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Melanie Ritter Named Program Director at Triad Alternative School

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SARASOTA COUNTY, July 31, 2018 – Melanie Ritter has been named the new program director at Triad Alternative School effective July 30. A seasoned educator and administrator in Sarasota County for 20 years, Mrs. Ritter joins the Triad Alternative program from Venice High School where she served as assistant principal since 2015.

“I am thrilled that Mrs. Ritter will be leading our students and educators at Triad,” noted Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Mrs. Ritter brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience. She has years of in-the-field best practices with a variety of student populations in both alternative and public school settings. Her passion for student-focused methods has made her a particularly impactful educator for middle and high schools students.”

“We are very pleased to have Melanie step into her position at Triad Alternative School,” said Sonia Figaredo-Alberts, executive director of Pupil Support Services of Sarasota County Schools. “She understands the importance of stability when it comes to leading the instruction of students accessing an alternative education path. Mrs. Ritter has a mastery of leveraging results-focused data, and follows a disciplined structure that works to address a range of student achievement, emotional and behavioral needs.”

“I am very excited to take on my new role,” commented Melanie Ritter. “From my early days as a behavioral specialist, I have seen the value of structure and consistency and how they help shape a student’s educational perspective. I’m looking forward to bringing a collaborative, proactive approach that will heighten student engagement at Triad.”

Before her role at Venice High School, Mrs. Ritter was an assistant principal at Riverview High School from 2005 – 2015 where she focused on STEM courses for students, implemented and coordinated the International Baccalaureate Career Program, and executed the development of IEP’s and Behavior Plans to drive instruction. Before this administrative role, Mrs. Ritter was an assistant principal at Heron Creek Middle School from 2003 – 2005 and had a special assignment as an assistant principal at Phoenix Academy where she designed new discipline policies and procedures and interviewed for staff positions based on unique student needs. Mrs. Ritter has her Education Specialist Degree from National Louis University and a master’s degree in Vocational Education from Kent State University. Mrs. Ritter’s bachelor’s degree is in Education from John Carroll University.

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 at www.SarasotaCountySchools.net.

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Sarasota County Schools Files Inquiry with Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office regarding Principal Eddie Hundley

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July 30, 2018

Superintendent Todd Bowden, at the request of the Sarasota County School Board Chair, Bridget Ziegler, contacted the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office today and asked for an investigation into the misconduct of Lincoln Memorial Academy Principal Eddie Hundley, who provided a positive recommendation for Quentin Peterson, a teacher under investigation for inappropriate behavior with students. After an investigation by the Palmetto Police Department, Mr. Peterson was arrested on possession of child pornography earlier this spring. The Sheriff’s Office has assigned a detective to the case.

This is a follow-up action from April 30 when the school district filed an educator misconduct report to the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), noting Mr. Hundley’s failure to disclose an open investigation into the misconduct of Mr. Peterson, and providing a positive recommendation during an open investigation. The FLDOE continues to look into this matter.

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Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay Foundation to Fund Riverview IB’s Excellence & Equity Initiative

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Riverview High School

SARASOTA COUNTY, July 25, 2018 – The Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay Foundation will be the founding donor for Riverview High School’s Excellence & Equity (E2) Initiative, a pilot program that will support the existing International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) and the International Baccalaureate Career-related Program (IBCP). The E2 Initiative seeks to promote the inclusion and success of underrepresented students in the IBDP and IBCP.

The IBDP and IBCP provides some 750 motivated students with an opportunity to pursue a rigorous, globally-recognized university preparatory curriculum. Both programs empower students to pursue their own learning styles, strengths and challenges, based on their unique and shared patterns of values, knowledge and experience of the world and their place in it. Students can tailor their studies to fit their academic interests. Teachers serve as teammates, planning and sequencing course offerings of the very best in contemporary high school studies.

“We are thrilled to have the support of the Foundation,” commented Riverview High School Principal Erin del Castillo. “The IBDP and IBCP should be accessible to all students who desire to challenge themselves academically and vocationally. Cost and lack of supportive resources should not be an impediment to student success. The E2 Initiative ensures that the students within these two programs reflect the diversity and uniqueness of Riverview High School’s student body.”

“These programs are not for the faint of scholastic heart,” said Dr. James Minor, IB coordinator and English department chair of Riverview High School. “Students that participate in the IBDP and IBCP are slated to achieve great things but it is not without hard work and a huge investment of time. The E2 Initiative acknowledges equity gaps and ensures students facing unique challenges can participate with confidence and focus on achieving.”

The Foundation’s grant will be used for key areas including recruiting and E2 program promotion, case management, and Last Mile Scholarships. The latter will help fund pre-graduation expenses, such as campus visit travel costs, and post-graduation expenditures, including a dorm room setup and a summer bridge program, with the aim of reducing or eliminating students’ higher education indebtedness.

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 at www.SarasotaCountySchools.net.

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Sarasota County Schools set to manage Triad Alternative School Services

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July 24, 2018

For 25 years, Sarasota County Schools and the YMCA have partnered to provide alternative education services to students who have committed an expellable offense and are no longer able to attend traditional schools. The Triad Alternative School program provides individual academic and behavioral programs to meet the needs of each student, with the ultimate goal of re-entry to school, technical training, college or employment. For the 2018-19 school year, Sarasota County Schools will assume full responsibility for the operation of Triad. SCS will continue to provide quality educational services to existing and incoming Triad students.

“We are committed to providing crucial programs and services, such as Triad. We will always strive to make resources accessible to our most at-risk students,” noted Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “As we look to the future and enhance the school district’s overall mental and behavioral health programs, we will explore opportunities to further expand on programs. For now, we are determined that Triad students will have continuity in their program, and we look forward to a new school year and reaching successful outcomes together.”

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A Statement from Paul Grohowski, Chief of Police of Sarasota County Schools, on taking his Oath of Office

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Paul Grohowski

July 24, 2018

On Tuesday afternoon, Paul Grohowski took his Oath of Office amidst beloved family and friends, Sarasota County Schools personnel, members of the media, and the public. The crowd heard remarks from Superintendent Todd Bowden as well as Sarasota County School Board Chair Bridget Ziegler. The Honorable Judge Lee Haworth presided over the ceremony. Chief Grohowski is the first member of the Sarasota County Schools Police Department (SCSPD) to be sworn in.

“I am deeply honored to officially assume my role as Sarasota County School District Chief of Police. A ceremony like this has incredible meaning and significance, not only to me, but also to the parents and students within our county. This is a symbol of progress. The oath I took today will be the same oath our highly-trained Sarasota County Schools Police Department professionals will be taking at their own swearing in ceremonies. I take this oath with pride and pledge to deliver exceptional customer service.”

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A Statement from Jeff Maultsby, Assistant Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Sarasota County Schools, on his recent Board Approval

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Jeff Maultsby

July 19, 2018

On Tuesday afternoon, the Sarasota County School Board moved to approve Jeff Maultsby as the new Assistant Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Sarasota County Schools. Maultsby replaces Scott Lempe, who retired in June.

“I am thrilled to assume my new role at Sarasota County Schools. I have been in the fabric and culture of Sarasota and truly relish the opportunity to be part of this district’s innovative leadership team. There are many endeavors being launched in a variety of our departments this year including facilities, food and nutrition, public safety, communications and community relations – to name just a few. I look forward to maintaining a steady, proactive pace to deliver the best results for our students. As educational leaders, we are charged with the ever-growing responsibility of facilitating learning and equipping the future of our community through its students. Sarasota County Schools is a leading district in this pursuit and I am very pleased to join their ranks.”

Mr. Maultsby assumes his COO on Monday, July 23, 2018.

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Statement from Dr. Todd Bowden, Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools, on his Upcoming Annual Evaluation

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“I am incredibly thankful to our school leaders, teachers and classified staff members who have contributed to a successful year throughout the school district. Our shared vision for maintaining a tradition of excellence in our schools has brought forth incredible results, including another “A” grade from the state for the 15th consecutive year and improvements in key content and curriculum areas. Our students are thriving and the strategies we’ve employed since I assumed the job of superintendent are working. There is still much work to be done, however, to close the achievement gap and ensure success for all students, and I look forward to working together to bridge the divide and promote successful academic, artistic and athletic outcomes for students throughout Sarasota County. I am honored to serve as superintendent of this supportive community and look forward to even greater outcomes this next year and beyond.”

On Tuesday, the Sarasota County School Board will issue its annual evaluation of the superintendent during the 3 p.m. School Board meeting. In anticipation of the evaluation, Dr. Bowden prepared an overview of the year’s accomplishments to school board members for their review. Highlights of the year include:

  • District Performance on State Accountability Measures
    • “A” rated District for 15 consecutive years - every year since grades have been awarded
    • 4 percentage point increase from 2016-17 to 2017-18 (63% to 67%)
    • 37 total point increase from 2016-17 to 2017-18 (697 to 734)
    • Increased in 8 of 11 measures of district performance
    • Maintained in 3 of 11 measures of district performance
    • No decrease in any measure of district performance
  • Renewal of Referendum
    • On March 20, 2018, voters in Sarasota overwhelmingly supported the renewal of our 1 mil of operating revenue with 78.62% in favor – the highest percentage ever!
  • Collective Bargaining
    • Two-year agreement
    • Implemented Performance Pay for all instructional staff
    • Ended longevity for all employees
    • Ended Step/Lane salary schedules for all employees
  • District Leadership during Hurricane Irma
    • During Hurricane Irma, the district sheltered over 20,000 residents in 14 shelters
    • According to the “Sarasota County Hurricane Irma After-Action Report/Improvement Plan” commissioned by Sarasota County, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, [the] “School District staff stepped up to help with the unprecedented sheltering operation.”
  • Legislative Appropriation to Support Summer Learning
    • Worked with legislative delegation and Lobbyist to secure $500k to support and expand summer learning
  • Earned Florida Superintendent Special Certification through the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) and the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE)
  • Continued Financial Excellence
    • According to outside auditor Cherry Bekaert, “No reportable deficiencies were identified during the current year” – a clean audit!
    • District received both the GFOA and ASBO awards for the fourteenth consecutive year
      • Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) – Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
      • Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) – Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting
  • School Safety and Security
    • Capital building campaign to alter physical security of school sites
    • Launch of internal Police Department to enhance human security
    • Funding of social, emotional and behavioral elements to bolster emotional security and well-being
  • Strategic Restructuring at District and School Sites
    • Assistant Superintendent for Instruction staff
    • Combine Curriculum and Staff Development Departments to create integrated grade level teams to support elementary, middle, and high schools
    • Adjust staffing ratios to provide additional support at school sites
      • Minimum of 1 Assistant Principal at each elementary school
      • Minimum of 2 Assistant Principals at each middle school
      • Reorganize high school administrative teams
        • Assistant Principal for Curriculum
        • Assistant Principal for Administration
  • Strengthen Partnerships with local Foundations and individual donors
    • Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation: Teacher training in Math, Reading Recovery, FSU SSTRIDE, Fresh Fruits & Vegetables, Teacher Recruitment, Educators Rising, High School Intensive Language Arts, Mental Health Community Scan, Crisis Text Line, STEMsmart, TechACTIVE, UF Innovation Station, Parenting Matters at EEB
    • Community Foundation of Sarasota County: Mental Health Therapist, afterschool tutoring, Summer Learning Academies, student scholarships, EdExploreSRQ, Student Emergency Fund
    • Education Foundation: College/Career Centers, Teacher of the Year, STEM Fair, SRQ Hacks, CreateSRQ, EdExploreSRQ, school and teacher grants
    • Gulf Coast Community Foundation: Reading Recovery, KidsREAD, KidsSWIM, STEMsmart, ACT support, TechACTIVE, student scholarships, Civility Squad, STC Internship Training, Schoolhouse Links, SRQ Hacks, STEM Fair, school grants
    • The Patterson Foundation: Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading (e.g., Attendance Poster Contest, Kindergarten Literacy Bags), Summer Book Challenge, Data Dashboard Specialist, EdExploreSRQ
  • Opened Suncoast Technical College – North Port
    • Full-service technical college
    • Unique partnership with state and local governments
      • State of Florida – $3 million legislative appropriation
      • Sarasota County – co-location of the Shannon Staub Library
      • City of North Port – funding to include conference center
  • Policy Review
    • Working with the School Board, initiated a review of the district’s policy manual to strengthen and clarify processes and procedure to align with future goals
  • Implementation of Data Dashboards
    • District (School) grade overall
    • District attendance & out of school suspension
    • Reading performance: i-Ready & Achieve3000
    • Middle and high school acceleration
  • Provide up-to-date technology to support instruction and infrastructure improvements to enhance information systems capacity and efficiency
    • The final phase of the 3-year ActivPanel replacement project was completed at all schools and departments across the district.
    • Complete replacement of the district’s domain controller server infrastructure along with the decommissioning of over 150 antiquated servers at school sites.

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Carol Kay Brown Named Director of Leadership at Sarasota County Schools

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Carol Kay Brown

SARASOTA COUNTY, July 18, 2018 – Carol Kay Brown has been named the new director of leadership at Sarasota County Schools effective July 17. A Hillsborough County Schools educator for 19 years, Mrs. Brown joins the Sarasota community from Robles Elementary in Tampa, where she served as principal since 2017. Brown’s position with the district was formerly held by Dr. Wendy Katz.

“Mrs. Brown will be a dynamic addition to the district as the new director of leadership at Sarasota County Schools,” commented Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Her extensive developmental experience and passion for fostering team dynamics will be essential. Additionally, her prowess for professional growth and training will equip instructors to better serve our students. Her talents will be greatly utilized at Sarasota County Schools.”

“I am thrilled at the opportunity to bring my knowledge and experience to the district,” commented Carol Kay Brown. “I look forward to assisting my colleagues in realizing their greater potential through results-driven initiatives and quality training. I am dedicated to the continued success of Sarasota’s students, and that strong foundation starts with our teachers and leaders.”

“Mrs. Brown has a proven track record that boasts student achievement and development,” noted Dr. Laura Kingsley, assistant superintendent/chief academic officer. “Carol has received numerous awards that speak to her continued pursuit of excellence, not only for herself, but also for her students and instructors that have served under her leadership. She is a steward of innovative and diversified programs, a focus that will surely enhance our district.”

Before her role at Robles Elementary, Mrs. Brown was the principal at MOSI Partnership Elementary from 2013 – 2017 where she was responsible for numerous educational collaborations as well as implementing professional learning communities and procedures for instructional staff. Before that administrative role, Mrs. Brown was the principal at Temple Terrace Elementary School from 2010 – 2013, the assistant principal for elementary instruction at Temple Terrace Elementary School from 2005 – 2010, and a second-grade teacher at Temple Terrace Elementary School from 2001 – 2005. Mrs. Brown has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. She is currently pursuing her Educational Doctorate in Innovative Education at the University of South Florida.

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 at www.SarasotaCountySchools.net.

A Statement from Paul Grohowski, Chief of Police of Sarasota County Schools, on his recent Board Approval

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Paul Growhowski

July 17, 2018

On Tuesday evening, the Sarasota County School Board moved to approve Paul Grohowski as the new Chief of Police for the Sarasota County Schools Police Department. 

“I am thrilled to receive the School Board’s approval and humbly accept the honor of protecting our community’s students. As a father of four and a seasoned law enforcement professional, I am acutely aware of the rapidly changing climate that is school security. Each student, teacher, staff member and visitor has the right to learn, teach and grow in an environment that is safe. The Sarasota County School District is at the forefront of implementing increased safety measures, establishing more robust security protocols, and installing state-of-the-art technology and materials to heighten security on school campuses. I look forward to leading a law enforcement team of highly-trained and dedicated professionals whose sole purpose is to provide an exceptional level of service, dedicated to safeguarding our children.  It is a true honor to oversee the Sarasota County Schools Police Department and serve the families of this great community.”

A Statement from Dr. Todd Bowden on the Upcoming Superintendent Annual Evaluation

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Dr. Todd Bowden reading to students

July 16, 2018 

“I am incredibly thankful to our school leaders, teachers and classified staff members who have contributed to a successful year throughout the school district. Our shared vision for maintaining a tradition of excellence in our schools has brought forth incredible results, including another “A” grade from the state for the 15th consecutive year and improvements in key content and curriculum areas. Our students are thriving and the strategies we’ve employed since I assumed the job of superintendent are working. There is still much work to be done, however, to close the achievement gap and ensure success for all students, and I look forward to working together to bridge the divide and promote successful academic, artistic and athletic outcomes for students throughout Sarasota County. I am honored to serve as superintendent of this supportive community and look forward to even greater outcomes this next year and beyond.”

On Tuesday, the Sarasota County School Board will issue its annual evaluation of the superintendent during the 3 p.m. School Board meeting. In anticipation of the evaluation, Dr. Bowden prepared an overview of the year’s accomplishments to school board members for their review. Highlights of the year include:

  • District Performance on State Accountability Measures
    • “A” rated District for 15 consecutive years - every year since grades have been awarded
    • 4 percentage point increase from 2016-17 to 2017-18 (63% to 67%)
    • 37 total point increase from 2016-17 to 2017-18 (697 to 734)
    • Increased in 8 of 11 measures of district performance
    • Maintained in 3 of 11 measures of district performance
    • No decrease in any measure of district performance
  • Renewal of Referendum
    • On March 20, 2018, voters in Sarasota overwhelmingly supported the renewal of our 1 mil of operating revenue with 78.62% in favor – the highest percentage ever!
  • Collective Bargaining
    • Two-year agreement
    • Implemented Performance Pay for all instructional staff
    • Ended longevity for all employees
    • Ended Step/Lane salary schedules for all employees

District Leadership during Hurricane Irma

    • During Hurricane Irma, the district sheltered over 20,000 residents in 14 shelters
    • According to the “Sarasota County Hurricane Irma After-Action Report/Improvement Plan” commissioned by Sarasota County, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, [the] “School District staff stepped up to help with the unprecedented sheltering operation.”
  • Legislative Appropriation to Support Summer Learning
    • Worked with legislative delegation and Lobbyist to secure $500k to support and expand summer learning
  • Earned Florida Superintendent Special Certification through the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) and the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE)
  • Continued Financial Excellence
    • According to outside auditor Cherry Bekaert, “No reportable deficiencies were identified during the current year” – a clean audit!
    • District received both the GFOA and ASBO awards for the fourteenth consecutive year
      • Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) – Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
      • Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) – Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting

School Safety and Security

    • Capital building campaign to alter physical security of school sites
    • Launch of internal Police Department to enhance human security
    • Funding of social, emotional and behavioral elements to bolster emotional security and well-being

 

  • Strategic Restructuring at District and School Sites
    • Assistant Superintendent for Instruction staff
    • Combine Curriculum and Staff Development Departments to create integrated grade level teams to support elementary, middle, and high schools
    • Adjust staffing ratios to provide additional support at school sites
      • Minimum of 1 Assistant Principal at each elementary school
      • Minimum of 2 Assistant Principals at each middle school
      • Reorganize high school administrative teams
        • Assistant Principal for Curriculum
        • Assistant Principal for Administration
  • Strengthen Partnerships with local Foundations and individual donors
    • Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation: Teacher training in Math, Reading Recovery, FSU SSTRIDE, Fresh Fruits & Vegetables, Teacher Recruitment, Educators Rising, High School Intensive Language Arts, Mental Health Community Scan, Crisis Text Line, STEMsmart, TechACTIVE, UF Innovation Station, Parenting Matters at EEB
    • Community Foundation of Sarasota County: Mental Health Therapist, afterschool tutoring, Summer Learning Academies, student scholarships, EdExploreSRQ, Student Emergency Fund
    • Education Foundation: College/Career Centers, Teacher of the Year, STEM Fair, SRQ Hacks, CreateSRQ, EdExploreSRQ, school and teacher grants
    • Gulf Coast Community Foundation: Reading Recovery, KidsREAD, KidsSWIM, STEMsmart, ACT support, TechACTIVE, student scholarships, Civility Squad, STC Internship Training, Schoolhouse Links, SRQ Hacks, STEM Fair, school grants
    • The Patterson Foundation: Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading (e.g., Attendance Poster Contest, Kindergarten Literacy Bags), Summer Book Challenge, Data Dashboard Specialist, EdExploreSRQ

Opened Suncoast Technical College – North Port

    • Full-service technical college
    • Unique partnership with state and local governments
      • State of Florida – $3 million legislative appropriation
      • Sarasota County – co-location of the Shannon Staub Library
      • City of North Port – funding to include conference center
  • Policy Review
    • Working with the School Board, initiated a review of the district’s policy manual to strengthen and clarify processes and procedure to align with future goals
  • Implementation of Data Dashboards
    • District (School) grade overall
    • District attendance & out of school suspension
    • Reading performance: i-Ready & Achieve3000
    • Middle and high school acceleration
  • Provide up-to-date technology to support instruction and infrastructure improvements to enhance information systems capacity and efficiency
    • The final phase of the 3-year ActivPanel replacement project was completed at all schools and departments across the district.
    • Complete replacement of the district’s domain controller server infrastructure along with the decommissioning of over 150 antiquated servers at school sites.

The annual review of the superintendent will take place during the July 17, 2018 Board Meeting at the Landings starting at 3 p.m.

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Jeff Maultsby Named Assistant Superintendent and COO

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Jeff Maultsby

SARASOTA COUNTY, June 28, 2018 – Jeff Maultsby has been named the Assistant Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Sarasota County Schools, pending School Board approval. Mr. Maultsby comes to the school district after a long-standing tenure with the Sarasota County Government where he most notably served as director of Business and Economic Development and was the county’s primary liaison, contract manager and administrative agent with the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, Visit Sarasota County, the Arts and Cultural Alliance and the Sarasota County Fair Association. Mr. Maultsby brings a wealth of administrative experience and community leadership to the school district, where he will oversee school-based operations, human resources, communications, public safety and long-range planning teams. 

“Jeff Maultsby has many strengths and the one that really stands out for me is his connection to the Sarasota County community,” commented Dr. Todd Bowden, superintendent, Sarasota County Schools. “Jeff has a proven track record of cultivating government and business relationships, and I am excited for him to assume the role of COO and lead our school district during this period of growth and excellence.”

“I am excited for the opportunity to continue the operational and organizational excellence of the Sarasota County School District,” noted Jeff Maultsby. “The variety of job functions that I will manage is a huge attraction both personally and professionally. After 10 years with the Sarasota County Government, I believe this is the right job at the right time for me, especially given the emphasis on planning and school safety. The fact that I will be a part of the team to educate and inspire students in the county is a huge benefit, and I look forward to supporting the Superintendent, School Board, staff and students in this capacity.”

Mr. Maultsby joins Sarasota County Schools at a time of continued progress with the school district receiving its 15th consecutive “A” grade from the state of Florida for improvements in student achievement. His tenure as a government official and business leader make him an ideal candidate to serve the school district and propel its operational functions forward. Before joining the Sarasota County Government, Mr. Maultsby was the director of Field Operations with the Cincinnati Reds where he was responsible for marketing, sales and business development for the Class A Affiliate Florida State League Sarasota Reds, Extended Spring Training, Gulf Coast and Florida Instructional Leagues. Under his leadership, the organization realized a 500% increase in sales from 2003 to 2007. He also worked for other notable baseball organizations, including the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers. In addition, he served as a Field Office Coordinator and Senior Life/Health Underwriter for the State Farm Insurance Company. In addition to his professional success, Mr. Maultsby is an active member of the Sarasota community and currently serves as a Board Member for numerous organizations, including the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, the Community Rowing Foundation and the Dattoli Cancer Foundation. 

Key areas of responsibility for Mr. Maultsby will include facilities, construction, food and nutrition services, transportation, public safety, human resources, communications and community relations and long-range planning. Mr. Maultsby has an MBA from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and a bachelor’s degree in Business and Sports Management from Florida Southern College. A Florida native, Mr. Maultsby currently resides in Lakewood Ranch.

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 at www.SarasotaCountySchools.net.

 

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