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Fruitville Elem-New classroom bldg Aug 2016

READY FOR DAY ONE: Helen Cao, a first-grade teacher at Fruitville Elementary, shows a classroom in the school's new building to her sons Ethan (middle), a third-grade student at Fruitville, and Eli, a first-grade student there. School starts Aug. 22 in Sarasota County.

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SARASOTA COUNTY, Aug. 19, 2016 – Students return to Sarasota County classrooms Monday, Aug. 22. Here is some basic information about the district:


40 traditional public schools: 23 elementary schools, seven middle schools, six high schools, one K-8 school (Laurel Nokomis), one gifted school (Pine View, grades two-12), one school for students with special needs (Oak Park, pre-K to age 22), one alternative school (YMCA Triad, north and south campuses)

Suncoast Technical College (high school/adult students; Sarasota, Venice, North Port campuses)

12 charter schools

Adult and Community Enrichment (ACE), based at Suncoast Technical College


Projected 2016-17 General Fund (Operating) Budget:

$423 million


Total Projected Student Enrollment:

Approximately 43,500 students


Number of Employees:

4,933 (2,705 teachers, 2,025 support staff, 203 administrators)


New Principals (traditional public schools):

Amy Archer, Garden Elementary, Venice (former Glenallen Elementary principal)

Rebecca Drum, Glenallen Elementary, North Port (former assistant principal there)

Steven Royce, Gocio Elementary, Sarasota (former principal of Tara Elementary, Bradenton)

Erin Del Castillo, Venice Elementary (former assistant principal at Pine View School, Osprey)

Susan Nations, Wilkinson Elementary, Sarasota (former assistant principal, Southside Elementary, Sarasota)

Brandon Johnson, North Port High (former principal of Lamarque Elementary) NOTE: Sandra Russell is acting principal at Lamarque until mid-September, when a new principal is expected to be named.

Paul Burns, Riverview High, Sarasota (former assistant principal at that school)

David Jones, Sarasota High (former principal of North Port High)

Eric Jackson, Venice High (former Riverview High principal)


School Construction/Renovation Projects:

Fruitville Elementary: New classroom building includes wing for students with autism/interior renovations/bus loop/parking lot

Sarasota High: New gymnasium (spring 2016), other improvements/additions in the works

Emma E. Booker Elementary: Renovated media center

Englewood Elementary: Remodeled classroom wing and media center

Pine View School: Gymnasium, media center and heating/ventilation/AC renovations

Suncoast Technical College-North Port Extension/Sarasota County public library: Site development is underway 


Transportation (2015-16 stats):

18,000: Average number of students who ride the bus daily

360: Number of buses in the district fleet (includes 24 new buses arriving in September 2016)

27,500: Average number of miles driven per day

3,700: Average number of gallons of diesel fuel used each day 


Food and Nutrition Services (2015-16 stats):

6,077: Average number of breakfasts served each school day

21,185: Average number of lunches served each school day

659: Average number of after school-snacks served each day

1,040: Average number of suppers served each day

$9,404: Average total dollar amount of food purchases each day

51 percent: Students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals



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