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District to focus on school security for 2nd Digital Town Hall Dec. 6

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JOIN US! Our second Digital Town Hall will be Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 7-8 p.m. on Facebook Live, the district website and The Education Channel (Comcast 20 and Frontier 33).

SARASOTA COUNTY, Nov. 29, 2017 – Sarasota County Schools will host its second Digital Town Hall from 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6. The first half of the program will be dedicated to school safety and security, with the second half opened up for other topics.

The event will be streamed live on Facebook, on the home page of the district’s website,, and broadcast live on The Education Channel, Comcast 20 and Frontier 33.

During the event, viewers will be able to pose questions to a panel of speakers through Facebook and Twitter and receive real-time responses. Questions also can be emailed in advance to

“Our first Digital Town Hall on Sept. 6 happened to be scheduled in advance for a night when Hurricane Irma was approaching our area,” said Superintendent Todd Bowden. “People were understandably preoccupied with the news of that storm, but many joined us anyway via social media or sent questions in advance. And the timing of the program meant that our discussions of the hurricane and how we were preparing for it were very timely.

“For our second Digital Town Hall, we are inviting questions on another subject that’s very important to all of us who are parents of students in our schools: safety and security.”

During the first half of the program centering on school security, Bowden will be joined by School Board Chairwoman Bridget Ziegler, Assistant Superintendent for Operations Scott Lempe, Director of Safety & Security Mike Andreas, Riverview High School Principal Paul Burns and Venice Middle School Principal Karin Schmidt.  

The second half-hour will open the questions up to all topics. Bowden, Ziegler and Lempe will be joined for that segment by Assistant Superintendent for Academics Laura Kingsley and Assistant Superintendent for Finance Mitsi Corcoran.

Possible subjects for the second segment include the opportunity for Sarasota County voters to renew the 1-mill school funding referendum in a special election March 20, how referendum dollars are spent, academic programs and initiatives, and other issues of interest.


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