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Standing District Advisory Committees
In its continuing effort to ensure that it is being responsive to community suggestions and concerns, the Sarasota County School District maintains a number of boards and committees that advise the School Board and the superintendent about issues of interest to specific constituent groups. In a further effort to maintain transparency in school district governance, the superintendent has directed that all meetings of committees that advise the superintendent or School Board directly should be publicly posted in advance and should have minutes published.
The public is welcome to attend any of the posted meetings. Further information about advisory committees is available by contacting the district Communications and Community Relations Office at 941-927-4009 for further information.
Financial Advisory Committee
The Financial Advisory Committee was created to provide citizens' oversight of the district's use of operating funds from the 1-mill local voted millage referendum that was originally approved in 2002 and reauthorized in 2006. The FAC also provides oversight for the use of capital funding generated by the district's share of a one-percent county sales tax. Members are appointed by the School Board.
The Financial Advisory Committee consists of independent professionals from the community with a broad range of experience and perspective. The committee considers a range of issues, including operating budgets, capital financing initiatives, opportunities for cost reductions, the impact of both sales tax and millage tax funding, and communication of the district’s financial situation. The committee meets with the superintendent and chief financial officer no less than quarterly and reports annually to the School Board.
Ad Hoc committees may be formed by the School Board chairperson when necessary. Such committees will be automatically dissolved upon presentation of their final report to the Board. Board members may attend the meetings but will have no vote unless they are also a committee member. All Special Committee meetings are designated in policy as being open to the public. Special Committees may take no action that is binding on the School Board.
Boundary Advisory Committees
The changing of school attendance boundary lines may be necessary due to growth, change or shift in the distribution of student population, the construction of a new school, or any other occurrence which takes place in the community which makes it necessary to redistribute the student enrollment population to assure the most appropriate housing of students within the district’s operating school buildings.
When the superintendent has identified the need for a boundary change, the district shall form a Boundary Advisory Committee to assist in the development of proposed changes. The Office of Long Range Planning will organize and work directly with this group. For more information on the formation of a Boundary Advisory Committee, see
School Board Policy 5.20, Student Assignment, section III.
District and SC/TA representatives meet to negotiate Collective Bargaining Agreements.
The Productivity Committee consists of representatives of various departments who are exploring possible cost savings and efficiency improvements throughout the school district.
Salary and Benefits Budget Committee
The Salary and Benefits Budget Committee is a representative group of school and district administrators, classified and instructional employees who will meet to consider options for budget reductions that will require adjustments to the current collective bargaining agreement and submit recommendations to the negotiations team.