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Sarasota County Schools Announces Next Digital Town Hall

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Digital Town Hall Oct 10

Panel to focus on mental and behavioral health topics relevant to students and parents

September 28, 2018 – Sarasota County Schools will be holding its latest Digital Town Hall from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10. Emceed by TV personality Adam Cellini, the evening will focus on the importance of civility, the value of preventative care like counseling and therapy, ways to reach emotional well-being and how the community and schools can partner together and provide wraparound care for Sarasota’s children and families. Viewers will be able to ask questions and join in the conversation live through the district’s Facebook page and Twitter handle.

Guest panelists will include:

  • Dr. Todd Bowden, Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools
  • Bridget Ziegler, Chair of the Sarasota County School Board
  • Dr. Laura Kingsley, Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer of Sarasota County Schools
  • Sonia Figaredo-Alberts, Executive Director of Pupil Support Services, Sarasota County Schools
  • Debra Giacolone, Supervisor of Student Services, Sarasota County Schools
  • Veronica Thames, Senior Vice President of Talent & Innovation and Chief Operating Officer, Gulf Coast Community Foundation
  • Kirsten Russell, Director of Community Investment, Community Foundation of Sarasota County
  • John Annis, Senior Vice President of Collaboration & Impact and Chief Operating Officer, Barancik Foundation
  • Dr. Kristie Skoglund, Chief Operating Officer of the Florida Center

“It is extremely important for us to engage in conversations about mental and behavioral health, not just to broaden our understanding as educational leaders, but to make sure we are connecting our children and their families to the best resources,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Our professional and philanthropic partners in the community share our vision to reach families and work through these topics. We look forward to this meaningful conversation and hope students and parents will tune in and participate with us.”

Guests can watch the Digital Town Hall online at or via The Education Channel on Comcast 20 and Frontier 33. To send questions in advance of the live digital event, please email:


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