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Pine View student thanks superintendent, School Board for promises kept

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Superintendent Todd Bowden and Barett Mancinni

 SARASOTA, May 3, 2017 – At the May 2 School Board meeting, Pine View School seventh- grader Barett Mancinni thanked Superintendent Todd Bowden for keeping a promise he made to Barett at a community forum when Dr. Bowden was a candidate for his current job. Barett asked the candidate why nobody explained to students what was going on when school flags are flown at half-staff.

Dr. Bowden said if he became superintendent, he would make sure that information was shared. On April 6, when flags were flown at half-staff in honor of memorial services for astronaut John Glenn, Dr. Bowden arranged with Pine View Principal Stephen Covert to have Barett read the Presidential Proclamation that flags were to be flown at half-staff during Pine View’s morning announcements. Barett said his classmates cheered him when he returned to class.

Dr. Bowden said Barett’s curiosity and question has led to a district-wide directive from the superintendent to principals that whenever flags are flown at half-staff, the reason should be explained to students and staff in the morning announcements. He noted that Barett’s efforts to better inform his fellow students will be an activity that will help him earn his Citizenship in the Nation merit badge and take him a step closer to becoming an Eagle Scout.

Barett also thanked the School Board for allowing him to take a number of advanced virtual school classes. He said he is working with his guidance counselor to navigate being a middle school, high school and college student all at the same time.

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