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SRQ Daily Jun 29, 2018

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"My role will be to do everything imaginable to make it as easy as possible for professional educators to do their job"

- Jeff Maultsby, Sarasota County Schools
 

[Education]  Maultsby to Move from Economic Development to Schools
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

One of the region’s top leaders in economic development will now help lead the Sarasota County School District. Jeff Maultsby, Sarasota County’s director of Business and Economic Development, just accepted a job as the new chief operating officer and assistant superintendent of schools. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to contribute to this community in a completely different way and a completely different level,” Maultsby tells SRQ. 

Superintendent of Schools Todd Bowden said Maultsby’s connections throughout the region would prove invaluable to the district. “Jeff has a proven track record of cultivating government and business relationships, and I am excited for him to assume the role of COO and lead our school district during this period of growth and excellence,” Bowden said. 

Maultsby and Bowden’s professional relationship dates back five years to when Bowden served as director for Suncoast Technical College. As part of a workforce development effort at the time, the two collaborated on a precision machining program, with Sarasota County funding the equipment purchase and the college providing instruction and programming classes. Maultsby has since served on the school advisory board for the college.

In a release announcing the hire, Sarasota County schools officials said Maultsby would oversee school-based operations, human resources, communications, public safety and long-range planning teams. That could prove critical as the district creates its own police force and deals with increasing budget challenges. Maultsby stressed, though, that such challenges must get addressed by teams of professionals. Whether helping manage school security efforts or classroom-based endeavors, Maultsby expects to be providing district-level oversight and direction. “My role will be to do everything imaginable to make it as easy as possible for professional educators to do their job,” he said.

Maultsby led Sarasota County’s economic development efforts for 10 years, through a recession and as the county navigated the world of public incentives. Before taking that post, Maultsby oversaw Florida operations for the Cincinnati Reds when the Major League Baseball club held its spring training in Sarasota. 

[Politics]  School Board Candidates Tackle Leadership Tactics
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Editor's Note: Part 2 of 2.

Political controversies surround education, and a Sarasota School Board race pitting incumbent Shirley Brown against retired administrator Karen Rose has seen sharp disagreement on a number of issues even while both stress credentials in support of public schools. As school safety rose to become a central issue in school races around Florida following a shooting a Parkland high school, the rhetoric only has increased.

Right now, Brown feels public education faces funding threats from Tallahassee, and suggests her time as a state representative for the area offers insight and understanding and she works with lawmakers today. She noted recent discussions on tax rates where she convinced lawmakers to leave new construction out when calculating rollback rates for takes. But Rose feels fights with Tallahassee have come to dominate local politics to too great an extent. She declines to go in-depth about legislative issues like the expansion of vouchers, but notes only 1 percent of the district’s budget now goes toward vouchers. Rose did say she would have voted against the recent Pinecrest charter school proposal, as Brown did. Charter schools, both agreed, can play a role in area education but should not be run by for-profit corporations from outside the area.

Brown says the board has recently faced too much political divisiveness in part because of the arrival of Ziegler, who is more sympathetic to a Tallahassee agenda. She dislikes that Ziegler now serves as chair for the Florida Coalition of School Board Members, which often has a counter agenda to the Florida School Boards Association. Rose says she has not decided which of those organizations she will join if she gets elected to the school board. 

On public safety, Rose says the school superintendent should continue working with the sheriff and area law enforcement on securing campuses, as opposed to a recent move to start a district police force. Brown, who has supported the new force, says insistence by the sheriff to work with the board instead of the superintendent made such a relationship impossible. Rose heavily criticized Brown for missing a recent workshop called by School Board chair Bridget Ziegler on the issue. “Our families and teachers have to know we are giving them the highest protection this community has to office,” Rose said. Brown was out of the country at the time of the meeting and questioned the timing of it. She countered criticism noting Rose quit her job immediately after the February Parkland shooting. “To me that’s more egregious, that our head of middle schools just quits because she couldn’t take it any more,” Brown said.

The election for School Board District 4 is scheduled for Aug. 28. 

[Education]  Folino Named Principal of Tuttle Elementary School

Dr. Patti Folino has been named the new principal at Tuttle Elementary School effective July 9 and pending School Board approval. A Sarasota County Schools educator for 23 years, Folino joins the Tuttle school community from Brentwood Elementary, where she served as assistant principal since 2014. She replaces Tomas Dinverno, who left Tuttle Elementary for Venice Middle School earlier this spring. Before her role at Brentwood Elementary, Folino was a program manager and supervisor with the school district from 2005–14, where she was responsible for strategy for numerous professional development and teacher training programs. Before this administrative role, Dr. Folino was a language arts teacher at Booker Middle School from 2003–05 and a team leader, mentor and writing specialist at Gocio Elementary from 1995–2001. 

Tuttle Elementary School

[Downtown]  Sarasota Installs High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk on 1st

A new pedestrian-activated crosswalk signal on U.S. 41 is now active, providing improved safety and walkability for downtown residents and visitors. The High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) signal at U.S. 41 and First Street provides protected pedestrian crossings, stopping traffic on demand as needed. Once activated, a solid red indication is provided to motorists directing them to stop. The solid red indication advances to a flashing red that allows motorists to proceed with caution. The City of Sarasota collaborated with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), which completed the installation and activated the signal Thursday. 

City of Sarasota

[Government]  Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Promotes Three

Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight has announced the promotion of three Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office members. Detective Jack Gurney has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant assigned to the Patrol Bureau. Gurney joined the sheriff’s office in 2009 and throughout his career worked in the Tactical Unit, Criminal Investigations Section, and Patrol Bureau including at the Siesta Key substation. Emergency Operations Supervisor Michael Speigle has been promoted to the rank of Manager assigned to the Emergency Operations Bureau. Speigle joined the sheriff’s office in 2008 as a communications operator and, in 2012, was promoted to supervisor. Communications Operator Kevin Hiles has been promoted to the rank of Supervisor assigned to the Emergency Operations Bureau. Hiles joined the sheriff’s office in 2011 and is trained in emergency medical, emergency police and emergency fire dispatch services. 

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

[Business]  Thames Joins GCCF as Senior VP and COO

Veronica L. Thames has joined Gulf Coast Community Foundation in the new role of senior vice president for talent and innovation and chief operating officer, starting in early August. Thames currently serves as vice president of human resources at Blake Medical Center, part of Healthcare Corporation of America, for which she has worked since 2006. In this executive role, she has been responsible for key operations and personnel management of a 1,300-employee organization with 300 physicians and 350 active volunteers. Thames also served as Blake’s Logistics Officer during last year’s Hurricane Irma and earned multiple awards for highest participation in the charitable organization that supports employees within her organization. She is also the former chair and a longtime member of the Sarasota Manatee Healthcare Collaborative, has served as a board member and volunteered for numerous nonprofit and community organizations and is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Manatee. 

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

[Dining]  Michael's On East Earns 29th Four Diamond Rating

Michael’s On East has been awarded its 29th consecutive Four Diamond Rating by AAA. The AAA Diamond Rating Process is North America’s premier restaurant rating program, performed each year by professionally-trained evaluators from AAA’s national headquarters. Only 2.2 percent of more than 31,000 restaurants rated qualified for the AAA Four Diamond Award. AAA defines a Four Diamond restaurant as having menus that reflect a high degree of creativity and complexity, using imaginative presentations to enhance high quality, market-fresh ingredients, and a service staff that demonstrates a strong desire to meet or exceed guest expectations. A wine steward is typically available to provide menu-specific knowledge on wine selection. The ambiance is highly refined and well coordinated. There are no payments or membership dues associated with the AAA rating system to ensure objective and trusted reviews. 

Michael's On East

[Healthcare]  Manatee Memorial Receives Stroke Treatment Awards

Manatee Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the tenth year. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, based on the latest scientific evidence. MMH earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. The hospital also received the association’s Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll award for the second year. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. 

Manatee Memorial Hospital



[TODAY]  GALLERY: Warhol: Flowers In the Factory , February 11 – June 30

This exhibition showcases the surprising and little examined, role of nature in Warhol’s art and life. The spectacular 15-acre tropical setting of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens on Sarasota Bay will provide a matchless context for examining Warhol’s fascination with the natural world in this focused, immersive exhibition. It is curated by Carol Ockman, Ph.D., curator-at-large of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History at Williams College

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Floridian Artists Exhibition , June 8 – June 30

As the warm summer heat sets in, 530 Burns Gallery is pleased to highlight artists who hail from Florida. Summertime and sunshine always bring inspiration, and each artist uses his or her diverse style to create innovative and original art works. Featured artists include Gary Borse, Linda Richichi, Katie Cassidy, Todd Andrew Babb, Randy Colbath and Bettina Sego.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota

[WEEKEND]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point Beach , June 30, 8:30am-11:30am

Join John Sarkozy, as he shows you the natural beauty of Little Sarasota Bay. All kayak equipment will be supplied to you and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. A short training session will be given before the trip for those who wish to take it. Take a break on the “crown jewel” of local beaches and take a swim or a walk before paddling back to the mainland.

American Littoral Society

[WEEKEND]  FILM: Films on the Fairway , June 30, 7pm

The Palms Golf Club and the Sarasota Film Festival are teaming up for Films on the Fairway. Throughout the summer, you will be able to enjoy a film, food and fun on the gorgeous greens of the Palms Golf Club. In their upcoming screening, the golf club will show Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, the 1981 Steven Spielberg classic starring Harrison Ford. Tickets can be bought in advance or purchased at the door. Premium tickets are also available on a limited first come-first serve basis. For $27.50, enjoy dinner, a beverage of choice, a golf cart with preferred viewing, unlimited popcorn and waitress service! Reservations must be made and paid in prior to June 23rd, 2018.

The Palms Golf Club, 1990 S Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232

[WEEKEND]  THEATER: FST Improv Presents: FST Freestyle Saturdays , April 14 – June 30, 7:30pm

FST Improv was started in 2001 by Rebecca Hopkins and has been entertaining audiences on the Suncoast of Florida ever since. The first few years of performances were in the Goldstein Cabaret before finding a permanent home in the Bowne’s Lab in 2013. In 2014, former ImprovBoston Artistic Director Will Luera was hired as the Director of Improvisation and a variety of new shows have been added including long-form favorites When X Meets Y, We're Doomed, and The More You Know.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[WEEKEND]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay , July 1, 8:30am-11:30am

Enjoy quiet water, open-seated kayaking and exploration from Casperson Beach to Lemon Bay. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point Beach , July 4, 8:30am-11:30am

Join John Sarkozy, as he shows you the natural beauty of Little Sarasota Bay. All kayak equipment will be supplied to you and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. A short training session will be given before the trip for those who wish to take it. Take a break on the “crown jewel” of local beaches and take a swim or a walk before paddling back to the mainland.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular , July 4, 4:30pm-10:00pm

Join Marina Jack for their annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on Independence Day between 11:00 am-10:00pm. Indulge in the decadent menus from the Dining Room, Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill and Deep Six Lounge & Piano Bar all while enjoying the magnificent display of lights in the sky. Marina Jack II will host a three-hour cruise featuring a buffet, live music and premier viewing of the fireworks display.

Marina Jack's, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip From Curry Creek to Nokomis , July 7, 8:30am-11:30am

Enjoy the great outdoors with a kayak paddle led by John Sarkozy, through Nokomis and the Curry Creek Preserve. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. Bring drinking water, suncreen and your sense of adventure. 

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip From Snook Haven Down The Myakka River , July 10, 8:30am-11:30am

Take a kayak trip led by John Sarkozy from the wild and scenic Myakka River, and travel downstream from Snook Haven. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 per person for ALS members and $25 for non-members. For those who want it, there will be a short training session given before launch.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  THEATER: What the Butler Saw , July 10 – July 29

Wild, risqué, and ferociously funny, Joe Orton’s classic farce takes aim at everything from sex to psychiatry. In an exclusive, private mental health clinic, Dr. Prentice is attempting to seduce his prospective secretary when his wife walks in, interrupting his sordid intentions and kicking off a maniacal tour de force involving a state inspector, bellboys, slamming doors, and, above all, Orton’s wicked wit and breakneck dialogue. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Tops from Flops , July 11 – July 22

A musical review of America’s most treasured musical theater songs that came from some of Broadways biggest fiascos.  Enjoy an evening of great and enduring all-time hits from composers like:  George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and many more!  An exuberant tour through the last 75 years of Broadways musical giants all spawned from Broadways biggest flops.

Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Tenth Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival , July 12 – July 14

Troupes are coming from all over the country, from as far away as France and Spain, all ready to bring their best spontaneous hilarity to the Gulf Coast. Featuring an unprecedented THREE headliners - Baby Wants Candy (Chicago), Impro Madrid (Spain) and Impro Theatre (LA) - one for each day of the Festival. Plus, several returning favorites including North Coast (NYC), Parallelogramophonograph (Austin, TX), ImprovBoston (Boston, MA), STACKED (Chicago, IL) and Available Cupholders (Austin, TX). 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay , July 15

Enjoy quiet water, open-seated kayaking and exploration from Casperson Beach to Lemon Bay. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip Through The Waterways of Nokomis , July 17, 8:30am-11:30am

John Sarkozy will lead a kayak expedition through the bays and canals around Nokomis, exploring the small islands, the birds and the marine life of the area. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. A short training class will be offered before the launch, for those interested. 

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  THEATER: The Music of the Night , July 17 – August 19

The Swingaroos return to the cabaret with an all-new show—Music of the Night. Offering their swingin'est versions of songs embraced by the worlds of theatre and jazz, this hit show overflows with hits by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Kander & Ebb and many more. With a touch of 30s and 40s flair and bold arrangements, The Swingaroos lend a spirited voice to the most-cherished American songs and personalities of the past century. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Little Mermaid , July 20 – July 21

Disney's The Little Mermaid is a stage musical based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love. Come see the theater bring classic underwater tale alive.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. West, Bradenton

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip From Snook Haven Down The Myakka River , July 24, 8:30am-11:30am

Take a kayak trip led by John Sarkozy from the wild and scenic Myakka River, and travel downstream from Snook Haven. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 per person for ALS members and $25 for non-members. For those who want it, there will be a short training session given before launch.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Luncheon: Transformation in Philanthropy , July 26, 11:00am-1:00pm

The SRQ Transformative Philanthropy luncheon and panel discussion will explore the organizations and individuals who are changing the face of the nonprofit world through innovative approaches, strategic alliances and groundbreaking initiatives that foster and employ engagement to make a difference. The luncheon will culminate with presentation of the SRQ Local Philanthropy Hero Award honoring area trailblazers whose passion and drive are benefitting nonprofit organizations along the Gulfcoast.

The Francis , 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

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