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Kirk Hutchinson Named Principal of Venice Elementary School

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SARASOTA COUNTY, April 18, 2018 – Kirk Hutchinson has been named the new principal of Venice Elementary School effective June 1, pending School Board approval. Currently, Mr. Hutchinson serves as the principal at Atwater Elementary where has worked as its top administrator since 2009. He replaces Ms. Erin del Castillo who will assume the role of Principal at Riverview High School later this spring. A principal search will take place later this month to fill the principal position at Atwater Elementary.

“I cannot think of a better fit for the students, staff and Venice community than Kirk Hutchinson for this significant role,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Kirk’s passion for making a difference coupled with his instructional knowledge make him an ideal candidate for the job. I know he will serve the Venice Elementary School community well for years to come.”

“I am very excited to be joining the Venice Elementary Little Indians family,” commented Kirk Hutchinson. “I have had an incredibly wonderful experience at Atwater, and I am looking forward to working with the school staff and families to inspire even more students to do their best and achieve success at Venice Elementary.”

“Mr. Hutchinson is an excellent administrator to assume the role of principal at Venice Elementary School,” noted Christopher Renouf, executive director for Elementary Schools. “Kirk brings a unique blend of instructional expertise and a strong ability to communicate, collaborate and commit to honoring the success and traditions of Venice Elementary. He will do a tremendous job continuing the legacy of excellence the Venice community has come to expect.”

Mr. Hutchinson has collectively served in Sarasota County Schools for more than ten years. Prior to becoming the first principal at Atwater Elementary, Mr. Hutchinson was an assistant principal at Lamarque Elementary in Sarasota County from 2007 – 2009. He has also served in numerous administrative and instructional roles in Punta Gorda, FL and the metro Baltimore, MD area prior to coming to Sarasota County Schools.

Mr. Hutchinson will earn his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership this spring from the University of Florida. He also has a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from The Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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