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Sarasota County Schools ready to welcome students Monday, Aug. 14

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Principals 2017

PRINCIPALS IN NEW ROLES: Clockwise from top left are Kristi Jarvis, Ashton Elementary; Edwina Oliver, Emma E. Booker Elementary; Kristine Lawrence, Heron Creek Middle; Jamie Lowicz, Oak Park School; Matthew Gruhl, Brookside Middle.

SARASOTA COUNTY, Aug. 9, 2017 – Students return to Sarasota County public schools for the 2017-18 school year on Monday, Aug.14. Schools, teachers, administrators and support staff are ready to welcome students. Here is a snapshot of the district:

About Sarasota County Schools:
Dedicated to academic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is one of only two Florida districts to be graded A every year since grading began in 2004.

53 Schools:

  • 23 elementary schools
  • 7 middle schools
  • 6 high schools
  • 1 K-8 school (Laurel Nokomis)
  • 1 one gifted school (Pine View, grades 2-12)
  • 1 school for students with special needs (Oak Park, pre-K to age 22)
  • 1 alternative school (YMCA Triad, north and south campuses)
  • 11 charter schools
  • 1 virtual school
  • 1 technical college: Suncoast Technical College. High school/adult students; campuses in Sarasota and Venice; new campus opening in North Port in October. The site will include the Shannon Staub Library, a Sarasota County public library; and a conference center jointly funded with the City of North Port.

Projected 2017-18 General Fund (Operating) Budget:
$441 million

Total Projected Student Enrollment:
Approximately 44,000 students

Number of Employees:
5,102 (2,749 teachers, 2,127 support staff, 226 administrators)

Number of Volunteers at Schools:
Approximately 12,000

Principals in new roles:

  • Ashton Elementary: Kristi Jarvis (formerly assistant principal at Phillippi Shores Elementary)
  • Emma E. Booker Elementary: Edwina Oliver (formerly Oak Park School principal)
  • Brookside Middle: Matthew Gruhl (former Heron Creek Middle principal, trading places with Kris Lawrence)
  • Heron Creek Middle: Kris Lawrence (former Brookside Middle principal, trading places with Matthew Gruhl)
  • Oak Park School: Jamie Lowicz (formerly an assistant principal at Sarasota High)

School Construction/Renovation Projects (some examples of many):

  • Booker High: Digital Design Program classroom renovations
  • Emma E. Booker Elementary: ongoing upgrades to cafeteria/auditorium
  • Englewood Elementary: renovations to a classroom wing
  • Lakeview Elementary: front office renovations with safety/security improvements
  • Laurel Nokomis School: Four new TechActive classrooms, new playground, landscaping
  • Pine View School: interior renovations: cafeteria, auditorium, orchestra/art rooms
  • Sarasota High: multi-phase renovation project of west campus competed
  • Suncoast Technical College-North Port: scheduled to open in October
  • Venice Elementary: Renovations to front office, new conference room
  • Venice Middle: Renovated administrative offices, Young Marines Program building


  • 5.5 million: approximate number of miles district buses will travel in 2017-18
  • 17,000: Average number of students who ride the bus daily
  • 6,000: Approximate number of bus stops
  • 1,000: Approximate number of bus routes
  • 250: Number of buses in the district fleet
  • 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 (2016-17 stats):

  • 6,316: Average number of breakfasts served each school day
  • 21,199: Average number of lunches served each school day
  • 649: Average number of after-school snacks served each day
  • 934: Average number of suppers served each day
  • 51.6 percent: Students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals

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Communications and Community Relations
Tracey Beeker, Director

Kelsey Whealy, Media Relations Specialist

Caroline Lee, Administrative Assistant;
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Digital Communications
Mina Ajrab, Manager

Torie Ewald, Social Media Strategist

Katy Ellis, Social Media Producer

Phone: 941-927-4009 or
941-927-9000 ext. 74009
Fax: 941-927-2539
1960 Landings Boulevard
Sarasota, Florida 34231
Green 3rd Floor

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John Flowerree, Manager

TBA, Engineer

Phone: 941-361-6355
Fax: 941-361-6358
4748 Beneva Road
Sarasota, Florida 34233

Community Involvement
Lyndsey Cantees, Coordinator

Jennifer Anderson, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31500
Fax: 941-361-6539
Green 1st Floor

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