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SUMMER FAMILY SERIES at ACE offers affordable bonding activities for children and adults

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ACE Summer Series

SARASOTA COUNTY, May 29 — Adult & Community Enrichment (ACE) at Suncoast Technical College offers a new selection of family classes this summer. These fun, hands-on classes are designed to bring generations of family members together to learn something new in a creative environment. For a few hours, children ages 10 and older can pair up with a significant adult in their lives and discover new skills as a team. 

The Summer Family Series at ACE is made possible by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County through the Allen Wirtz Nobbe and Jo Bowen Nobbe Fund. Thanks to this grant, the course fees have been reduced, making the class offerings more affordable to families. ALL CLASSES COST $15 PER PERSON, unless otherwise noted.

ACE Summer Family Series:

  • June 5: Make Your Own Key Chains with Louise Gallagher, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m
  • June 5: An Abstract Mess: Acrylic Pouring with Faith Bradburn-Keller, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • June 12: Sushi Party with Robin Rosen, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • June 12: Zentangle Basics with Julie Burch, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m
  • June 19 & June 26: Photography Scavenger Hunt with Jim Beecher, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ($25 per person – two-session class
  • June 27: Design a Stepping Stone with Patricia Rockwood, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

To learn more about the Summer Family Series at ACE, visit www.ace-sarasota.com. Families can register for the classes online, at the ACE office at Suncoast Technical College at 4748 Beneva Road, building 3, Sarasota, or by calling 941-361-6590.

About Sarasota County Schools
Dedicated to academic and athletic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. It is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an “A” grade every year since 2004. Learn more: SarasotaCountySchools.net.

Sarasota County Schools Receives Incredible Amount of Police Job Applications

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Sarasota County Schools has received numerous applications for the Chief of Police and Police Sergeant positions. As of May 25, when these jobs closed, the school district has received 26 applications for the Chief of Police job and 43 for three Police Sergeant positions. School Resource Officer (SRO) positions have been posted for a week and the school district has received 43 applications thus far to-date. SRO jobs will remain open until all the positions are filled. The school district is looking to hire 21-24 SRO’s for the 2018-19 school year.

“I am delighted by the overwhelming response from applicants for key leadership positions in the Sarasota County Schools Police Department,” noted Michael Andreas, executive director of Public Safety. “The level of experience these men and women possess is impressive. Keeping our students safe and secure is paramount to all that we do and I am excited to meet with the applicants to assess their credentials and ability to work in a school environment.”

Anyone seeking to apply as an SRO can do so on the school district’s website.

The Sarasota County Schools Police Department has been formed in response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Act. In addition to the school-based police force, the school district will continue to partner with local law enforcement for the 2018-19 school year to further ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff on school campuses.

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Third Grade FSA ELA Testing Results are In

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Sarasota County Schools continues to outperform average state results in Levels 3-5

SARASOTA COUNTY, May 23, 2018 – More than 3,300 third grade students in Sarasota County participated in the April 2018 Florida Standards Assessment. The results reported are based on all students tested and include students with disabilities and English Language Learnings (ELL) as well as retained third grade students. For the 2017-18 school year, proficiency rates in Sarasota County are 11 percentage points higher than the state in English Language Arts. A comparison between the test scores for 2017 and 2018 indicates that both the state and Sarasota County third grade student averages decreased. Sarasota County Schools remains tied for 5th out of 67 school districts.

Table 1.  Percent of District and State Grade 3 Students Scoring in Achievement

Levels 1, 2, and 3-5, for 2017 and 2018

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ELA (Reading)2017201820172018
Level 1 12% 11% 19% 20%
Level 2 18% 21% 23% 23%
Levels 3-5 71% 68% 58% 57%

* Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding.

“We are pleased that Sarasota County schools continue to outperform the state average for third grade English Language Arts,” noted Superintendent Todd Bowden. “Although we had many distractions ranging from Hurricane Irma to the events in Parkland that affected us all, our students and faculty have remained steadfast in promoting positive outcomes for our students throughout the school district.”

“I am thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and teachers this year,” commented Dr. Laura Kingsley, assistant superintendent and chief academic officer for Sarasota County Schools. “Our students are incredibly resilient and their ability to score above the state average for another year is amazing. Their desire to learn, coupled with innovative solutions we are employing with our teachers and administrators, will position us for continued growth in the future.”

According to the Florida Department of Education, Florida’s K-12 assessment system measures students’ achievement of Florida’s education standards, which are developed and implemented to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. Assessment supports instruction and student learning, and test results help Florida’s educational leadership and stakeholders determine whether the goals of the education system are being met.

Additional assessment outcomes in reading and math for grades 3 – 10 will be announced in the coming weeks.

About Sarasota County Schools
Dedicated to academic and athletic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. It is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an “A” grade every year since 2004. Learn more: SarasotaCountySchools.net.

Barnes & Noble Names Lem Andrews National Winner of the 2018 “My Favorite Teacher Contest” and “Teacher of the Year”

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Pictured from left to right, Ellen Bausback and Lem Andrews, credit to Lori Sax Photography.

SARASOTA, FL -- May 22, 2018 -- Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today named Lem Andrews from Booker High School in Sarasota, FL, as the 2018 national winner and “Teacher of the Year” in the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest. Mr. Andrews was nominated by his former student, Ellen Bausback, and was chosen from more than 4,700 entries nationwide.

From January 2018 to March 2018, Barnes & Noble invited students to nominate their favorite teacher by writing essays, poems or thank you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire their teacher. Entries were accepted at Barnes & Noble stores, and were judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality of expression and writing.

“The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher contest is one of the many ways that we thank educators for all they do to positively impact the lives of kids,” said Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President, Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “We are dedicated to recognizing educators for their important work, and this contest gives us a chance to celebrate thousands of teachers each year. This year, we are pleased to present the Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year award to Mr. Lem Andrews, whose commitment to his students is reflected in Ellen Bausback’s inspiring essay.”

Ellen wrote, “Mr. Lem Andrews is the reason that I am going to college. Not only is Mr. Andrews a post-secondary advisor and teacher at my school, but he is also my mentor, my ally, and my number-one fan. When I arrived my freshman year at Booker High School, I wandered into Mr. Andrew’s “College and Career Resource Room” none the wiser. After a quick introduction and a handshake, Mr. Andrews got right to work, immediately seeing some unrealized potential in the shy, timid girl that had stumbled into his room.”

“You’re coming to speak at an Alpha Kappa Alphaluncheon with me,” he said. “We’re going to get you talking!” Reluctantly, I dragged my soft-spoken self to the event, where I had the opportunity to meet a hundred amazing women and speak to them about my future goals. I stuttered through my speech, but in the end, I was proud of overcoming my fear of public speaking. With this small experience, Mr. Andrews had started a transformation in me.”’

Along with the title of “Teacher of the Year,” Mr. Andrews received $5,000 and was recognized at a special community celebration at his school. Mr. Andrews’ school also received $5,000 for a total prize of $10,000.

Mr. Andrews said, “It’s truly an honor to be recognized by Barnes & Noble as Teacher of the Year. Out of the hundreds of students you work with, to have one that’s inspired enough to write something about you is a reward like no other.”

“Lem Andrews is an inspiration to us all,” added Dr. Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Every day he motivates students like Ellen Bausback to aim higher and achieve their dreams. His work at Booker High School is outstanding, and we are grateful for his contributions to promote student success.”

To learn more about Barnes & Noble’s My Favorite Teacher contest, customers should speak with one of the knowledgeable booksellers at their local store or visit www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher.

About the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Program
The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher program provides middle and high school students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers. Teachers from Grades 1-12 are eligible for nomination. Awards for local and regional winners included prizes for the teachers, including NOOKs® and more.

The My Favorite Teacher Contest runs from January to March. Details on the contest rules can be found at www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 630 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store (www.nook.com) features digital books, periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps available for Android, iOS® and Windows®

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company's corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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About Sarasota County Schools
Dedicated to academic and athletic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. It is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an “A” grade every year since 2004. Learn more: SarasotaCountySchools.net.

Sarasota County Schools Teacher Nominated for the Harris History Teacher Award

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First Place Junior Group Exhibit, Lucas Garcia and Miguel Heredia, “Texas: War of Independence” Sarasota Middle School – Grade 8 Pictured with Dr. Jennifer Jaso, school coordinator and district co-coordinator and award nominee
SARASOTA COUNTY, May 16, 2018 – Dr. Jennifer Jaso of Sarasota Middle School was nominated for the Harris Teacher Award by the Museum of Florida History, administrator of the National History Day program in Florida. The Harris History Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by James F. Harris and is awarded to one middle and high school teacher annually. 

“Dr. Jennifer Jaso is one of our school district’s finest educators, and we are delighted for her to be recognized in this manner,” noted Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “The inspiration she provides her students is outstanding and we look forward to even greater outcomes for our students in the future.”

“Teachers are one of the greatest resources children have to develop the skills necessary to be successful in both college and their careers,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn in a recent press release. “The nominees for the Harris History Teacher Award have shown a dedication to teaching that goes beyond the classroom. I congratulate Dr. Jaso on her nomination.”

Dr. James F. Harris sponsors the awards in recognition of the pivotal role teachers play in the lives of students. The two national winners will be announced on #NationalHistoryDay, June 14. The winners are chosen by a team of teachers and historians. Nominees’ work must clearly illustrate the development and use of creative teaching methods that interest students in history and help them make exciting discoveries about the past. 

About National History Day® (NHD) 

NHD is a non-profit education organization headquartered in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD promotes an appreciation for historical research among middle and high school students through multiple annual programs. More than half a million students participate in the annual National History Day Contest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD provides professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators of all levels. NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit nhd.org.

About Sarasota County Schools

Dedicated to academic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. The Sarasota County School District is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an “A” grade since 2004. Learn more: SarasotaCountySchools.net.

Digital Town Hall Event Planned for May 23

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Sarasota County Schools will hold a live, interactive town hall for parents, students and the community on the topics of school safety and mental and behavioral health – two important subjects that help ensure the continued well-being of our students. This technology-enhanced public forum is a key part of our ongoing effort to reach families where they are and engage in conversation via your TV, computer, tablet or smart phone – devices we use every day.

School Safety panelists include:

  • Dr. Todd Bowden, Superintendent
  • Bridget Ziegler, School Board Chair
  • Dr. Kirk Hutchinson, Principal, Atwater Elementary School
  • Jody Dumas, Executive Director of Facilities, Construction and Planning
  • Mike Andreas, Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Management
  • Kathie Ebaugh, Director of Planning

Mental and Behavioral Health panelists include:

  • Dr. Todd Bowden, Superintendent
  • Bridget Ziegler, School Board Chair
  • Dr. Laura Kingsley, Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer
  • Sonia Figaredo-Alberts, Executive Director of Pupil Support Services
  • Debra Giacolone, Supervisor of Student Services

When: May 23, from 7-8 p.m.

To ask questions and join in the conversation, visit the school district’s Facebook page and Twitter via @SarasotaSchools. You can also watch online at SarasotaCountySchools.net or The Education Channel on Comcast 20 and Frontier 33.

To send questions in advance of the live digital event, please email:

We look forward to answering your questions and engaging in a meaningful, interactive conversation.

Commencement Ceremonies 2018

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Graduating Class 2018

The following commencement ceremonies will take place to celebrate the school district’s college and career ready graduating class of 2018!

Thursday, May 17

  • Booker High School:  5 p.m. at Van Wezel
  • North Port High School:  7:30 p.m. at the NPHS football field

Friday, May 18

  • Oak Park School:  2 p.m. in the gymnasium
  • Suncoast Polytech High School:  6 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House
  • Sarasota High School:  8 p.m. at the SHS football field
  • Venice High School:  8 p.m. at the VHS football field

Saturday, May 19

  • Riverview High School:  8 p.m. at the RHS football field

Sunday, May 20

  • Pine View School:  2 p.m. at Van Wezel

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Sarasota County Schools in North Port Seek Volunteers

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NORTH PORT, May 16, 2018 – Sarasota County schools in North Port seek volunteers interested in helping shape and promote positive social and emotional learning and academic success for our third-grade and middle-school students for the summer. The responsibilities of a volunteer may vary and can range from one-on-one tutoring and interactions with students to assisting in classrooms at district schools.

There are currently two programs in which Sarasota County Schools can use volunteer assistance in the North Port area. The first program is Summer Middle School at Heron Creek Middle in North Port. Summer Middle School is for middle-school students who failed a class or classes during the previous school year. Volunteers will work with multiple students to motivate and support them as they work to pass the class; a commitment of at least two hours per week is preferred. No experience or training is required, but confidence in tutoring in either math, science, English, or social studies is preferred. The second program is the Third-Grade Summer Reading Camp. This camp is for third-graders who have not reached grade-level reading proficiency and is being held at Lamarque Elementary in North Port. Tutors will work one-on-one with the same two students each week; a commitment of at least an hour a week is preferred. No experience is necessary, just a love of reading and children. Free training is provided. Both programs start in early June and continue for four or five weeks depending on the program. 

“Becoming a volunteer is a rewarding and enriching experience,” noted Lyndsey Cantees, program coordinator for the district’s Volunteer and Partnership Office. “We have found that student lives are richer because of the dedication and commitment of our volunteers who work with our students to promote personal and academic achievement.”

For more information about the programs or to sign up to be a summer volunteer, please contact the Volunteer and Partnership Office at 941.927.9000 x31500 or online at the Sarasota County Schools website. All applicants will need to pass a background check before becoming a volunteer.

About Sarasota County Schools
Dedicated to academic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. The Sarasota County School District is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an “A” grade since 2004. Learn more: SarasotaCountySchools.net.

Sarasota County Schools Seeks Chief of Police, Sergeants

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SARASOTA COUNTY, May 12, 2018 – Sarasota County Schools is seeking a chief of police and three sergeants to form the command staff of a new, school-based police department. These leaders will work directly with the district’s executive director of Public Safety to create a comprehensive, progressive police department for the district’s 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees.

“The hiring of the Police Chief is instrumental to building an effective school police force and public safety department,” noted Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “We are looking for just the right person to lead a team of men and women whose mission is to ensure the safety and well-being of our students on campus. We have a lot of work to do before the new school year, but I am confident the development of a school-based police force is the right choice for our school district.”

Per the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, all schools in Florida are required to have a school-safe officer in every school. Since the law was authorized this spring, the district has partnered with local law enforcement to have officers and deputies in every school. 
Starting this fall with the 2018-19 school year, the district intends to employ school-based police officers in each of its 23 elementary schools, with continued support from local law enforcement in its secondary schools. The long-term goal is to employ school-based police officers in each district school, as well as detectives and other key personnel to support the security work of the district. 

Candidates for chief of police and sergeant must possess successful leadership experience in the law enforcement profession, be person of integrity, and exhibit high moral character in both their professional and personal lives. The work is of critical importance, as school safety is paramount in today’s age of heightened security issues. This is a terrific opportunity for ambitious leaders to help create a unique, new police department from the ground up – one that will surely become a national model of excellence. 

Working for Sarasota County Schools offers many benefits, including residing on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida – home to the world-renown Siesta Key Beach. In addition, candidates will receive a full benefits package, including 100% paid medical, dental and vision plans, life insurance and contributions into the Florida Retirement System. The school district is comprised of the unique communities of Sarasota, Osprey, Nokomis, Venice, Englewood and North Port, and is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an “A” grade since 2004.
Candidates interested in applying can do so on the school district’s website. Click to view the Chief of Police and Police Sergeant job descriptions and requirements.

About Sarasota County Schools

Dedicated to academic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. The Sarasota County School District is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an “A” grade since 2004. Learn more: SarasotaCountySchools.net.

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Changes to the 2018 Booker High School Graduation

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The Booker High School 2018 graduation will take place at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center on May 17 starting at 5 p.m. Space is limited this year and each graduate will receive five tickets for guests. All seniors were placed in a random drawing for an additional ticket – totaling six tickets for select students, who have already been notified.

This year’s graduation ceremony will be live streamed on the official Booker High School Facebook page. Ceremony starts at 5 p.m. – doors open at 4:30 p.m. The live stream will begin at 4:45 p.m.

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A Statement on the Permanent Vacation of School Avenue

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Sarasota County Schools Seeks Permanent Vacation of School Avenue – May 8, 2018

In an effort to keep students and staff at Sarasota High School as safe as possible, the Sarasota County School District is seeking the permanent closure of School Avenue between Hatton and Tami Sola Streets. The Sarasota High School campus is divided by School Avenue, where as many as seven thousand crossings take place each day by students and staff.
 

Currently, School Avenue is closed to motor vehicle traffic during the school day from 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; however, pedestrians and bicyclists can access the school campus at any time, creating a safety and security concern.

“It is vital that we ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff at Sarasota High School,” commented Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Anyone at any time can walk onto our campus and approach a student one-on-one or leave something behind that’s intended to do harm. As a community, we have an obligation to protect our children, and the permanent vacation of School Avenue will help us do so.”
 

In addition to students and staff crossing the road multiple times each day, many people remain on campus after hours, causing a potential hazard when the street reopens daily. The school district is proposing a two-step process to permanently close School Avenue. The first step is to close the street to all motor vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic during the school day and extend the hours of closure from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., which will help ensure a single point visitor access for anyone visiting the school. Single point visitor access has been proven to help manage and monitor the flow of visitors on school campuses, and is an important part of an integrated safety and security plan. It will be ideal to have this in place at the start of the 2018-19 school year on August 13. The second phase would be the permanent closure of School Avenue, which would include creating a seamless design of the high school campus and close it to all traffic. 

Sarasota County Schools, along with the City of Sarasota, will hold public forums in the coming weeks, including a joint work session on May 8 at 6 p.m. at Sarasota City Hall and a public meeting on May 14 at 6 p.m. at Sarasota High School for public comment and feedback. To learn more, you can visit the Sarasota County Schools website.
 

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Sarasota County Schools Seeks Volunteers

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SARASOTA COUNTY, May 8, 2018 – Sarasota County Schools seeks volunteers interested in helping shape and promote positive social and emotional learning and academic success for our third-grade and middle-school students for the summer and upcoming 2018-19 school year. The responsibilities of a volunteer may vary and can may range from one-on-one tutoring and interactions with students to assisting in classrooms at district schools.

There are currently two programs in which Sarasota County Schools can use volunteer assistance. The first program is the Third-Grade Summer Reading Camp. This camp is for third-graders who have not reached grade-level reading proficiency and is being held at Lamarque Elementary in North Port, Gocio Elementary in North Sarasota, and Gulf Gate Elementary in Central Sarasota. Tutors will work one-on-one with the same two students each week; a commitment of at least an hour a week is preferred. No experience is necessary, just a love of reading and children. Free training is provided. The second program is Summer Middle School at Heron Creek Middle in North Port and Brookside Middle in Sarasota. Summer Middle School is for middle-school students who failed a class or classes during the previous school year. Volunteers will work with multiple students to motivate and support them as they work to pass the class; a commitment of at least two hours per week is preferred. No experience or training is required. Both programs start in early June and end in mid-July. Volunteer programs for the 2018-19 school year begin in August and take place at all schools across the district.

“Becoming a volunteer is a rewarding and enriching experience,” noted Lyndsey Cantees, program coordinator for the district’s Volunteer and Partnership Office. “We have found that student lives are richer because of the dedication and commitment of our volunteers who work with our students to promote personal and academic achievement.”

Sarasota County Schools has a robust volunteer and community partnership program and just recognized its outstanding student, individual and corporate volunteers at an annual dinner and recognition program in April. For more information about the programs or to sign up to be a summer volunteer, please contact the Volunteer and Partnership Office at 941.927.9000 x31500 or online at the Sarasota County Schools website. All applicants will need to pass a background check before becoming a volunteer. In some cases, professional development and training may be needed.

About Sarasota County Schools

Dedicated to academic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. The Sarasota County School District is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an “A” grade since 2004. Learn more: SarasotaCountySchools.net.
   

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Tomas Dinverno Named Principal at Venice Middle School

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SARASOTA COUNTY, May 7, 2018 – Tomas Dinverno has been named principal at Venice Middle School, effective July 1, pending School Board approval. Mr. Dinverno currently serves as principal of Tuttle Elementary and has worked for Sarasota County Schools since 2003. The position was vacated earlier this spring when Karin Schmidt retired from the school district.

“Tomas Dinverno is a well-seasoned principal whose track record of working at both elementary and high schools makes him an ideal choice for this vital role,” noted Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “His dedication and visible approach will enable him to work closely with the staff at Venice Middle School to achieve even greater success for our students.”

“As we celebrate staff appreciation week, my thanks goes out to all the hardworking teachers in Sarasota County, and especially to the Tuttle staff, whom I have worked with these last four years,” said Tomas Dinverno. “I have been a part of this amazing school district since 2003, and I am excited to continue to serve Sarasota County students as principal at Venice Middle School. I look forward to all the great ways to continue to support student learning as part of the Charger team!”  

“Having experience at the elementary and high school level will help define the learning needs in between,” commented Stephen Cantees, executive director of Secondary Schools. “Tomas Dinverno is a tremendous asset to the school administration team and his prior knowledge will enable him to enhance the learning experience for the students at Venice Middle School.”

Mr. Dinverno joined Sarasota County Schools in 2003 when he worked at North Port High School as a Spanish teacher, data coach, department chair and assistant principal. In 2014, Mr. Dinverno became principal of Tuttle Elementary where he has guided effective teaching strategies that led to student success. Throughout the school district, his experice and leadership have promoted academic excellence among elementary, middle and high schools. Mr. Dinverno received his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. An active community member, Mr. Dinverno lives in Venice with his wife, son and myriad of pets.

About Sarasota County Schools
Dedicated to academic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. It is one of only two Florida districts to consistently earn an A-grade since 2004. Learn more: SarasotaCountySchools.net.

 

Notice of a Joint Meeting with Sarasota County School Board Members and Sarasota Commissioners to Discuss the Closing of School Avenue

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We want to hear from you! 

Please join us on Tuesday, May 8 at 6 p.m. at Sarasota City Hall for a public forum on the closing of School Avenue that runs right through the Sarasota High School campus. During school hours, the street is closed to motor vehicles however pedestrians and bicyclists can access the school campus at any time, creating a safety and security concern. 

The school district wants to keep our students and staff as safe as possible and is asking for the permanent vacation of School Avenue between Hatton and Tami Sola Streets. Groups oppose the closing of School Avenue so please join us and make sure your voice is heard.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
6 p.m.
Sarasota City Hall 
1565 1st Street
Sarasota, FL  34236
Corner of 1st Street and Orange

Notice of Community Workshop Regarding the Closure of School Avenue

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  • To care for the safety needs of our children at Sarasota High School, the school district is seeking the permanent closure of School Avenue through the campus.

Please join officials from the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County Schools for a public workshop and discussion on Monday, May 14 at Sarasota High School regarding the closing of School Avenue between Hatton and Tami Sola Streets.
   

Monday, May 14, 2018
6 p.m.
Sarasota High School – auditorium
2155 Bahia Vista Street
Sarasota, FL  34239 

Contact:  Diane Cominotti, planner, Sarasota County School District: (941) 927-9000 x 69052.

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