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Oak Park South school in Venice to close

Jul 8, 2014 • Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota County Schools official Sonia Figaredo-Alberts said the school was shut down at the end of the 2013-14 year because it did not fit into the district's philosophy of mainstreaming students. Most of the Oak Park South students were elementary ... More

NEW: School Board decides to cut media specialists

Apr 16, 2013 • Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The Sarasota County School Board decided Tuesday to replace the 12 media specialists with aides at the district's high and middle schools for the 2013-14 year. The elementary media specialists had been axed in 2010 in an earlier round of cuts. The ... More

House's school budget raise won't stem cuts, educators say

Mar 29, 2013 • Sarasota Herald-Tribune (blog)
Schools will get a boost in the Florida House's $74.4 billion budget proposal, but local school leaders say the uptick will likely not be enough to derail previously announced budget cuts that follow years of funding shortages. ... increase for the ... More

NEW: Sheriff wants to remove officers from city schools

Mar 26, 2013 • Sarasota Herald-Tribune
That is why Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Lori White calls them one of the best ways to keep schools safe. But the question becomes, who should pay them? Sarasota County Sheriff Thomas Knight has told school officials he plans to remove the ... More

School media specialists battle proposed cuts

Apr 2, 2013 • Sarasota Herald-Tribune
These media specialists are irreplaceable, said a group of about a dozen who rallied against budget cuts for next school year at Sarasota County Schools. “A library without librarians is just a bookstore,” was one sign the group held during Tuesday's ... More

New principal for McIntosh Middle School

Apr 26, 2012 • Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Prior to leading Phoenix Academy, a school for students who struggle in regular schools, Moore was an assistant principal at Riverview High School in Sarasota and at Manatee and Palmetto high schools in Manatee County. Her qualifications include a ... More

NEW: Teacher aides wonder if they'll get bonuses, too

May 9, 2013 • Sarasota Herald-Tribune
They file paperwork, deal with unruly students and help with lessons, just like any teacher does. That is why some teacher aides say they feel left out on the verge of a $480 million plan to give bonuses to Florida teachers, assistant principals ... More

NEW: For teachers, mixed-grade classrooms a mixed bag

Mar 20, 2013 • Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The number of elementary classrooms with mixed grades has jumped 57 percent — from 14 to 22 this school year — as Sarasota County Schools has lumped different grades together to keep class size down. Otherwise, the district might break a state law ... More

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