. As the largest federal program supporting elementary and secondary education, Title I targets these resources to the districts and schools where the needs are greatest.

 Districts target the Title I funds they receive to public schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families. Schools enrolling at least 40 percent of children from low-income families are eligible to use Title I funds for schoolwide programs designed to upgrade their entire educational programs to improve achievement for all students, particularly the lowest-achieving students.

Title I is designed to help students served by the program to achieve proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards. Title I schools with percentages of students from low-income families of at least 40 percent may use Title I funds, along with other Federal, State, and local funds, to operate a "schoolwide program" to upgrade the instructional program for the whole school.  Schoolwide programs must use instructional strategies based on scientifically based research and implement parental involvement activities. 

2016-2017 Sarasota County Schoolwide Title I Programs

Alta Vista Elementary School 

Atwater Elementary School 

Booker Middle School 

Brentwood Elementary School

Cranberry Elementary School

Emma E. Booker Elementary School 

Glenallen Elementary School

Gocio Elementary School

Lamarque Elementary School

Suncoast School for Innovative Studies Charter School

Triad – YMCA

Tuttle Elementary School

Wilkinson Elementary School



Title I, Part C
Education of Migratory Children
Jamie Rodriguez, Supervisor ESOL and Migrant Education Programs

The funds are allocated to support high-quality and comprehensive educational programs for migratory children to help reduce the educational disruptions and other problems that result from repeated moves. This includes eliminating language and cultural barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit the ability of such children to do well in school.

Title II, Part A
Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals
Kelly Ellington, Professional Development and Teacher Evaluation

These federal funds are retained at the school district and may be allocated for the following purposes:

  • Provide professional development activities that improve the knowledge of teacher, principals, and paraprofessionals;
  • Innovative professional development programs, including programs that train teachers and principals to integrate technology into curricula and instruction to improve teaching and learning;
  • Professional development programs to provide instruction in how to teach children with different learning styles, particularly children with disabilities and children with special learning needs;
  • Professional development programs that provide instruction in methods of improving behavior in the classroom;
  • Professional activities designed to improve the quality of principals and superintendents.

Title III, Part A
English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act
Jamie Rodriguez, Supervisor ESOL and Migrant Education Programs

These funds ensure that children who are limited English proficient, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging state academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet.

Title III, Part B
Improving Language Instruction
Jamie Rodriguez, Supervisor ESOL and Migrant Education Programs

This allocation ensures that limited English proficient children master English and meet the same rigorous standards for academic achievement that all children are expected to meet.

Title IV, Part A
Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Sherri Reynolds, Supervisor Health Prevention Services

It is federally mandated for all schools to support programs that prevent violence in and around schools; that prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; that involve parents and communities to foster a safe and drug-free learning environment that supports student academic achievement. This includes educational programs of drug and violence prevention and early intervention, as well as drug and violence prevention planning and organizing activities.

Title IV, Part B
21st Century Community Learning Centers
Sarasota County Schools did not receive funding for this grant for the 2014-2015 School Year.

    Title X, Part C
    Education for Homeless Children and Youth
    Sherri Reynolds, Supervisor Health Prevention Services
    This designation is also referred to as the “McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistant Improvements Act of 2001.” These federal dollars are to be used for the sole purpose of ensuring that each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youth.

    Pupil Support Services
    Sonia Figaredo-Alberts, Executive Director
    sonia.figaredo-alberts@sarasotacountyschools.net

    Julie Zarling, Administrative Assistant
    julie.zarling@sarasotacountyschools.net

    Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31109
    Fax: 941-927-4052
    1960 Landings Boulevard
    Sarasota, Florida 34231
    Green 3rd Floor

    Exceptional Student Education
    Tammy Cassels, Supervisor
    tammy.cassels@sarasotacountyschools.net

    Ana Montero, Administrative Assistant
    ana.montero@sarasotacountyschools.net

    Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34226
    Fax: 941-927-4014

    Student Services
    Debra Giacolone, Supervisor
    debra.giacolone@sarasotacountyschools.net

    Sally Dean, Administrative Assistant
    sally.dean@sarasotacountyschools.net

    Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34754
    Fax: 941-361-6157 

    School Health Services 
    Suzanne Dubose, Supervisor
    suzanne.dubose@sarasotacountyschools.net

    Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34765
    Fax: 941-927-4108

    Florida Department of Health Sarasota County 
    Linda Glover, Supervisor
    linda.glover@sarasotacountyschools.net
    Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32101 

    Alternative Education, Discipline & Dropout Prevention
    Bethany King, Supervisor
    bethany.king@sarasotacountyschools.net

    Patty Woods, Administrative Assistant
    patty.woods@sarasotacountyschools.net
    Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31113 

    ESOL and Migrant Education
    Jamie Rodriguez, Supervisor
    jamie.rodriguez@sarasotacountyschools.net

    State & Federal Projects
    Jane Mahler, Supervisor
    jane.mahler@sarasotacountyschools.net

    Betsy Hooper, Administrative Assistant
    betsy.hooper@sarasotacountyschools.net
    Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34061 

    Staff Listing

    Saturday
    3/25/2017 - FAFSA Form Completion Assistance - Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club

    Monday
    3/27/2017 - Gulf Gate Kindergarten Roundup

    Tuesday
    3/28/2017 - Restorative Strategies Staff Training

    Tuesday
    3/28/2017 - Alta Vista Kindergarten Roundup

    Wednesday
    3/29/2017 - Charter Applicant Orientation

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