Sarasota County School District to hold its second Digital Town Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 6

School safety and security to be topic for first half of program

Superintendent Todd Bowden. Photo courtesy of the Sarasota County Schools

The Sarasota County School District will host its second Digital Town Hall from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, Superintendent Todd Bowden has announced.

“This technology-enhanced public forum is a key part of our ongoing efforts to reach families where they are and engage in two-way communication via the devices we all use every day,” Bowden pointed out in a news release.

The district held its first Digital Town Hall on Sept. 6.

“During the [Dec. 6] event, streamed live on the district website and Facebook Live and broadcast on The Education Channel — Comcast 20 and Frontier 33 — people will be able to ask our panel questions through Facebook and Twitter and receive real-time responses,” Bowden added in the release. “You can join in and participate on a smart phone, tablet or computers.”

The first half of the program “will be devoted to a very important subject,” he continued: school safety and security. Bowden noted that he will be joined by School Board Chair Caroline Zucker; Scott Lempe, assistant superintendent for operations; Mike Andreas, district director of safety & security; Riverview High School Principal Paul Burns; and Venice Middle School Principal Karin Schmidt.

The remaining half-hour will be devoted to other topics, Bowden noted in the release. Zucker, Lempe and the district’s two other assistant superintendents, Laura Kingsley and Mitsi Corcoran, will be present for that segment, to assist with answers.

The public may email questions about school safety and other topics in advance of the town hall to the following address: