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The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is working with the Sarasota County School District and the Florida School Boards Association to conduct a national search for a successor to Superintendent Lori White, who is retiring in February 2017. It is essential that applicants for the position understand the values and expectations of the Sarasota County community regarding their public schools. That information also will be an important consideration for the screening committee and the School Board as they determine which candidate is the most qualified and best suited to lead our highly successful district to even greater achievement in the coming years.

One of the first steps will be to gather information from community members what they believe to be the strengths of the school district, what challenges it faces and what characteristics are the most important for a superintendent to exhibit. Opportunities for community input will be offered at four Superintendent Search Community Forums to be hosted by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County between April 26 and May 26 (see dates and locations below). Another opportunity for community input is through an online survey which can be completed by clicking here.

Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Search update page:

Who will lead Sarasota County’s 42,000 students?

Thank you to the community members, school staff, parents, and students who participated in the first Superintendent Search Community Forum at North Port High School. Please join us at the additional forums below:

Superintendent Search Community Forums:

Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 7:00-9:00PM

Booker High School - Cafeteria
3201 N. Orange Ave
Sarasota, FL 34234

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | 7:00-9:00PM

Venice High School - Cafeteria
1 Indian Ave.
Venice, FL 34285

Grand Opening - Digital Learning Lab @ Tuttle Elementary School

         Grand Opening invitation

Join us on March 10th and check out the new technology resources available to Tuttle Elementary School students and families.

Tuttle Elementary School
2863 8th Street
Sarasota, FL 34237


Special thanks to the Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation for funding the launch of this Education Foundation Digital Learning Lab!

Talent4Tomorrow FAFSA Workshops for Sarasota County Students

Talent4Tomorrow Partnership

We know hard it can be to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on your own. Don't struggle alone! There are many volunteers ready to help you. Don't miss the chance to get FREE money for college (technical school, 2 year or 4 year college or university). Last year, over 2 million dollars for college was left unclaimed... Visit one of the workshops below to get help completing your FAFSA application and get money for college now! Click here to learn what to bring with you to the workshops.

District Workshops
Thursday, February 11th at North Port High School, 2-8pm

Sunday, February 21st at Sarasota High School 1-4pm

Booker High School seniors only: after school, every-other Friday, starting 1/29

Community Workshops 
Adults going back to school are welcome to attend the following events to get help completing the FAFSA

February 27th at University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, 9:30am-12pm Sponsored by Sarasota Y

 January 26th to April 16th at the following United Way free tax prep sites:

                Tuesdays, 2-6pm, United Way Downtown VITA (1800 2nd St.,Ste 102, Sarasota)

                Saturdays 10-2pm, Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club (3100 Fruitville, Sarasota)

                Saturdays, 10-2pm, North Port Family Service Center (1st Floor, 6919 Outreach Way, North Port)

Questions? Call 211 for more information!

Check out more of the winning (and hilarious!) Sarasota Film Festival FAFSA Public Service Announcements by clicking here

Science Fair Expo Showcases Next Generation of Young Scientists

For the first time ever, students’ winning projects from grades 3-12 were on display for public viewing on the evening of January 27 at Robart’s Arena for the Sarasota Regional Science, Engineering & Technology Fair Expo. The Expo included demonstrations by students and the Suncoast Science Center and featured displays from local organizations.

Top scoring student projects have the opportunity to compete at the state and international levels. The top two high school student projects will be sent to the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona this May.

Click here for a complete list of winning projects.