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Mr. Barry Dunn

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Mr. Barry Dunn

We are looking forward to a tremendous 2019-2020 School year!  My family and I are truly honored to be part of the Tatum Ridge Family and look forward to another great year.  My wife, Heather, is a First Grade Teacher at Tuttle Elementary School and we have three children: Austin (12), Emma (10), and Maggie (8).  They have all attended Tatum Ridge. Our faculty and support staff are working very hard to provide our students with a high-quality educational experience. With continuous family support and outstanding volunteers, our students are making tremendous strides in their educational journey. Tatum Ridge Elementary is truly appreciative for the high level of support we receive from you all. We also welcome all DADS to join our Tatum Dads Group.  We meet at Gecko's once a month to plan school-wide events and socialize with other Tatum dads.  

Tatum Ridge Elementary School has a strong tradition of supportive, hard-working families.  Please consider ways in which you can provide direct support for our school: join and participate with the PTO, volunteer in the classroom, help with our PBS celebrations, volunteer at Jog-a-thon, or attend School Advisory Council meetings. We welcome your willingness to join us in the many activities and events we have going on throughout the school year.

As always, my door is open to you. Please stop by anytime.

Thank you for all you do!

Tatum Ridge Announcements

District News

  • Brian Hatler Relieved of Coaching Duties at North Port High School

    SARASOTA COUNTY, November 6, 2019 – Brian Hatler, head football coach with North Port High School, has been relieved of his coaching duties following a 1-9 season with the Bobcats. Coach Hatler was initially named head of the football program at North Port High in 2015. He will continue to serve as a physical education teacher at the school.

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  • Sarasota County Schools and Newtown Alive Partner to Honor Dorothye Smith

    SARASOTA COUNTY, November 4, 2019 – Sarasota County Schools and Newtown Alive are pleased to announce an exciting and impactful partnership. Starting in the winter of 2020, Southside Elementary School will become a destination on the Newtown Alive trolley tour. The stop will feature a memorial plaque in honor of Mrs. Dorothye Smith, the first African American principal hired within the integrated school system in Sarasota County, to celebrate and recognize her leadership at Southside Elementary.

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  • Sarasota County Schools Police Department Holds Sergeant Promotion Ceremony

    SARASOTA COUNTY, November 1, 2019 – On Friday morning, the Sarasota County Schools Police Department (SCSPD) promoted Edward “Chip” Kuentzel to the rank of Sergeant. District personnel, guests from the community and media were all on hand to witness the honored ceremony.

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