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Sarasota County Schools Welcomes Superintendent Dr. Brennan Asplen at August 10 Swearing-In Ceremony

SARASOTA COUNTY, August 10, 2020 – Sarasota County Schools formally welcomed Dr. Brennan Asplen as the district’s new Superintendent of Schools this morning. The ceremony, officiated by the Honorable Judge Lee Haworth, was held in the School Board’s chambers. A small gathering of Dr. Asplen’s family & friends, School Board members & district personnel, and members of the citizen-comprised Community Advisory Committee witnessed the special occasion.

Video of the ceremony will be re-aired on the school district’s Education Channel and is also available anytime on the district’s YouTube channel. Please see below for Dr. Brennan Asplen’s remarks from the ceremony:

“I am honored to serve as the new Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. Let me begin by thanking everyone who is in attendance this morning; To the School Board and  Community Advisory Committee, I thank you for the confidence you have placed in selecting me, and I fully comprehend the mission that you have entrusted to my care. To the district employees, I appreciate the support you have already displayed, and I look forward to laboring alongside you to serve our students. And to my family, I thank you for being the foundation of my career- My wife is my rock, who I admire as an educator herself, my children are my inspiration, who keep me relevant, and my grandson is my joy and hope for tomorrow.

Sarasota County is an extraordinary place, and its school district is consistently one of the highest-ranked in Florida. I am excited to work with the Board Members, school district employees, students, parents, and the community to not only continue, but also elevate our commitment to providing a high-quality public education for all students. Though we have each been profoundly impacted by the pandemic, I have faith that we can come together as a community to support our schools.

All students have a right to a stellar public education in an environment where they can shine, make memories, and grow into their fullest potential. We must not lose sight of the importance of academic, emotional, and civic growth for our children, even during this time of adversity. The start of this school year will certainly be unique, and it will surely present learning curves for us all. I ask for your compassion, understanding, and collaborative spirit – not just for our school communities, but towards your neighbors, children, and anyone you may encounter. Our children are looking to us to lead by example. I know we can achieve great things if we all unite positively to forge ahead into this new school year; we must maximize the present, however challenging, while we look toward a bright future.

I am humbled and sincerely grateful to now serve as your Superintendent. I look forward to getting to know our community better and cannot wait to lead Sarasota County Schools into its new school year, and beyond.”

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