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Dr. Patti Folino Named Principal at Tuttle Elementary

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Dr. Patti Folino

SARASOTA COUNTY, June 28, 2018 – Dr. Patti Folino has been named the new principal at Tuttle Elementary School effective July 9 and pending School Board approval. A Sarasota County Schools educator for 23 years, Dr. Folino joins the Tuttle school community from Brentwood Elementary where she served as assistant principal since 2014. She replaces Tomas Dinverno who left Tuttle Elementary for Venice Middle School earlier this spring. 

“I am delighted that Dr. Folino will serve as the new principal at Tuttle Elementary,” noted Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Her tenure and reputation throughout the school district are unparalleled. Also, her passion for making a difference in our community is invaluable. She will do a tremendous job serving the diverse students, families and staff at Tuttle Elementary.”

“A genuine sense of gratitude best describes the way I feel being selected as Tuttle Elementary School’s principal,” commented Dr. Patti Folino. “I am fortunate to join the dedicated staff and Tuttle community to build on the vast opportunities they have created for their students and families.”

“Dr. Folino is an excellent selection to assume the principal role at Tuttle Elementary School,” said Christopher Renouf, executive director of Elementary Schools. “Patti brings a wealth of instructional and leadership experience as well as Title 1 expertise to the role. Also, she has a passion for early childhood education and believes strongly in establishing a solid foundation to build strong, confident and successful life-long learners. Under her guidance, the students at Tuttle Elementary will thrive.”

Before her role at Brentwood Elementary Dr. Folino was a program manager and supervisor with the school district from 2005 – 2014 where she was responsible for strategy for numerous professional development and teacher training programs. Before this administrative role, Dr. Folino was a language arts teacher at Booker Middle School from 2003 – 2005 and a team leader, mentor and writing specialist at Gocio Elementary from 1995 – 2001. Dr. Folino has her Educational Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Argosy University, a master’s degree in Varying Exceptionalities from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. A native of the gulf coast, Dr. Folino resides in Bradenton with her husband and two children, who attended Sarasota County Schools, and she is an avid runner and sports enthusiast.

About Sarasota County Schools

Dedicated to academic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. The Sarasota County School District is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an "A" grade since 2004. Learn more at www.SarasotaCountySchools.net

Sarasota County Schools Earns an “A” Grade for the 2017-18 Academic Year

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School Grades 2018

SARASOTA COUNTY, June 27, 2018 – The Sarasota County School District has earned an A grade by the state of Florida for the 15th consecutive year since grading began in 2004. Sarasota was one of 20 school districts in Florida to earn an A grade for the 2017-18 school year. The school district saw improvements in eight of 11 categories and maintained scores in the other three. There were no declines. Sarasota County Schools’ overall scores improved by four percentage points compared to last year and the school district is ranked #3 in the state behind St. John and Lafayette who are both tied for #1. 

“I am elated,” noted Dr. Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “In a year filled with incredible distractions in our schools, including Hurricane Irma and school safety concerns, our teachers, students, administrators and staff did an amazing job of staying focused and inspiring learning. Our teachers should feel especially proud of these outcomes, and the incredible work they do every day to help our students succeed.”

The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) released the official school grades across the state for the 2017-18 academic year. A total of 42 schools in the district received an A or B grade with seven schools earning a C grade. There were no D or F grades this school year. Nine schools saw grade improvements, 32 schools maintained and eight schools declined. Oak Park and Triad are assessed differently and these school ratings are not yet released. 

“Our teachers, students, families and administrators should feel proud of their success,” commented Dr. Laura Kingsley, chief academic officer and assistant superintendent for Sarasota County Schools. “I am thrilled with the progress made throughout the school district, especially in math and science, and how we fulfilled the Superintendent’s vision for accelerated coursework in middle schools. Of course, we need to roll up our sleeves and focus on areas that need improvement, especially in the schools where scores dropped, so we can identify how best to support our teachers, students and administrators.”

The state’s grades are based on 11 factors that include student achievement, learning gains statewide, high school graduation rates and standardized tests, among others. Overall, Sarasota County Schools improved by 37 points in these key areas. 

Sarasota County Schools earned the following grades by school for the 2017-18 academic year:

Alta Vista Elementary – B 
Ashton Elementary – A 
Atwater Elementary – B 
Bay Haven School of Basics Plus – B 
Booker Middle School – B 
Booker High School – B 
Brentwood Elementary – C 
Brookside Middle School – A 
Cranberry Elementary – A 
Emma E. Booker – C 
Englewood Elementary – A 
Fruitville Elementary – A 
Garden Elementary – B 
Glenallen Elementary – C 
Gocio Elementary – C 
Gulf Gate Elementary – B 
Heron Creek Middle School – B 
Imagine School at North Port – B 
Imagine School at Palmer Ranch – A 
Island Village Montessori School – A 
Lakeview Elementary – A 
Lamarque Elementary – A 
Laurel Nokomis School – A 
McIntosh Middle School – B 
North Port High School – B 
Phillippi Shores Elementary – A  
Pine View School – A 
Riverview High School – A 
Sarasota Academy of the Arts – A 
Sarasota High School – B 
Sarasota Middle School – A 
Sarasota Military Academy – B 
Sarasota School for Innovative Studies – C 
Sarasota School of Arts/Sciences – A 
Sarasota Suncoast Academy – A 
Sky Academy Englewood – A 
Sky Academy Venice – A 
Southside Elementary – A 
Student Leadership Academy – A 
Suncoast Polytechnical High School – A 
Tatum Ridge Elementary – A 
Taylor Ranch Elementary – A 
Toledo Blade Elementary – C 
Tuttle Elementary – B 
Venice Elementary – A 
Venice High School – A 
Venice Middle School – A 
Wilkinson Elementary – C 
Woodland Middle School – B 

To find out more about school grades across the state, visit the FLDOE online.

About Sarasota County Schools

Dedicated to academic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. The Sarasota County School District is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an "A" grade since 2004. Learn more:  http://sarasotacountyschools.net/.  

Cynthia Thro Named Principal at Atwater Elementary

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Cynthia Thro

SARASOTA COUNTY, June 19, 2018 – Ms. Cynthia Thro has been named the new principal at Atwater Elementary School effective immediately, pending School Board approval. Ms. Thro comes to Sarasota County Schools from Oak Grove Elementary, a Title 1 school in Hillsborough County, where she most recently served as its principal since 2015 and assistant principal since 2007. During her tenure, Ms. Thro has been instrumental in building effective school feeding programs and literacy and curriculum practices that ensure student success.

“I am delighted that Cynthia Thro is the new principal at Atwater Elementary,” noted Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Her instructional methods that focus on positive outcomes for students in Title 1 schools is impressive, and I am confident she will make a terrific addition to the Atwater school community.”

“I feel incredibly blessed to be principal at Atwater Elementary,” commented Principal Cynthia Thro. “Although a new school comparatively, Atwater has rich traditions such as their HEART PBS program which I intend to foster and grow even more. I am thankful for this opportunity and look forward to collaborating with an incredibly strong administrative team, faculty and school support staff to lead the All-Stars to future success.”

“Ms. Thro is an excellent selection to assume the role of principal at Atwater Elementary,” said Christopher Renouf, executive director of Elementary Schools with Sarasota County Schools. “Cindy is highly qualified and brings a strong background of instructional expertise working in a Title 1 school. She is committed to honoring the school’s traditions, celebrating its successes and expanding upon the excellence that Atwater Elementary School, its stakeholders and community have come to expect.”

Before Oak Grove Elementary, Ms. Thro was a teacher at Broward Elementary in Tampa from 1992 – 2007 and taught kindergarten through third grade, including ELL and ESE inclusion classrooms. She was also the technology specialist and science resource teacher. Ms. Thro earned her master’s degree in 2007 and her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1992 from the University of South Florida.

Ms. Thro is originally from Venice and continues to have strong ties and family connections throughout Sarasota County.

About Sarasota County Schools
Dedicated to academic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. The Sarasota County School District is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an "A" grade since 2004. Learn more:  Sarasota County Schools.

BJ Ivey Recognized by Governor Rick Scott

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BJ Ivey Recognition

SARASOTA COUNTY, June 14, 2018 – In a ceremony in Tallahassee on June 13, Governor Rick Scott bestowed the Shine Award to Riverview High School coach and teacher, William “BJ” Ivey. The award was bestowed to teachers who greatly impacted the lives of students in the classroom. Additional recipients include Eleanna Hurst of Broward County, Maria Torres-Crosby of Hillsborough County, Samantha Hopper of Monroe County, Dana Kelly of St. Johns County and Kathleen Redfern of Walton County.   

Governor Rick Scott said, “I am proud to present these outstanding educators with the Governor’s Shine Award and thank them for their commitment to ensuring Florida’s students reach their full potential. I am honored to present these Shine Awards.”

In addition to the Shine Award, BJ Ivey was named the 2017 Sarasota County School District Teacher of the Year. Earlier this spring, the Baltimore Orioles recognized Mr. Ivey as their 2018 Community Hero.

About Sarasota County Schools

Dedicated to academic and athletic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. It is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an “A” grade every year since 2004. Learn more: SarasotaCountySchools.net.

Photo:  Pictured from left to right:  Attorney General Pam Bondi, Governor Rick Scott, BJ Ivey, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

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Sarasota County Schools Outperform State Averages in FSA Testing

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Student Testing

Strategic improvements led to the school district’s success

SARASOTA COUNTY, June 14, 2018 – According to results released earlier today by the Florida Department of Education, the Sarasota County School District scored higher than state averages in all categories of the 2018 Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). The percentage of students who were proficient in English Language Arts increased from 2 to 5 percentage points in grades eight, nine and 10 and remained consistent in grade five. There were slight declines in grades three, four, six and seven compared to last year, however.

In 2018, the school district’s mathematics proficiency rates improved in grades three, five, and seven and remained consistent in grade six. There were declines in grades four and eight.
 

In addition to the FSA, the percentage of students passing End of Course (EOC) Assessments is also higher than the state average in all subjects tested. The percentage of students passing EOC assessments increased 6 points in Algebra 1 and one point in Geometry.

For all grades three through 10, Sarasota County Schools ranks among the top six school districts in English Language Arts and the top 10 school districts for mathematics. There are 67 school districts in the state of Florida. 

“I am encouraged by the numbers and how well our students performed overall,” noted Dr. Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Our children did exceptionally well in math and science this year, which were areas of focus for the school district. Also, we strategically emphasized curriculum at the high school level by adding Assistant Principal for Curriculum positions at each of our high schools. These added resources, coupled with the most dedicated and innovative teachers in the state of Florida, have paid off tremendously to promote student success.” 

Results are based on all students tested, including charter school students, English-language learners and students with disabilities. The third-grade English Language Arts results released in May are reported again with the grades released today to provide a comprehensive review of student performance. Test results of the school district’s accomplishments in closing the achievement gap as well as demographic data have not yet been released by the Florida Department of Education. 

Highlights of the FSA results are as follows:

English Language Arts:

  • District English Language Arts proficiency rates are 11 to 13 percentage points higher than state rates across grades three through 10.
  • The percent of district students scoring in English Language Arts achievement levels 3-5 (levels indicating proficiency) in the school year 2017-2018 increased in grades eight through 10, and remained consistent in grade five compared to last school year. Percentages declined slightly in grades three, four, six and seven. 

Mathematics:

  • Sarasota County students’ proficiency rates in mathematics are 9 to 19 percentage points higher than state averages across all grades.  
  • The 2018 district mathematics proficiency rates improved at grades three, five and seven but declined in grades four and eight compared to last school year.  The rate remained consistent in grade six.

About Sarasota County Schools

Dedicated to academic and athletic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. It is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an “A” grade every year since 2004. Learn more: SarasotaCountySchools.net.

   

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Paul Grohowski Named Chief of Police

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Paul Grohowski

SARASOTA COUNTY, June 13, 2018 – Paul Grohowski, a twenty-two-year experienced law enforcement veteran, has been named Chief of Police with the Sarasota County School District effective immediately, pending employment screenings and School Board approval. Chief Grohowski will report to Michael Andreas, the Executive Director of Public Safety, and will oversee the school-based police force, which will initially include the Chief of Police, three Police Sergeants and 21-24 School Resource Officers for the 2018-19 school year. He will also work closely with local law enforcement partners to fulfill existing SRO programs throughout the school district this coming school year.  

A law enforcement executive, Chief Grohowski recently served as the Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police for the Allan Hancock Joint Community College District Police Department in Santa Maria, California where he was responsible for the overall public safety of four college campuses throughout Santa Barbara County; serving more than 22,000 students and staff. 

"I am thrilled to announce the selection of Paul Grohowski as Chief of Police," noted Dr. Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. "His skills and tenure in the law enforcement profession are a perfect match for someone to lead the police department, and we are delighted to welcome such as seasoned law enforcement professional to our school district."  

Throughout his tenure in the law enforcement profession, Chief Grohowski has developed department policy, oversight and accountability processes and managed teams of men and women dedicated to public service. He has also served as a law enforcement trainer and as an adjunct professor and taught law enforcement coursework. He served on the Board of Directors for the San Luis Valley Training Foundation, charged with bringing advanced training to a rural region of Colorado. Also, Chief Grohowski has extensive experience in building collaborative partnerships with local, state, county and federal law enforcement partners and establishing long-term connections with community organizations through outreach initiatives that yield positive change. He is an avid supporter and active volunteer for the Special Olympics for his entire career and has served as on the Board of Directors for the Special Olympics in Colorado from 2015-16. Over the course of two years, he will be responsible for establishing a full safety and security police force for the school district. 

"I am delighted to have Paul Grohowski serve as the school district's Chief of Police," commented Michael D. Andreas, executive director of Public Safety. "His law enforcement background is the perfect match for our school district, which needs someone who understands the intricacies of working with students. His understanding of selfless service, his dedication to excellence and his commitment to serve all of Sarasota’s diverse communities will enable the school district to establish an exceptional school-based law enforcement agency.”

Prior to his tenure at Allan Hancock College, Chief Grohowski held the position of Chief of Police with the Adams State University Police Department and served as an adjunct professor at Trinidad State Junior College, both in Colorado from 2015 – 2016, where he honed his craft in law enforcement training and establishing department polices and standard operating procedures. Before his tenure in Colorado, Grohowski worked for the Port St. Lucie Police Department in Florida from 2002 – 2015 where he held numerous positions and was a SWAT Team Member/Sniper/Leader for eleven years. He also worked for the Danbury Police Department in Connecticut from 1996 – 2002. Throughout his career, Grohowski has collaborated to build juvenile justice restorative and probation programs and intelligence-led policing efforts.  

Chief Grohowski earned his master's degree in Public Administration and bachelor's degree in Professional Administration from Barry University in Miami, Florida. He also received his AAS in Criminal Justice from Indian River State College in Ft. Pierce, Florida. He has additional training from the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) and the FBI LEEDA, the Colorado Chiefs of Police Association (CACP), and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in Ft. Pierce, Florida. 

"I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity and the trust bestowed upon me by Dr. Bowden and Executive Director Andreas," Chief Grohowski said. "My wife Marissa and I are the proud parents of four children, all of whom were educated in Florida public schools; two are Summa Cum Laude graduates of Florida Universities. As a father, I am keenly aware of the fear children face going to school every day in these unprecedented times and share the concerns of every loving parent who places their trust in us. It is my goal to provide a safe learning environment so all children can receive the A-rated education that the Sarasota County School District provides. I welcome this greatest of responsibilities to lead a highly trained group of law enforcement professionals to protect our school community with integrity, service and excellence."

About Sarasota County Schools
Dedicated to academic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. The Sarasota County School District is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an "A" grade since 2004. Learn more:  http://sarasotacountyschools.net/.  



A Statement from Dr. Todd Bowden, Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools, on Local Law Enforcement Collaboration for Back-to-School

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"I am pleased to announce that the Sarasota County School District will continue its partnership with local law enforcement for the 2018-19 school year to not only include School Resource Officers (SRO’s) for our middle and high schools, but serve our elementary schools on an interim basis as we look to establish our school-based police department over time. Their continued collaboration provides us the time needed to appropriately hire and train a strong group of men and women to lead the safety and security of our schools. We recognize many of our law enforcement partners are short-staffed and it is our goal to ease their burden as quickly and effectively as possible as school-based officers are brought on board to round out the Sarasota County Schools Police Department. We are thankful for their continued support and dedication to keeping our students, staff and community safe and appreciate their service.”

Earlier today, the superintendent along with School Board Chairwoman, Bridget Ziegler, and Michael Andreas, executive director of Public Safety, met with the following community leaders and local law enforcement partners who offered their support and guidance after a discussion on the long-term goals and needs of the school-based police force:

  • Deputy Sarasota City Manager, Marlon Brown
  • Sarasota City Commissioner, Shelli Freeland-Eddie
  • Sarasota Police Chief, Bernadette DiPino
  • Sarasota County Sheriff, Tom Knight
  • Sarasota County Economic Development Director, Jeff Maultsby
  • Interim North Port Police Chief, Chris Morales
  • North Port City Manager, Peter Lear

The Venice Police Department and Venice City Commissioner had previous commitments and were not able to attend today’s session.

As the meeting concluded, Dr. Bowden pledged to reach out to partners later today to arrange additional meetings to further plan the beginning of the school year, and begin the process of finalizing budgets and agreements with municipal partners. The Sarasota County School District will continue its search for a Chief of Police, Police Sergeants and SRO’s as quickly and efficiently as possible to oversee the well-being of students and staff at the district’s 42 public schools over the next two years.

Michael D. Andreas Promoted to Executive Director

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Michael Andreas

SARASOTA COUNTY, May 23, 2018 – Michael D. Andreas, the current director of Safety, Security and Emergency Management has been promoted to the position of Executive Director, effective immediately. Mr. Andreas will oversee the newly formed Department of Public Safety, which will include the Sarasota County Schools Police Department, among other safety teams. 

An Army veteran and former police officer, Mr. Andreas has served with the school district since 2016. Before joining the school district, he was responsible for numerous state and local security programs and initiatives. Mr. Andreas’ promotion comes at an essential time as the school district looks to develop a self-sustained police force to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff throughout Sarasota County.

“Mike Andreas is a proven security professional whose experience and expertise in leading school and community security efforts is outstanding,” commented Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “We are lucky to have someone with his background and I am confident that the school police department will soon become a model of excellence under his leadership. I look forward to working with him and his team to ensure the long-term safety of our students.”

Mr. Andreas has extensive experience and knowledge in law enforcement, homeland security, school safety and security, risk assessment, emergency management and security technologies. He will be responsible for the formation and long-term implementation of the Department of Public Safety, which will include the school police force and the operations command center, among other functions. The department is currently seeking a Chief of Police, Police Sergeants and School Resource Officers for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.

“I look forward to hiring and leading a team of dedicated professionals to ensure the safety of the school community,” Mr. Andreas said. “I am excited for the opportunity to collaborate with the Superintendent and local law enforcement partners to establish a best-in-class public safety department.”

Prior to joining the Sarasota County School District, Mr. Andreas served as director of the Graduate School of Homeland Security Studies at Endicott College in Massachusetts, where he was responsible for leading the faculty and designing the program’s homeland and domestic security programs. During his career, Mr. Andreas has served on numerous federal, state and local task forces, including the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, the U.S. Attorneys Massachusetts Anti-Terrorism Task Force, and Governor Mitt Romney’s Criminal Justice Transition Team. 

Mr. Andreas served on the Salem Massachusetts Police Department in various positions, including patrolman, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, patrol officer-in-charge, training officer, and anti-terrorism officer. He was also a faculty member at the Massachusetts Municipal Police Academy, where for seven years he taught police recruits in courses such as Crime Scene Investigation, Ethics, Investigative Techniques, Interview and Interrogation, and Counter-Terrorism Techniques.

Mr. Andreas was awarded a full scholarship from the Department of Homeland Security to attend the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where he earned a master’s degree in National Defense and Homeland Security. He also received a master’s in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College and a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont. Mr. Andreas was an officer in the U.S. Army, having earned a Bronze Star for his combat service leading a divisional cavalry troop in the first Gulf War.

Mr. Andreas lives in Venice, FL. He and his wife, Karen, have two sons who attend Stetson University in DeLand. They also have two dogs named Freedom and Independence.

About Sarasota County Schools
Dedicated to academic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. The Sarasota County School District is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an “A” grade since 2004. Learn more:  www.SarasotaCountySchools.net.  

Notice of Public Meetings to Discuss Pedestrian and Bike Improvements Around Sarasota High School

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We want to hear from you! 

Sarasota County Schools is hosting two public listening sessions to identify opportunities to improve pedestrian and bike paths around Sarasota High School. With the extended closure of School Avenue, the school district, along with the Sarasota City Commission, is looking for public input on ideal walking and biking conditions that meet the needs of the community. Both meetings will be held at Sarasota High School.

Sarasota High School Cafeteria

2155 Bahia Vista Street

Sarasota, FL  34239

  • Tuesday, June 19 from 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday June 26 from 6 – 8 p.m.

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Sarasota County Schools to Launch LET’S EAT!, a Summer Feeding Program to Fuel Young Minds and Bodies this Summer

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Summer Hunger

Summer Hunger Program in Partnership with the All Faith’s Food Bank to Feed Children throughout Sarasota County

SARASOTA COUNTY, June 5, 2018 – More than 50 percent of students attending Sarasota County Schools are eligible for free and reduced lunch. During the summer months, many of these students and their younger siblings will go hungry and not have enough to eat. Sarasota County Schools, in conjunction with the All Faith’s Food Bank and USDA, will embark on a summer feeding program to ensure healthy minds and bodies this summer by providing free breakfast and lunch meals to children throughout Sarasota County, including Atwater Elementary, Booker Middle, Brookside Middle, Cranberry Elementary, Emma E. Booker Elementary, Fruitville Elementary, Glenallen Elementary, Gocio Elementary, Gulf Gate Elementary, Heron Creek Middle School, Lamarque Elementary, Tuttle Elementary and Wilkinson Elementary schools Monday through Thursday. For a full list of participating schools and community sites throughout the district visit www.SummerBreakSpot.FreshFromFlorida.com. Anyone 18 or younger is eligible to receive free meals. This is the twenty-first year Sarasota County Schools has implemented a summer feeding program to end hunger throughout the district.

“I don’t know of any other school district who tackles summer hunger like Sarasota County,” commented Scott Lempe, assistant superintendent and COO of Sarasota County Schools. “Despite the affluence of our community, many of our children go hungry every day. This program helps us fulfill an honorable obligation to ensure children remain happy and healthy during the summer months.”

“We are just delighted to bring delicious foods and meals to young children throughout the school district this summer,” noted Dr. Beverly Girard, director of Food and Nutrition Services. “All too often children go to bed hungry in our community. We need to ensure all children have access to healthy breakfast and lunch meals to promote young minds and bodies during the summer months. This ensures they return to school in the Fall on par with their peers.”

Starting June 4* through July 19, the following Sarasota County Schools will offer free breakfast and lunch meals Monday through Thursday:

  • Atwater Elementary School:  8 – 8:30 a.m.; 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Booker Middle School:  7:15 – 7:45 a.m.; 11 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Brookside Middle School:  7 – 7:30 am.; 11 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Cranberry Elementary School:  8 – 8:30 a.m.; 11 – 12:15 p.m.
  • Emma E. Booker Elementary School:  8 – 8:45 a.m.; 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Fruitville Elementary School:  8:15 – 9:15 a.m.; 11 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Glenallen Elementary School:  8 – 8:30 a.m.; 11:30 – Noon
  • Gocio Elementary School:  8 – 8:45 a.m.; 11 – Noon
  • Gulf Gate Elementary School:  8:15 – 9 a.m.; 11 – 12:15 p.m.
  • Heron Creek Middle School:  7 – 7:30 a.m.; 11 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Lamarque Elementary School:  8 – 8:30 a.m.; 10:45 – 12:15 p.m.
  • Tuttle Elementary School:  8 – 8:30 a.m.; 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Wilkinson Elementary School:  8 – 8:30 a.m.; 11 – 11:45 a.m.

In addition, the following Sarasota County Schools will provide a mix of fresh produce, meats and groceries in conjunction with the All Faith’s Food Bank Mobile Pantry program June 4* through August 21:

  • Booker Middle School:  Jun 4, Jun 18, Jul 2, Jul 16, Aug 6, Aug 20 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Brentwood Elementary School:  Jun 11, Jul 9, Aug 13 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Fruitville Elementary School:  Jun 20, Jul 18, Aug 15 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Gulf Gate Elementary School:  Jun 19, Jul 17, Aug 21 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Riverview High School:  Jun 5, July 3, Aug 7 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.

*Dates and times are subject to change.

Also, bags of kid-friendly food can be picked up by children 18 and under at most Sarasota County Libraries this summer.

Throughout the summer months, Sarasota County Schools will post healthy nutrition and exercise tips, summer reading book lists and other facts for families to use while at home or on vacation via their Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #LetsEatSCS. Video showcasing the summer feeding program will also be posted. Anyone interested in learning more about the All Faith’s Food Bank can do so at their website.  

About Sarasota County Schools

Dedicated to academic and athletic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. It is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an “A” grade every year since 2004. Learn more: SarasotaCountySchools.net.

   

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