Sarasota County Schools superintendent names Roy Sprinkle new executive director of human resources

Sprinkle has been serving in a similar capacity since 2007

Roy Sprinkle. Photo courtesy Sarasota County Schools

As part of the realignment of executive responsibilities in his administration, Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Todd Bowden has announced that Roy Sprinkle will serve as executive director of human resources and labor relations.

Bowden is restoring the position, which had been vacant since the retirement of Michael Jones in 2014, a news release explains.

Sprinkle has served as the district director of human resources and labor relations since 2007, the release notes. As an executive director in the operations division of the district organization, he will report to Assistant Superintendent/Chief Operations Officer Scott Lempe, the release adds.

The appointment will be presented to the School Board at its May 2 meeting, the release continues. If approved, it will be effective immediately.

Sprinkle, 52, served as principal of Bay Haven School of Basics Plus, the district’s elementary magnet school, from 2004-07, the release notes. He was an assistant principal at North Port High from 2001-04 and an assistant principal at Booker Middle from 1998-2001, the release adds. He held administrative positions with the Osceola County School District in 1997-98 and served as an assistant principal of a junior/senior high school in Indiana from 1995 to 1997, the release says. He taught children with emotional handicaps in Indiana from 1989-95.

Sprinkle holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University Bloomington, a master’s degree in educational studies from Purdue University, and a certificate of educational leadership from the University of Central Florida, the release points out.

Sprinkle also is certified by the Society of Human Resources Management, “a credential that identifies him as a senior human resources professional,” Bowden noted in the release.

The number of applications the district Human Relations Department processes “has expanded significantly since 2007 and the responsibilities for recruiting are a much larger part of the job than was the case during the economic slowdown of the past few years,” Bowden added in the release.

“Florida school districts are in the midst of a major challenge in attracting and retaining the best teachers available from across the country,” Bowden said in the release. “Mr. Sprinkle has demonstrated exceptional skill in recruiting teachers and managing the flow of thousands of applications for other district positions for nearly 10 years. I am confident he will continue to raise the bar in his new position.”

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