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Roy Sprinkle named executive director of Human Resources

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Roy Sprinkle

Roy Sprinkle

SARASOTA COUNTY, April 18, 2017– Superintendent Todd Bowden has announced that as part of the realignment of executive responsibilities in his administration, the position of executive director of human resources and labor relations will be restored. The position has been vacant since the retirement of Michael Jones in 2014.

Bowden has appointed Roy Sprinkle to the job. Sprinkle has served as the district director of human resources and labor relations since 2007. As an executive director in the operations division of the district organization, he will report to Assistant Superintendent/Chief Operations Officer Scott Lempe.

The appointment will be presented to the School Board at its May 2 meeting. If approved, it will be effective immediately.

Sprinkle, 52, served as principal of Bay Haven School of Basics Plus, the district’s elementary magnet school, from 2004-07. He was an assistant principal at North Port High from 2001-04 and an AP at Booker Middle from 1998-2001. He held administrative positions with the Osceola County School District in 1997-98 and served as an assistant principal of a junior/senior high school in Indiana from 1995-97. He taught children with emotional handicaps in Indiana from 1989-95.

Sprinkle holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University Bloomington, a master’s degree in educational studies from Purdue University, and a certificate of educational leadership from the University of Central Florida.

Superintendent Bowden said Sprinkle’s long experience as the director of the district Human Resources Department uniquely qualifies him to assume the responsibilities of executive director. Bowden also noted that Sprinkle is certified by the Society of Human Resources Management, a credential that identifies him as a senior human resources professional.

Bowden also said that the number of applications that the district HR department processes has expanded significantly since 2007 and the responsibilities for recruiting are a much larger part of the job than was the case during the economic slowdown of the past few years. “Florida school districts are in the midst of a major challenge in attracting and retaining the best teachers available from across the country,” Bowden said. “Mr. Sprinkle has demonstrated exceptional skill in recruiting teachers and managing the flow of thousands of applications for other district positions for nearly 10 years. I am confident he will continue to raise the bar in his new position.”

Sprinkle said, “I am honored to have been chosen as the new executive director of human resources and labor relations for the Sarasota County Schools. As a lifelong educator and a human resources senior professional for last 10 years, I feel that I am well-prepared to lead the largest employer in Sarasota County into the next era of exceptional performance. Sarasota County is the top school district in the state and one of the very best in the country.

“I am proud that I have been able to be a part of this school district and a resident of Sarasota for 19 years. I am incredibly fortunate to be raising two children in this beautiful place.”

Sprinkle’s son Royce and daughter Kennady are twins in fifth grade at Gulf Gate Elementary School.                                                     

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