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Category Archives: Sarasota School Board
Although the five-day enrollment total for the Sarasota County Public Schools was 688 below the 41,962 estimate for the 2012-13 school year, district officials will be hiring more staff, Superintendent Lori White told The Sarasota News Leader Aug. 29. “It … Continue reading
Survey just completed points to manufacturing skills gap In an effort to improve workforce readiness in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the Sarasota County Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday, Aug. 29, to ask County Administrator Randall Reid to meet with the … Continue reading
“Helping kids have a voice” — that’s what Hudson Taylor says his trip to Sarasota next week is all about. Taylor began speaking out about LGBT rights as a wrestler at the University of Maryland, challenging the common homophobia and … Continue reading
The Sarasota County Commission chairwoman and a Sarasota County School Board member this week defended the decision to close schools on Monday as a precaution with then-Tropical Storm Isaac’s path uncertain. School board member Shirley Brown told Emergency Management Chief … Continue reading
All Sarasota County public schools will reopen Tuesday, Aug. 28, after being closed Monday as Tropical Storm Isaac approached. Superintendent Lori White, in consultation with Sarasota County Emergency Management officials, closed schools as a precautionary measure today, Aug. 27. Officials … Continue reading
More Sarasota County and municipal closings have been announced in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac. The storm is expected to increase to hurricane strength late today, Aug. 26, or early Monday morning, county Emergency Management officials warn. Tropical storm-force winds are … Continue reading
City warning about continued closure of part of Osprey Avenue With the Sarasota County Public Schools starting the 2012-13 school year on Monday, Aug. 20, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is reminding motorists to use extra caution and obey speed … Continue reading
The dozens of youngsters gathered around tables in the Alta Vista Elementary School cafeteria on Aug. 7 chatted quietly among themselves as they ate their lunches, proving themselves a model of decorum. A visitor easily might have pegged them as … Continue reading
While the Sarasota County School Board is being required by the state to raise its required local millage rate for the 2013 fiscal year, federal government action is going to result in a break for employees on the district’s health-care … Continue reading
Overall, the results of a risk behavior survey among Sarasota County middle school students, conducted last fall and released in late June, is full of good news. The percentage of students who said they smoked tobacco declined from 30 to … Continue reading
A $100,000 anonymous donation will make it possible for students from all over Sarasota County to participate in the new Stars to Starfish program at Riverview High School. The Sarasota County School Board accepted the donation during its regular meeting … Continue reading
The Sarasota County School Board this week became the 28th in the state to approve a resolution calling on Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida Legislature and the State Board of Education to improve the state testing system, Wayne Blanton, executive … Continue reading
Because the Florida Legislature approved an extra $100, or about 3%, in base funding per pupil statewide for the 2012-13 school year, the Sarasota County School Board has no choice but to raise its required local millage rate for the … Continue reading
Through a concept called “differentiated teaching,” middle school students in the Sarasota County Public Schools will be able to get the specific type of instruction they need in math, but fewer teachers will be necessary to provide that instruction, administrative … Continue reading
Sarasota County and state preservationists could find out as early as this week whether the Paul Rudolph addition to Sarasota High School will be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Sarasota News Leader has learned. Barbara Mattick, … Continue reading
Saying they should be more involved in efforts to preserve historic buildings, the Sarasota County commissioners June 13 asked County Administrator Randall Reid to schedule a thorough workshop with them on the county’s Comprehensive Plan, including policy guidelines for such … Continue reading
A program designed to improve Sarasota County residents’ health by encouraging them to walk for exercise has won national recognition. Any day now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control will be putting a spotlight on the program, Forging Pathways to … Continue reading
Gov. Rick Scott touted his pro-business credentials to the Argus Foundation at a Longboat Key luncheon today, June 8, discussing his K-12 and higher education policies, as well as his administration’s changes to the state’s unemployment system. The Longboat Key … Continue reading
A Sarasota County School Board member who fought to block Planned Parenthood sex education lessons in county classrooms has ties to a local anti-choice crisis pregnancy center that provides false medical information about abortion to women seeking help. Located in … Continue reading
Two community meetings have been set for early June to allow members of the public to provide comments about the rebuilding of Sarasota High School, the Sarasota County School District has announced. The meetings are scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 … Continue reading
More than 100 Southside Elementary School students are set to take the stage at The Players Theatre Tuesday, May 22, and Wednesday, May 23, to perform the school musical, “The Aristocats,” the Sarasota County Public Schools District has announced. The … Continue reading
Pine View School in Osprey, the Sarasota County Public School District’s school for gifted students, saw 100% of its 10th-graders pass the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test writing exam this spring, while 99% of its fourth-graders and 98% of its eighth-graders … Continue reading
Fifty students from Alta Vista Elementary School in Sarasota are scheduled to board a bus at 9 a.m., Friday, May 18, to deliver 100 blankets they created to comfort cancer patients at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, the Sarasota … Continue reading
Agreeing with a recommendation from Superintendent Lori White, the Sarasota County School Board has decided to put off pursuing new advertising opportunities for the district until they see what other Florida school districts do. “I have considerable concern [about] the … Continue reading
With staff having followed the directions they provided during their work session last month, the Sarasota County School Board gave staff immediate approval May 15 to implement a revised fee schedule for the rental of school property. The revised charges … Continue reading
About 100 Gocio Elementary School students in grades two through five will “put on the dog” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the school cafeteria/auditorium as they perform a fully costumed version of “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids,” the school … Continue reading
“What is the effect on our local neighborhood if the scrub jays are not saved?” The fate of these lively inquisitive birds was on everyone’s mind as exuberant middle-schoolers seeking answers to this and other questions filled the gym at … Continue reading
On May 1, the Sarasota County School Board is scheduled to vote on hiring both the architectural firm and the contractor recommended by staff for the rebuilding of Sarasota High School. Once the firms are under contract, Scott Lempe, the … Continue reading
The Sarasota County School Board members concurred during their April 17 work session on the need for the schools to cover their costs, but not collect profits, for renting facilities. They asked district Chief Operating Officer Scott Lempe and Facilities … Continue reading