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SARASOTA COUNTY, August 7, 2018 – Sarasota County Schools is primed and ready to begin the 2018—2019 school year strong. Fresh off another A-graded year, the district remains committed to student success, focused on enhancing the leadership potential of its educators and dedicated to maintaining the safety and security of all students and personnel.

“We are excited to welcome our students back for another great year,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Our educators and students achieved a lot last year, but there is still more learning and growing to be done. We are always looking to maintain a standard of excellence and build on our success. We continually evaluate our approaches to ensure we are meeting and exceeding the needs of our talented students, and look forward to continuing the momentum from last year.”

Here are a few key points for parents and students to keep in mind as they prepare to go back to school:

New Administrative Leaders

  • Assistant Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer – Jeff Maultsby
  • Executive Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Management – Michael D. Andreas
  • Director of Leadership – Carol Kay Brown
  • Sarasota County School District Chief of Police – Paul Grohowski
  • Principal of Atwater Elementary School – Cynthia Thro
  • Principal of Tuttle Elementary School – Dr. Patti Folino
  • Program Director of Triad Alternative School – Melanie Ritter
  • Principal of Venice Middle School – Tomas Dinverno
  • Principal of Lamarque Elementary School – Troy Thompson

Sarasota County Schools Police Department

In proactive response to SB 7026, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, Sarasota County Schools has formed the Sarasota County Schools Police Department (SCSPD). The school-based police force has a combined 544 years of law enforcement experience. Led by a Chief of Police, at completion the department will have three sergeants overseeing 21-24 school resource officers. As the hiring and training of SCSPD officers is on-going, the elementary schools within the city limits of North Port, Venice, and Sarasota cities will be staffed with SCSPD officers first, with the elementary schools in non-city zoned parts of the county being staffed by school resource deputies provided by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. District middle schools and high schools will also have school resource deputies.

Increased Safety and Security on School Campuses

Parents can expect some changes at each school and are encouraged to get to know their School Resource Officer. Parents and students must now access their school through a single point of entry at the front office. School gates will always remain locked, and parents and visitors must sign in and go through a security identification check at the front office. Camera pathways have been enhanced throughout school grounds and school emergency codes—code red, code yellow, etc.—have been replaced by plain-language announcements that students and staff will hear over the school intercom should an emergency occur. Parents are highly encouraged to sign up for the district’s Connect-Ed email and text message alert service through their respective school as well as Follow the Sarasota County Schools’ official Facebook page..

Sarasota County Schools’ App

The district has an innovative app, perfect for keeping students and families in the know about the latest district news, events and other information. On the app, parents can choose specific schools to follow, access district calendars and lunch menus, keep up with their favorite school sports teams and see news and social media posts from the district, all in one place. Users can also access the district’s Student and Parent Portal to track grades and attendance. The Sarasota County Schools app is available as a free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Office of Community Involvement

The Volunteer and Partnership Office is now known as the Office of Community Involvement. The name change comes on the heels of a district-wide initiative to recruit 1,000 new volunteers over the next school year. Parents, volunteers and business partners can expect the same excellent experience with the newly-named Office, and are encouraged to reach out to others and get involved. The Office of Community Involvement can be reached at 941.927.9000 ext. 31500 or

Pupil Support Services

Ensure your student’s diverse needs are met by exploring the services and programs provided by Pupil Support Services. Sarasota County’s schools are inclusive and accessible to all students regardless of their learning path and individual needs. Services include school choice, Gifted testing and placement, emotional and behavioral health, alternative schooling, ESE occupational and physical therapy, homebound or hospitalized schooling in addition to many more. Call 941.927.9000 ext. 31109 for more information.

Bus Routes

Recently moved? Brand new to Sarasota County? You can go to our online portal to look up your student’s bus route based on your address. Our Transportation Department has also provided some helpful back-to-school bus safety information, particularly important for first-time bus riders. Learn all you need to know about school bus safety by clicking  here. Be sure to check out the transportation FAQs for additional helpful information.

School Lunch Menus

At Sarasota County Schools, we want our students to be happy and healthy. Our Food and Nutrition Services team is dedicated to delivering high-quality breakfast and lunch meals—a staggering 32,000 on a given day—to schools throughout Sarasota County. Learn more about the school lunch menus and our nutrition initiatives by visiting their page on our website.   


About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 53 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time, but do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on social media or visit




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