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Sarasota County Schools Police Department Welcomes One Officer and One Sergeant at Oath of Office Ceremony

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SCSPD Oath of Office August 21

SARASOTA COUNTY, August 22, 2018 – The Sarasota County Schools Police Department (SCSPD) officially welcomed one Police Officer and one Police Sergeant into its ranks Tuesday after holding an Oath of Office ceremony following the School Board meeting, where the two positions were approved.

“We are thrilled to welcome two more talented law enforcement professionals into the SCSPD,” said Dr. Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Our students, parents and staff members have all embraced our School Resource Officers. The outpouring of support and confidence from the community is well-placed. The 2018-2019 school year is off to a strong start, and we look forward to adding more officers to our department in the future.”

“We are making a strong and solid impression on our campuses,” noted Sarasota County School District Chief of Police Paul Grohowski. “The result is an enhanced sense of trust from our parents, staff members and most importantly, our students. We look forward to deepening these relationships and creating a new model of Exceptional Customer Service for school-based police forces. It is an exciting time full of growth.”

Please join us in recognizing the two newest members of the SCSPD:

  • Sergeant Duane Oakes
    • Sergeant Oakes is a US Army veteran with 24 years of law enforcement experience. Most recently, Sergeant Oakes served 4 years as the Chief of Police in Alamosa, Colorado. He is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy (FBINA) and was the recent President of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.
  • Officer Steven Roy
    • Officer Roy is a United States Marine Corps veteran and a 20-year veteran of the Connecticut State Police. As a Trooper, Officer Roy served in numerous capacities. Most notably, he served as a member of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and as a K9 handler.

About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 53 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time, but do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit www.SarasotaCountySchools.net.

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Cranberry Principal, Linda Daniels, Announces Retirement

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Principal Linda Daniels

Linda Daniels, principal at Cranberry Elementary, announces retirement

SARASOTA COUNTY, August 21, 2018 – Linda Daniels, principal at Cranberry Elementary in North Port has announced her retirement effective December 31, 2018. A 34-year veteran of Sarasota County Schools, Mrs. Daniels is the first principal at Cranberry Elementary and has served in this capacity for the last 16 years when the school initially opened. Prior to that, she was an assistant principal at Toledo Blade Elementary and served as a teacher at Alta Vista and Glenallen elementary schools. The 2017 Principal of the Year, Mrs. Daniels has been instrumental in building a stellar reputation at Cranberry, including maintaining an A-grade from the Florida Department of Education for 13 years. Sarasota County Schools will implement a principal site analysis and focus group on September 25 to identify the qualities needed for Cranberry’s next principal.
 

“There is no one like Linda Daniels,” noted Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “She is an amazing administrator and has worked hard to establish Cranberry Elementary as a high-performing school for more than a decade. Her passion and commitment to the North Port community is unparalleled, and we will greatly miss her enthusiasm and leadership.”

“I feel incredibly blessed to have worked for Sarasota County Schools for 34 years,” commented Linda Daniels, principal at Cranberry Elementary. “My experiences as a teacher and school leader have been incredibly rewarding. For now, I want parents to know that I leave their children in good hands – the teachers, staff and administrators at Cranberry are the best of the best and they will continue to inspire our children in amazing ways.”
 

“Principal Daniels has led and served the students, staff and families of the Sarasota County School District in the finest manner possible,” remarked Christopher Renouf, executive director of Elementary Schools. “Her legacy, commitment to excellence and unwavering belief in every child’s ability to succeed will always be remembered. The indelible impact that Linda Daniels has had on each of us is a gift for which we are all grateful.”

Sarasota County Schools will hold a public forum and focus group on September 25 at Cranberry Elementary for parents and staff to assist with identifying the qualities needed for Cranberry’s next principal. The school district will use the information shared to shape the job description of the position and for hiring purposes. Parents are encouraged to visit the Cranberry Elementary website between now and September 25 for details on how to participate in the study, including feedback in advance of the meeting.
 

About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 53 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time and do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit www.SarasotaCountySchools.net.

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Sarasota County Schools Partners with Gulf Coast Community Foundation to Encourage Civility and Good Manners among Students and the Community

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Civility Squad

SARASOTA COUNTY, August 11, 2018 – Just in time for back-to-school, Sarasota County Schools has partnered with Gulf Coast Community Foundation to introduce The Civility Squad, a cast of characters that emphasize ten principles of civility, throughout the school community this year. This initiative supports the belief that all students should be able to come to safe, positive, and civil schools every day.

The effort is a revitalization of the foundation’s Because It Matters civility campaign and uses character traits such as staying positive, saying thank you and listening among others to improve behavioral outcomes for students and our community. Each month, a new trait will be introduced and integrated into schools, buses, cafeterias and district offices. The school district’s focus is to develop skills, values, and motivation to effect positive change.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Gulf Coast Community Foundation to promote positive messaging and behavioral outcomes for our students,” noted Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “The Civility Squad is targeted to students K-12 and reinforces traits imperative to foster a positive community experience throughout our school district. This initiative is an important extension of our academic experience and we are thankful to Gulf Coast Community Foundation for their support.”

“Our initiative provides the prompts and inspiration to help people communicate in more effective and respectful ways, but it is really up to the community to put these principles into action,” said Dr. Mark S. Pritchett, president and CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. “Sarasota County Schools has embraced The Civility Squad and is infusing civility throughout the school community in fun and creative ways. We can’t wait to see the impact, especially among our students.”

“A positive climate and a culture that promotes civility are the foundation for the highest levels of academic achievement for all students”, said Debra Giacolone, supervisor of Student Services, Sarasota County Schools. “The principles of civility will be our way of work as we move forward during the 2018-2019 school year.”

With an emphasis on mental and behavioral health, the need for The Civility Squad to inspire students about positivity one good deed at a time is imperative to build an encouraging atmosphere in schools. The campaign will kick off on the first day of school, August 13. In addition to classroom materials, the school district will employ messaging throughout its schools, on buses, on social and digital media and in the community to reinforce positive behaviors aligned with the program. Everyone throughout Sarasota County is encouraged to learn more and participate in this year-long campaign.

About Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Together with its donors, Gulf Coast Community Foundation transforms our region through bold and proactive philanthropy. Gulf Coast is a public charity that was created in 1995 through the sale of the Venice Hospital. Since then, it has become the philanthropic home of more than 700 families who have established charitable funds there and has invested $300 million in grants in the areas of health and human services, civic and economic development, education, arts and culture, and the environment. Learn more at GulfCoastCF.org.

About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 53 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time and do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit www.SarasotaCountySchools.net

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Sarasota County Schools and Sarasota YMCA Partner to Ensure School Enrollment for All Students

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Schoolhouse Link

SARASOTA COUNTY, August 10, 2018 – Sarasota County Schools and the Sarasota YMCA are teaming up to raise awareness about school enrollment options and resources for students and their families that do not have a permanent address. The McKinney-Vento Act of 2001 provides services that support the enrollment, attendance and success in school for students in residential transition. In Sarasota County, these services are provided through the Schoolhouse Link program, a partnership between the Sarasota County School Board and the Sarasota YMCA.

“Every child in our county has the right to a quality education,” stated Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “We want to empower our community’s families and connect them with resources, like Schoolhouse Link, to help ease the strain that often arises during back to school preparations. Every family needs a support system and we are here to help. We want our students to succeed, and their home status should not hinder that success.”

“Our community’s children are important and we are committed to helping them,” commented Ellen McLaughlin, program director for The Sarasota Y Schoolhouse Link. “Back-to-school should be a fun and exciting time for students, not a time that causes worry and strife. We are here to take away the stigma of asking for help. Sarasota students in residential transition have a right to these services. We encourage families in need to contact us so we can help their students start off the school year with confidence and stability.”

To learn more about the Schoolhouse Link program, please visit: https://www.sarasotaymca.org/schoolhouselink/

About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 53 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time, but do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit www.SarasotaCountySchools.net

About Sarasota YMCA

The Sarasota Family YMCA, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the community through youth development by nurturing the potential of every child and teen; healthy living by improving the community’s health and well-being; and social responsibility by giving back and providing support to our neighbors. Every day, the Y works to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

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Sarasota County Schools Police Department Welcomes 12 Officers and 2 Sergeants at Oath of Office Ceremony

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SARASOTA COUNTY, August 9, 2018 – The Sarasota County Schools Police Department (SCSPD) officially welcomed 12 officers and 2 sergeants into its ranks today after holding an Oath of Office ceremony on Wednesday. The School Board of Sarasota County approved the officers and sergeants at Tuesday evening’s Board meeting.

“We are extremely excited and proud to welcome these fine men and women into the Sarasota County Schools family,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “The talent amassed in this group of stellar law enforcement officials is impressive. We appreciate how the community has embraced our officers and sergeants, and look forward to working collaboratively to keep our campuses safe.” 

“Our children are the leaders of tomorrow and we are honored to protect them,” commented Michael Andreas, director of Safety & Security of Sarasota County Schools. “We have assembled an incredible team that boasts a wide variety of skills and experience. The men and women of the SCSPD are talented, driven and acutely focused on keeping our students and school personnel safe and secure.”

“I am humbled to lead these outstanding men and women,” noted Paul Grohowski, chief of police of the SCSPD. “The interview process was difficult and intense, but these officers and sergeants passed with flying colors. All of them have exactly what it takes to serve our schools and protect our community’s most precious gift, our children. Combined, the SCSPD has over 544 years of law enforcement experience. We are committed to excellence and delivering quality care and security.”

Please join us in recognizing the newest members of the SCSPD:

  • Sergeant Steve Kim
    • He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. with 10 years of law enforcement experience. Sergeant Kim has served with the Port St. Lucie Police Department and Oviedo Police Department.
  • Sergeant Todd Perna
    • He has proudly served for the past 15 years at the Sarasota Police Department. Sergeant Perna was a member of the multi-agency Gang Task Force here in Sarasota County for 12 years.
  • Officer Joseph Hayes
    • He has 31 years of law enforcement experience, 21 of which were as a supervisor in some capacity or another. Officer Hayes has served as a SWAT Team Member, a Detective and a Narcotics Detective, among other assignments. He will initially provide relief/back up to allow two of the assigned officers to attend a one-week CIT course in late August.
  • Officer Michael Halpin
    • He faithfully served the citizens of New York City as a NYPD Officer from 1996 to 2016. Officer Halpin served in the highly-elite, Counter-Terrorism Unit in Manhattan South, among other assignments. He will initially provide relief/back up to allow two of the assigned officers to attend a one-week CIT course in late August. Officer Halpin is also being tasked to assess the security plans for the upcoming football season and to work with the athletic directors throughout the county for purposes of risk-assessment at large, public gatherings.
  • Officer Marino Rotondo
    • He joins SCSPD from the East Rutherford, New Jersey Police Department. Officer Rotondo served with distinction for 18 ½ years in both the Patrol Division and was the Supervisor of the Traffic Safety Bureau for over 14 years. He will be the School Resource Officer at Cranberry Elementary School.
  • Officer Robert Giarraputo
    • He served with the NYPD with distinction for 20 years. Officer Giarraputo was heavily commended for his efforts in the restoration of the Williamsburg Neighborhood, efforts that were recognized by the Honor Legions and the American Legions. He will be the School Resource Officer for Alta Vista Elementary School.
  • Officer John McDaniel
    • He started his service in law enforcement as a Police Cadet at the age of 19. Office McDaniel has served as a Detective, a Patrol Sergeant and an Assistant Chief of Police, among other varied assignments. He will be the School Resource Officer at Atwater Elementary School.
  • Officer Courtney Zak
    • She served with distinction at the St. Petersburg Police Department for 12 years. Office Zak has served as a Field Training Officer, a Community Service Officer and a Hostage Negotiator, among other assignments. She will be the School Resource Officer at Southside Elementary School.
  • Officer James O’Leary
    • He has over 30 years of law enforcement experience from the Norwalk Connecticut Police Department. Officer O’Leary served with evident distinction, earning the Officer of the Quarter award an unprecedented six times. He will be the School Resource Officer at Toledo Blade Elementary School.
  • Officer Salvatore Gianino
    • He is a 20-year veteran Officer from the NYPD. Officer Gianino served in numerous capacities, most notably a member of the highly-elite Counter-Terrorism Unit. He will be the School Resource Officer at Tuttle Elementary School.
  • Officer John Dominguez
    • He is an Army veteran with 13 years of law enforcement experience. Officer Dominguez served two highly successful overseas deployments and has experience in Narcotics and Criminal Investigations. He will be the School Resource Officer for Gulf Gate Elementary School.
  • Officer James Wheatley
    • He served with the Wharton Police Department for 21 years. Officer Wheatley has served as a DARE Officer as well as a Sergeant for 12 years in Patrol. He will be the School Resource Officer at Bay Haven School of Basics Plus.
  • Officer James McCarrick
    • He served the Wheeling Illinois Police Department for 27 years. Officer McCarick has served as a Detective, a Youth Officer and an Evidence Technician, among other assignments. He will be the School Resource Officer at Glenallen Elementary School.
  • Officer Mary McCarrick
    • She served the Chicago Police Department for 27 years. Officer McCarrick has served as a Field Training Officer, a Detective and a member of a pick-pocket task force as a Tactical Team Member. She will be the School Resource Officer at Lamarque Elementary School.

About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 53 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time, but do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit www.SarasotaCountySchools.net.

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Sarasota County Schools Gears Up for the First Day of School on Monday, August 13

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Back To School

SARASOTA COUNTY, August 7, 2018 – Sarasota County Schools is primed and ready to begin the 2018—2019 school year strong. Fresh off another A-graded year, the district remains committed to student success, focused on enhancing the leadership potential of its educators and dedicated to maintaining the safety and security of all students and personnel.

“We are excited to welcome our students back for another great year,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Our educators and students achieved a lot last year, but there is still more learning and growing to be done. We are always looking to maintain a standard of excellence and build on our success. We continually evaluate our approaches to ensure we are meeting and exceeding the needs of our talented students, and look forward to continuing the momentum from last year.”

Here are a few key points for parents and students to keep in mind as they prepare to go back to school:

New Administrative Leaders

  • Assistant Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer – Jeff Maultsby
  • Executive Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Management – Michael D. Andreas
  • Director of Leadership – Carol Kay Brown
  • Sarasota County School District Chief of Police – Paul Grohowski
  • Principal of Atwater Elementary School – Cynthia Thro
  • Principal of Tuttle Elementary School – Dr. Patti Folino
  • Program Director of Triad Alternative School – Melanie Ritter
  • Principal of Venice Middle School – Tomas Dinverno
  • Principal of Lamarque Elementary School – Troy Thompson

Sarasota County Schools Police Department

In proactive response to SB 7026, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, Sarasota County Schools has formed the Sarasota County Schools Police Department (SCSPD). The school-based police force has a combined 544 years of law enforcement experience. Led by a Chief of Police, at completion the department will have three sergeants overseeing 21-24 school resource officers. As the hiring and training of SCSPD officers is on-going, the elementary schools within the city limits of North Port, Venice, and Sarasota cities will be staffed with SCSPD officers first, with the elementary schools in non-city zoned parts of the county being staffed by school resource deputies provided by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. District middle schools and high schools will also have school resource deputies.

Increased Safety and Security on School Campuses

Parents can expect some changes at each school and are encouraged to get to know their School Resource Officer. Parents and students must now access their school through a single point of entry at the front office. School gates will always remain locked, and parents and visitors must sign in and go through a security identification check at the front office. Camera pathways have been enhanced throughout school grounds and school emergency codes—code red, code yellow, etc.—have been replaced by plain-language announcements that students and staff will hear over the school intercom should an emergency occur. Parents are highly encouraged to sign up for the district’s Connect-Ed email and text message alert service through their respective school as well as Follow the Sarasota County Schools’ official Facebook page..

Sarasota County Schools’ App

The district has an innovative app, perfect for keeping students and families in the know about the latest district news, events and other information. On the app, parents can choose specific schools to follow, access district calendars and lunch menus, keep up with their favorite school sports teams and see news and social media posts from the district, all in one place. Users can also access the district’s Student and Parent Portal to track grades and attendance. The Sarasota County Schools app is available as a free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Office of Community Involvement

The Volunteer and Partnership Office is now known as the Office of Community Involvement. The name change comes on the heels of a district-wide initiative to recruit 1,000 new volunteers over the next school year. Parents, volunteers and business partners can expect the same excellent experience with the newly-named Office, and are encouraged to reach out to others and get involved. The Office of Community Involvement can be reached at 941.927.9000 ext. 31500 or communityinvolvement@sarasotacountyschools.net.

Pupil Support Services

Ensure your student’s diverse needs are met by exploring the services and programs provided by Pupil Support Services. Sarasota County’s schools are inclusive and accessible to all students regardless of their learning path and individual needs. Services include school choice, Gifted testing and placement, emotional and behavioral health, alternative schooling, ESE occupational and physical therapy, homebound or hospitalized schooling in addition to many more. Call 941.927.9000 ext. 31109 for more information.

Bus Routes

Recently moved? Brand new to Sarasota County? You can go to our online portal to look up your student’s bus route based on your address. Our Transportation Department has also provided some helpful back-to-school bus safety information, particularly important for first-time bus riders. Learn all you need to know about school bus safety by clicking  here. Be sure to check out the transportation FAQs for additional helpful information.

School Lunch Menus

At Sarasota County Schools, we want our students to be happy and healthy. Our Food and Nutrition Services team is dedicated to delivering high-quality breakfast and lunch meals—a staggering 32,000 on a given day—to schools throughout Sarasota County. Learn more about the school lunch menus and our nutrition initiatives by visiting their page on our website.   

 

About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 53 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time, but do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on social media or visit www.SarasotaCountySchools.net.

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A Statement from Dr. Todd Bowden, Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools, on the Upcoming School Board Meeting

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SCS News

August 6, 2018

“As we rapidly approach the beginning of the 2018—2019 school year, I want to take a moment and reflect on all of the successes of this past year. Our 15th consecutive “A” grade, the 4-percentage point increase from 2016-17 to 2017-18, the renewal of the referendum – none of these milestones would have been possible without the effort and valuable support of our district’s teachers. I had the pleasure of addressing our administrative, operational and instructional leaders recently at our Summer Leadership Institute. The energy and passion in the room was contagious, and it was clear to me that our district, without a doubt, has the most committed educators championing for educational excellence. Our community’s students are at the heart of what we do, and they are the driving force for our policies.

That is why I have written to the School Board, requesting that they delay any discussions concerning my employment contract until after the start of school and after the board elections have concluded. The primary focus of time and energy should be on our students and teachers. Though there are a myriad of diverse opinions and methodologies among the current School Board members, I have confidence in their operational prowess and ability to rise above any divisive distractions. We are all equally focused on positively elevating our district and its students to their highest collective potential. Great work has already been done, but there are more opportunities on the horizon to further close, and hopefully eventually eradicate, the achievement gap among our diverse and unique student population. I look forward to collaborating with our School Board to increasingly meet and exceed the needs of our students and their families.

I am committed to the academic, civic and emotional growth of our students. The strategies we’ve employed since I assumed the job of superintendent are working and it’s exciting to see our students thrive. I am thankful to the supportive community of Sarasota for valuing our students and standing alongside district educators to ensure continued opportunities for all. I am honored to serve as the Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools.”

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A Statement from Dr. LaShawn Frost, Principal of Booker Middle School, on Booker Middle Receiving CFES Distinction

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LaShawn Frost

August 1, 2018

Booker Middle School has been named a College For Every Student (CFES) Brilliant Pathways School of Distinction. CFES Brilliant Pathways, founded in 1991 in central New York, aims to help students unlock their brightest futures. CFES Brilliant Pathways empowers educators and gives communities a chance to participate in the 21st-century economy, leveling the playing field for 100,000 students for over 25 years. Their programs introduce students to college and career possibilities, provide crucial resources to educators— such as professional development, support and evaluation, and workshops—and help students and their families demystify the path to college. Booker Middle School not only developed and executed an exemplary plan for its CFES Scholars, but also involved the entire school in the CFES core practices of Mentoring, Essential Skills, and Pathways.

“We are thrilled to be selected as a CFES Brilliant Pathways School of Distinction,” commented Dr. LaShawn Frost, principal of Booker Middle School. “Our team strives hard every day to ensure a high-quality education for our students. The foundation for college and career success starts early. Our plan embraces CFES principles and enables students to hone in on vital concepts they will carry with them well beyond their time at Booker Middle. We are empowering them to take hold of their brilliant futures.”

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