Sarasota County Schools News

Riverview football head coach stepping down, new coach named

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Coach Todd Johnson

SARASOTA, June 26, 2017 – This morning, Coach Todd Johnson shared that he will be accepting a new career position in the Sarasota area outside of education.  

Riverview High School is thrilled for Coach Johnson; however, he will certainly be missed. Johnson served as RHS head football coach for six years. His work ethic, energy, enthusiasm and passion for the program has served the Riverview athletic community well. Moreover, his talent in the classroom will be hard to replace.

At this time, Riverview High School has named Offensive Coordinator Josh Smithers, as Interim Head Coach. Smithers has worked with the RHS program for the past two years and previously served as head football coach of Cardinal Mooney for eight years. He will remain interim head coach until the school works through the hiring process for naming a permanent replacement. In the meantime, Riverview is extremely fortunate to have Coach Smithers continue the tradition of excellence the program has established during the past six years under the leadership of Coach Johnson.

Riverview High School is located at 1 Ram Way, Sarasota.

Fourth Precision Machining-CNC Automation class graduates from STC

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SARASOTA COUNTY, June 26, 2017 – The Sarasota County School District's Suncoast Technical College is graduating another class of trained apprentices for the modern world of manufacturing at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 29.

This is the 4th year of the Precision Machining and CNC Automation program. Suncoast Technical College (STC) teaches on current state-of-the-art Haas CNC machining equipment and also uses MasterCam Cad/Cam software for programming these high-tech machines. The machines produce several products that meet today’s needs, including titanium medical hip implants, NASA space program equipment, surgical tooling, plastic injection molds, jet fighters, automotive and Tervis Tumbler molds. The CNC equipment is also used to make other material products like Taylor Guitars and boat molds at Marine Concepts in Bradenton.

The goal aligned with local manufacturing needs and Sarasota and Manatee Manufacturing Assoc. (SAMA) was to train 100 machinists in 5 years. STC stands at No. 89. The college has also produced the most National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS) certifications in the Florida at No. 285 and now has added MasterCam certification training. STC also trains in traditional machining to cover all areas of teaching. The average wage range is $26,500 - $38,000 a year. However, some students make over $20 an hour out of school.

All students are working, have job offers or are continuing with engineering college since the first year. Most students are working on paid internships before graduation. Local companies are funded by Career Edge to encourage interning and on-the-job training to help companies and apprentices succeed. The industry is very busy and many in the field are retiring from this skilled trade, leaving a great chance to learn a career in a year and have a good skill for life.

STC was a recipient of $12,500 from Gene Haas Foundation for scholarships for 2018. There any many ways students at STC can get help to pay for their training. 

Suncoast Technical College is located at 4748 Beneva Road in Sarasota.

Booker High leader named Florida’s 2017 Principal of the Year

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TOP: From left at the statewide Celebration of School Leaders June 21 are Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, Booker High School Principal Rachel Shelley, Sarasota County Schools Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer Laura Kingsley, Sarasota County Schools Executive Director of High Schools Steve Cantees and Florida DOE Division of Public Schools Chancellor Herschel Lyons. BOTTOM: Booker High School Principal Rachel Shelley was named Florida Principal of the Year June 21 at a ceremony in Orlando.

SARASOTA COUNTY, June 22, 2017 – Booker High School Principal Rachel Shelley has been honored with Florida's 2017 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership, an award popularly known as Florida Principal of the Year. Shelley was one of three finalists in the running for the coveted honor. The statewide winner was announced June 21 in Orlando.

Sarasota County Schools Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer Laura Kingsley and Sarasota County Schools Executive Director of High Schools Steve Cantees attended the Florida Department of Education Celebration For School Leaders with Rachel Shelley and her daughter, Kayla Shelley, when the recognition was announced.

The awards recognize principals and assistant principals for their exceptional contributions. The superintendent from their respective school districts nominated candidates for the awards. This is the second Florida Principal of the Year honor for Sarasota County Schools in three years; Alta Vista Elementary Principal Barbara Shirley received the honor in 2014.

“We could not be more proud of this much-deserved recognition for an outstanding leader in our community,” said Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Todd Bowden. “Dr. Shelley is an exemplary, passionate and tireless advocate for her students and sets the bar high. Her dedication to improving the lives of her students is something that truly sets her apart and we are thankful to have her leadership in our district. We wholeheartedly congratulate her on this honor.”

With more than 28 years of experience in kindergarten through 12th grade education, Shelley has been praised by her colleagues for her dedication to helping every student succeed and for her relationship-based leadership. She motivates students with her mantra: every student is college and/or career bound.

“I am so grateful for this honor and I share it with the Booker Nation — our students, faculty and staff at Booker High School — and with my colleagues throughout the Sarasota County School District, as well as the community,” said Shelley. “This award reflects our focus on helping all our students succeed. I’d like to also give thanks to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Education Foundation of Sarasota County for their unyielding support.”

Shelley is a graduate of Sarasota County’s Riverview High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bethune-Cookman College and a master’s degree in special education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She also holds a specialist’s degree and a doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University.She has worked in the Sarasota County School District since 1989, starting as a physical education aide at Bay Haven School of Basics Plus. She taught first grade and served as a reading teacher and behavior specialist for 10 years. She was an assistant principal at Riverview High School from 2003-05. Shelley was named assistant principal of Phoenix Academy in 2005 and became the principal of that school in 2007. She was named principal of Booker High in 2011.

Two months ago, Bowden and members of the Sarasota County School Board surprised students and fellow teachers at Booker High School with the announcement of Shelley’s recognition as a state finalist. A video featuring students and staff sharing their thoughts about Rachel Shelley can be viewed at

Booker High School is located at 3201 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota.

About Sarasota County Schools

Dedicated to academic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 52 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. It is one of only two districts to be graded A every year since grading began in 2004. 


Literacy bags available for Title I kindergarteners

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SARASOTA COUNTY, June 21, 2017 – Sarasota County Schools and the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading are working together to increase early-reading proficiency for incoming kindergarteners by providing a literacy bag to improve school readiness and summer-learning opportunities for children from low-income families at Title 1 schools.  

The Sarasota County Task Force for Grade-Level Reading Subcommittee for Early Learning is partnering with the Patterson Foundation to ensure children entering kindergarten have enriching literacy materials that can support their learning in the months before school begins. Sarasota County Schools encourages parents of incoming kindergarteners to register early.

Title I elementary schools will distribute a literacy bag to each family that registers an incoming kindergarten student this summer. Each literacy bag includes alphabet flash cards, first-word flash cards, number flash cards, color and shape flash cards, jumbo crayons, a Childcraft English Alphabet Literacy Chart, a set of upper-case and lower-case alphabet magnets, drawing paper and an English/Spanish picture book.

Part of a nationwide movement, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a community-wide effort to help all children, especially those from low-income families, succeed in school by ensuring they read on grade level. The Suncoast region — Manatee and Sarasota counties in Florida — is focused on addressing the most common issues and obstacles that impact a child's ability to read to learn. 

For more information, parents can contact Patti Brustad Folino at 941-650-6828 or A video with more information on kindergarten registration and the readiness literacy bags is available

About Sarasota County Schools
Dedicated to academic excellence, Sarasota County Schools encompasses 52 schools with 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. Sarasota County Schools is only of only three A districts in Florida.

Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading wins national honors

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TEAM EFFORT: Representatives of the many organizations in Sarasota and Manatee counties that contributed to the Campaign celebrate its success.

This news release is from the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading:

SARASOTA COUNTY. June 20, 2017 – The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading received a variety of accolades, including the All-America City Award, a Pacesetter Honor and three Communications Awards, during Grade-Level Reading Week in Denver. The Campaign was recognized for exemplary work to unite the community and engage families in an effort to increase reading proficiency and combat the challenges that can undermine early literacy.

Thanks to the Campaign’s community impact, the Sarasota-Manatee area received the prestigious All-America City Award for its civic engagement to help more young children from low-income families achieve grade-level reading proficiency and early school success.

The Suncoast was one of just 15 communities nationwide to receive the award from the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the National Civic League, which created the program 67 years ago. Winning communities demonstrated they have moved the needle on outcomes for children in at least two of the community solutions areas (school readiness, school attendance, summer learning and/or gradelevel reading), and created a plan for sustainability and for aligning proven programs and strategies.

“All-America City Award winners are communities that address the National Civic League’s key process criteria of civic engagement, cross-sector collaboration and inclusiveness,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “With Suncoast Campaign Director Beth Duda’s tireless work to engage families, educators, businesses, nonprofits and government, both Manatee and Sarasota counties are making an impact.”

The Suncoast Campaign was one of only 48 communities to be honored as a Pacesetter by the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for leading by example to eliminate barriers faced by children from low-income families on the path to becoming proficient readers. Pacesetters are part of a nationwide network of more than 300 GLR Campaign communities, representing 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The national Campaign recognized the Suncoast Campaign for its excellence in five of six criteria for success, scale and sustainability: supporting parent success and addressing health determinants, driving with data, building crosssector ollaboration, prioritizing children and families in public housing, and utilizing technology for impact.

"We are humbled and energized by this recognition as we acknowledge that it is a beginning, not an end,” said Bronwyn Beightol, chief operating officer of United Way of Manatee County. “We must keep moving forward and continue to purposefully engage all sectors of our community in ensuring all of our children's grade-level reading success."

The communications efforts of the Suncoast Campaign were recognized with three Excellence in Communications Awards including Best Website, Best Media Story and Best Event. The Best Media Story award recognized the communitywide coverage about the rollout of Reach Out and Read, a school readiness program that incorporates books into pediatric care, in the Sarasota-Manatee region. Embracing Dr. Seuss' Differences Day, an event during which the Suncoast Campaign distributed more than 4,000 free books to students throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties, earned the Best Event honor.

“This recognition speaks volumes to the realization of our region’s commitment to a vibrant community for all, our interconnectedness and our willingness to tackle community issues by everyone coming together,” said Roxie Jerde, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. “We should all be proud of this terrific achievement, and I thank all who are being the ones to make a difference. This is truly the effort of so many people stepping up, realizing that each one of us has the potential to impact another person, a cause, a community.”

The lead supporters of the Suncoast Campaign include the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation and United Way of Manatee County. The Suncoast Campaign maintains strong partnerships with the Manatee Community Foundation, School District of Manatee County, Sarasota County Schools, the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Sarasota Housing Authority, Sarasota County Government, Manatee County Government and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

To learn more about the All-America City Award criteria and to view profiles for each award recipient, visit To learn more about the Pacesetter Honors, visit

About Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a communitywide effort in Manatee and Sarasota counties to help all children, especially those from low-income families, succeed in school and life by ensuring they read on grade level by the end of third grade. For more information, please visit

Adult Enrichment program generates first million in annual fees

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Sarasota County Schools Adult and Community Enrichment student Greg Wright accepts a mock million-dollar bill from ACE Program Manager Laura Trubac and School Board member Jane Goodwin. Wright’s registration put this year’s revenue for the program over $1 million.

SARASOTA; June 13, 2017 – The Sarasota County Schools Adult and Community Enrichment (ACE) program has generated more than a million dollars in annual fees for the first time, program director Laura Trubac announced at a presentation June 9. Program revenue has exceeded last year’s total by more than $70,000.

ACE classes are offered primarily at the Suncoast Technical College campus in Sarasota. Although the school district provides the facilities for the classes, the operating costs of the program are supported entirely through class fees.

The school district subsidized the program until 2010, when it was moved to what was then the Sarasota County Technical Institute campus. With a new location and restructured management, the program soon became self-sufficient.

Trubac credits the talent of the instructors and the enthusiasm of the students for the success of the program. “ACE employs more than 150 part-time teachers, who work hard to offer high-quality lifelong learning courses,” she said. “And you must have folks who are eager to participate in our classes,” she said.

She said the ACE program is a significant contributor to the local economy. “In addition to providing wages to teachers, ACE returns revenue to the community through the thousands of dollars spent on class equipment and supplies,” she said. The program has a particularly strong impact on the arts community because more than 40 percent of ACE classes are in the arts.

Trubac said the $1 million figure represents more than 12,800 enrollments this school year.  She said enrollment has grown steadily since the program started in 1985. “Once people discover ACE, they keep coming back – and often bring their friends,” she said.

A prize of $100 toward ACE class fees was awarded at the June 9 ceremony to Greg Wright, whose registration put ACE over the $1 million goal. The presentation was made at an event on the STC campus attended by ACE faculty and staff, STC staff and district representatives, including School Board member Jane Goodwin.

Wright said, “As a recent retiree who moved to Sarasota from the Midwest, I was concerned about keeping both socially and mentally active. I found just what I needed through ACE. Since moving here, I’ve taken classes on learning how to dance the tango, maintain a bicycle, set up a blog, build a WordPress website, and play the blues harmonica.”

The harmonica class was taught by Les McCurdy from Les McCurdy’s Comedy Theater.  “That last class was a whole lot of fun,” Wright said, “but I’d have to say that all my teachers have been really great. 

“There’s no reason to have a boring retirement when you have the opportunity to participate in the adult and community enrichment classes through ACE.  I’d encourage all my fellow retirees to give it a try.” 


FSA scores increase at nearly all grade levels

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SARASOTA COUNTY, June 8, 2017 – According to results released Thursday (June 8) by the Florida Department of Education, the Sarasota County School District scored higher than state averages in all categories of the 2017 Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). The percentage of students who were proficient in English Language Arts increased from one to four percentage points in grades three through grade seven, remained consistent in grades nine and 10, and declined slightly in grade eight compared to last year.

The 2017 district mathematics proficiency rates improved from one to three percentage points at grades four, five, six, and eight but declined in grades three and seven. 

The percentage of district students passing End of Course (EOC) assessments also is higher than the state average in all subjects tested. The percentage of students passing EOC assessments increased five points in Algebra 1, five points in geometry and 11 points in Algebra 2.

Results are based on all students tested, including charter school students, English-language learners and students with disabilities. The third-grade English Language Arts results released in May are reported again with the grades released today, in order to provide a comprehensive review of student performance.

Highlights of the FSA results are as follows:

English Language Arts:

  • District English Language Arts proficiency rates are 10 to 13 points higher than state rates across all grades tested, grades three through 10.
  • The percent of district students scoring in English Language Arts achievement levels 3-5 (levels indicating proficiency) in school year 2016-2017 increased in grades three through grade seven, and remained consistent in grades nine and 10 compared to last school year. Percentages declined slightly in the grade eight.


  • Sarasota County students’ proficiency rates in mathematics are one to 29 points higher than state averages across all grades. 
  • The 2017 district mathematics proficiency rates improved at grades four, five, six, and eight but declined in grades three and seven compared to last school year. 

View 2017 EOC Results Tables

School Board thanked for smoke-free policy

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Sarasota County Schools Wellness Coordinator Erin Singerman, left, joins students Nick Black and Eviana Gianopolis, and Sarasota County Health Department Tobacco Program Manager Hilary Sperry in displaying one of the 800 signs to be posted in the Sarasota County Schools declaring the district to be completely tobacco-free. Gianopolis and Black are members of the Pine View chapter of Students Working Against Tobacco.

SARASOTA COUNTY, June 6, 2017 -- Two representatives of the Sarasota County chapter of Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), a national student organization devoted to eliminating tobacco use, joined representatives of the Sarasota County School District and the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County at the June 6 School Board meeting to publicly thank the School Board for making the Sarasota County School District completely tobacco-free.

At the meeting, the Board approved a policy that prohibits the use of tobacco products in any form on any school property, including buildings, grounds and vehicles. Previous Board policy prohibited tobacco use anywhere that students might be present, but permitted schools to have designated smoking areas for staff.

Sarasota County Schools Wellness Coordinator Erin Singerman thanked the Board and its many community partners for their support in the campaign to make the district tobacco free. She said the policy was the result of a concerted effort over several years by a number of groups and organizations, including the School Board, district employees, SWAT, Tobacco-Free Florida, the Sarasota Tobacco Free Partnership, the school district Tobacco Free Committee, the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County and many other community partners.

Singerman recognized district employees for voting in January 2017 for all Sarasota School District property to be tobacco free. She also thanked Board member Shirley Brown for her years of work as a member of the Sarasota County Tobacco-Free Partnership and for championing the smoke-free policy with the Board.

The community partnership to end tobacco use among teens has proven very successful, Singerman said. The Florida Youth Tobacco Survey reported that tobacco use among Sarasota County youth from 11-17 years old was 14 percent in 2012 and dropped to 7 percent in 2016.

The district policy prohibits the use of all forms of tobacco, including smokeless and e-cigarettes on school property. The policy applies to staff, students, visitors and contractors. “This decision will not only protect the health and wellness of staff, students, and visitors today, but for many years to come,” Singerman said.

Singerman also thanked the County Health Department and Tobacco-Free Florida for their support of the local effort, including their involvement on committees a donation of 800 signs to be used across the district to remind everyone that campuses are tobacco free. “We are really excited about the signs because they convey a positive message and show that Sarasota Schools are ‘proud to be tobacco-free,’” she said.

The signs incorporate Sarasota School district orange and blue colors and declare that cigarettes, e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco all are prohibited on school property. The district Facilities Department will install the signs at all schools and work sites across the district over the summer.

Tobacco Free Florida also provides a variety of tobacco cessation resources for anyone desiring to stop using tobacco, including telephone counseling, text to quit, and in-person group classes. They also provide participants with free nicotine replacement therapy products, including patches, gum or lozenges.

The Sarasota County Tobacco-Free Partnership welcomes new members and invites the public to attend its meetings. Anyone interested in more information can call Allyson Bennett at (941) 861-2779 or email her at


Four principals moving to new positions

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SARASOTA COUNTY, June 6, 2017 – Sarasota County School District Superintendent Todd Bowden announced June 6 that the principals of Heron Creek Middle School in North Port and Brookside Middle School in Sarasota will trade positions effective July 1. He also announced principal changes for Oak Park School and Emma E. Booker Elementary School.

Heron Creek Principal Matthew Gruhl will become principal at Brookside. Brookside Principal Kristine Lawrence will move to Heron Creek.

Emma E. Booker Principal Dawn Clayton has accepted a position in the district office as Supervisor of Pupil Support Services, Alternative Programs, Dropout Prevention and Discipline. Oak Park Principal Edwina Oliver will become principal at Emma E. Booker. The Oak Park principal’s position will be advertised beginning next week.

Bowden said the exchange of the middle school principals’ positions will help both principals to be more active in the communities where the schools are located. Gruhl lives in Sarasota and Lawrence lives in North Port. Lawrence served for four years as principal of Woodland Middle School in North Port and five years as an assistant principal at Heron Creek.

Gruhl was principal of Buffalo Creek Middle School in Palmetto before joining the Sarasota district in 2014. He previously was a social studies teacher, coach and high school assistant principal in Manatee and Pasco counties.

 He holds an education specialist degree in educational leadership, a master’s degree in social science education from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and social studies teaching from Francis Marion University in South Carolina.

Gruhl said, “I have really enjoyed working with the Heron Creek community and will miss them. At the same time, as a Sarasota resident, I am thrilled to be serving the students, faculty, and community at Brookside. Go Cuda Nation!”

Lawrence was appointed to the Brookside position in 2011 after serving as principal of Woodland Middle School in North Port from when the school opened in 2007. She was an assistant principal at Heron Creek from 2002-07

Lawrence holds a bachelor’s degree in German and Spanish, a master’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in school administration and supervision from Indiana University.

She came to Sarasota from Indianapolis, where she was a teacher and served as a middle school assistant principal and three years as a middle school principal.

Lawrence said, “It has been my pleasure and honor to work with the Brookside staff, students and community for the past six years. I will miss this team. As a North Port resident, I look forward to returning to the staff, students and community where I began my career with Sarasota County Schools.”

Oliver is a Sarasota native and a graduate of Booker High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in specific learning disabilities and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of South Florida.

She began her career in 1993 as a special education teacher in Palm Beach County. She was named Boca Raton Rotary Teacher of the Year in 1999.

   That same year she returned to Sarasota to teach at Emma E. Booker Elementary School. She was named Teacher of the Year at Booker Elementary in 2001. 

She became an assistant principal at Booker High School in 2007. There she supervised the Exceptional Student Education department and led the Positive Behavior Response Intervention team.

She was appointed program director of Phoenix Academy in 2012 and was named principal of Oak Park in 2013. Oak Park School serves students with exceptionalities who cannot be accommodated in a traditional school setting.

While at Oak Park, Oliver focused on strengthening positive collaboration between staff, business partners and parents to provide the best environment for students to be successful academically and socially.

Dawn Clayton has been principal of Emma E. Booker Elementary School since 2008.

She is a cum laude graduate of the City College of New York. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education and a second master’s degree in administration and supervision. She earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016.

She taught elementary school in New York state from 1995-2003. She has conducted research and presented on a variety of educational issues, including culturally responsive teaching, accountability, literacy, teaching students with learning disabilities, school safety and web page design.

 She served as the assistant principal at Fruitville Elementary School from 2003 until her appointment to as principal of Emma E. Booker. While at Emma E., she has worked with the district’s Facilities Department to improve the flow of activity in the front office, to reorganize the student services area, to eliminate portables and to expand playground space.

Clayton said she is proud the wide array of successes that have been achieved by students, staff and community at Emma E. “Everyone in the Emma E. family is sharply focused on nurturing children to reach new heights,” she said.

In her new district position, Clayton will be responsible for a variety of duties associated with dropout prevention, alternative schools and behavior. She also will be a key contributor to the district’s efforts to reduce the achievement gap.

Although she will miss the Emma E. students and community, she said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with other district-level professionals to build on the strengths of all of the children in the Sarasota County Schools.” 

Sarasota High School has new address on Bahia Vista Street

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NEW VISTA: Top photo-The sign at the entrance to Sarasota High will soon include the school’s new address: 2155 Bahia St. Bottom photo-The iconic Paul Rudolph-designed building at Sarasota High now houses administrative offices and classrooms. The building is part of the “vista” from the school’s entrance on Bahia Vista Street. Photo by Greg Wilson, courtesy Sarasota Architectural Foundation.

SARASOTA, June 2, 2017 – Sarasota County’s oldest high school has a new address. Sarasota High School is now officially at 2155 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL, 34239. The change from the school’s previous School Avenue address was approved by the Sarasota County School Board at a regular meeting May 16. The Sarasota County School District received a letter of approval for the new address from the City of Sarasota Building & Zoning Department May 30. The address coordinator for Sarasota County Government also facilitated the change.

The address was revised as a result of the reconfiguration of the entrance to Sarasota High and the relocation of administrative offices to the iconic Paul Rudolph-designed building that faces Bahia Vista Street. Renovation of that building, which also houses classrooms, was completed in fall 2015. The building’s exterior now appears as it did when it first opened in 1960. There is an unobstructed view of the building from the entrance to the school and its main parking lot on Bahia Vista Street.

The new address is sequential with surrounding addresses on the north side of Bahia Vista to the east and west of the SHS entrance and is compatible with the Geographic Information System and the Global Positioning System. The address will improve ease of locating the school’s main entrance by emergency vehicles, parents and other visitors, and will clearly communicate to the public the location of the new entrance to the school.

“Our staff and our School Advisory Council, which includes parent and student representatives, is in full support of this address change,” said Principal David Jones. “They agree that it makes so much sense because of our new ‘front door’ on Bahia Vista Street.”

The previous address of 1000 S. School Ave. had only been used since 1995 when the administration building was moved from the historic 1927 building at 1001 S. Tamiami Trail. That building is being leased from the School Board by Ringling College of Art and Design and is being transformed into the Sarasota Museum of Art, which is not yet open to the public. The Circus Arts Conservatory/Sailor Circus “tent” building, just west of the SHS front parking lot, will continue to use the address 2075 Bahia Vista St.

Other additions to the Sarasota High campus include a new cafeteria and the Edward F. Howell Gymnasium. Both buildings opened in March 2016. When completed in August, the Sarasota High campus enhancements are projected to cost approximately $42 million. The design and construction team includes Harvard Jolly Architecture, Tandem Construction and Paul Pitcher, project manager for the school district. 

Five Pine View students to attend Boys State and Girls State conferences

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SARASOTA COUNTY, June 2, 2017 – American Legion Post 159 in Venice has selected two 11th grade boys from Pine View to attend the Boys State Conference this summer at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Alex Anacki and Reed Windom are scheduled to attend the 2017 Boys State Session from June 18-24.

The American Legion Post 159 Auxiliary also has selected and will sponsor three 11th grade Pine View girls to attend the Girls State program in Tallahassee this summer.  Megan Creevy, Madsion Hannon and Alexa Roland will represent Pine View at the Girls State Session from June 7-15.

At Boys State and Girls State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of citizenship. The training centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.

Pine View School is located at 1 Python Path, Osprey.

Two-generation program graduates honored at Alta Vista June 7

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SARASOTA, June 8, 2017 – Sixteen adults from the Sarasota County School District 2GEN program at Alta Vista Elementary School were honored in an afternoon graduation ceremony at the school on June 7.

The 2GEN program provides parents of students an opportunity to learn job skills, improve their family’s standard of living and be a role model to their children regarding the importance of education in their lives. The program is a collaboration between the school district and the  Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The adult classes are presented by the Suncoast Technical College in the Alta Vista Adult Education Center.

The 2GEN program is open to parents of students attending Alta Vista, Emma E. Booker, Gocio and Tuttle elementary schools. The current group of graduates includes 15 mothers and one father. Five of the graduates are from the Certified Nursing Assistant Program; seven are from the Private Security Officer Program; two are from the Microsoft Office Specialist Program and two have completed the GED Program. 

Alta Vista Principal Barbara Shirley said of the program: “The 2GEN approach has transformed our thinking to include the entire family. We focus on connecting students and parents with educational opportunities that promote lifelong success.

“Our team at Alta Vista has created a community school environment. Every child in our school has a better chance of academic success because we are engaging the parents.”

Parents of students at Alta Vista, Emma E. Booker, Tuttle or Gocio Elementary Schools who are interested in enrolling in the adult program may contact Mary Tucker, parent education navigator, at 941-361-6400 x51524 or at

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