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SRQ Daily Jul 9, 2018

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"Teachers are being evaluated using an illogical system that is demoralizing, especially to excellent, veteran teachers."

- RIchard Linden, Sarasota County School Board Candidate
 

[Politics]  Gavette Promises to Bring Diversity in Thought
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Pamela Gavette hopes soon to be the only Sarasota School Board member with current teaching credentials. But more than anything, she wants to bring a new way of thinking to the district. “There’s been little diversity of thought on the School Board for the last 10 years,” she says.

Gavette first decided to run after seeing her daughter and her peers have to fight for dual enrollment opportunities during high school. But as a former full-time elementary school teacher who still substitutes, her chief concern remains younger pupils. She’s upset that 1,056 of the district 3,313 third-graders tested this year could not read proficiently at grade level. While the school district boasts its long-time A-rating, she says that’s because of a concentration of affluent, high-performing students scoring high on tests, but that means little for the bottom end. She’d like to see 95 percent of students testing as proficient. “We won’t break the cycle of poverty until we make sure students know how to read,” she says.

Gavette also strongly disagrees with the recent district decision to hire its own police force. And she says she would never support arming teachers. But she dislikes the board approach. “I feel strongly law enforcement should be left to law enforcement officers and teaching should be left to teachers,” she says.

Regarding school choice, she notes 10 of 11 charter schools in the region help boost the district’s rating. And she says vouchers can be helpful to students with certain special needs. Ideally, she says public schools will be able to handle all needs, and in Sarasota that’s largely true. But she says one size does not fit all. “Every child could need something different,” she says. 

Gavette faces three opponents—Jane Goodwin, Richard Linden and Justin Cody Willis—in an Aug. 28 election. A runoff, if needed, is scheduled for Nov. 6. 

Photo courtesy Gavette campaign: Gavette (left) poses with her family.

[Politics]  Linden Wants Change in School Priorities
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Science teacher Richard Linden wants to see changes in the Sarasota County schools, and sees problems with spending, security and morale with the status quo. “Overall, it has felt to me as though student education and school security have not been the top spending priorities of this superintendent,” he says.

If elected to the School Board, Linden says he would do more to retain teachers in Sarasota. A long-time substitute who served as chemistry teacher at Venice High for months, he sees a deficit in enthusiasm among faculty in the district. “Teachers are being evaluated using an illogical system that is demoralizing, especially to excellent, veteran teachers,” Linden says. “During 2017, it was decided by the school district to expand the impact of this system on teacher compensation. This will likely result in many great teachers either retiring earlier than would have otherwise happened or relocating to other districts.”

Regarding school security, he thinks the district has made a mistake creating its own police force. “Rather, the district should work with local law enforcement agencies (the sheriff's office and the police departments in Sarasota, Venice and North Port) so that they provide the trained staff and the school district pays them for it,” he says. That Superintendent Todd Bowden would want to save money with this course shows a mismanagement of priorities, Linden says.

He’s completely opposed to vouchers being issued to students that can be used to pay for private schools, he says. But in evaluating new charter applications, he would research every proposal individually, including with campus visits to facilities run by applicants when possible.

Linden faces three opponents—Pamela Gavette, Jane Goodwin and Justin Cody Willis—in the Aug. 28 election. A runoff, if needed, is scheduled for Nov. 6. 

Photo courtesy Linden campaign: Linden in the classroom.

[Science]  Sarasota Lionfish Derby Reports Delicious Success

On July 7 and 8, divers boarded their boats, plunged into the Gulf of Mexico and removed 545 invasive lionfish during the fifth annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby, which concluded yesterday, July 8, at Mote Marine Laboratory. The Sarasota derby, part of REEF’s 2018 Lionfish Derby Series, was organized by Mote and Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), which helps study and address the lionfish invasion. Non-native lionfish have invaded Atlantic waters from South America to North Carolina, including the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, and lionfish derbies are part of an effort to reduce populations while monitoring and studying the invasion. The Sarasota derby drew six teams that contended to catch the most lionfish, the largest lionfish and the smallest lionfish in Gulf of Mexico waters ranging from Collier to Escambia County. On July 8, cash prizes ranging from $150 to $1,000 were awarded to teams who won or placed in each category. During the derby, top local chefs from Indigenous Restaurant, Michael's on East, Mattison's Forty-One, Modern Events and the Deep Sea Diner prepared dishes for a lionfish cooking competition. The public also enjoyed a raffle and watched lionfish be counted and measured by REEF staff and dissected by Mote scientists. Collecting data on local lionfish populations year after year helps scientists study population dynamics, behavior and adaptations over time. 

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

[Government]  CONA Hosting Candidate Forum Tonight

The Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) is hosting a candidate forum tonight at 7pm at the Sarasota Garden Club for candidates in the county commission district 2 race. Alexandra Coe, Ruta Maria Jouniari, and Christian Zeigler have been invited to participate in the CONA forum, as they are the candidates qualified to run in the district two race for the county commission in the August primary. The forum is free and open to the public. Written questions may be submitted in advance or at the meeting to be included, as time allows, following the questions posed by the moderator. Qualified candidates for any scheduled local race are welcome to attend the social before the meeting, even if not scheduled as a member of the panel for the forum. Representatives of organizations proposing amendments and referenda on the fall general election ballot also may attend. The forum begins at 7pm at the Sarasota Garden Club, with the social beginning a half hour before. 

CONA Sarasota

[Government]  Sarasota County Hosting Open House on Property Purchase

Sarasota County is hosting an open house to gauge community support for the potential purchase of a 3-acre waterfront property located at 1710 Vamo Drive, in Sarasota. The property contains a mangrove shoreline, large oaks, an open lawn area, an old dock and two historic homes; one built in 1900 and the other built in 1925. Maps and photos of the property will be available to view and county staff will on hand to answer questions about the potential land acquisition. The open house is 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, at Grace Church, 8521 Vamo Drive, Sarasota. 

Sarasota County Government



[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 12 – July 28

The 2018 Circus Spectacular will amaze and dazzle you. Join the performers for an hour of incredible family fun at affordable prices. Presented in collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for “children of all ages.”

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[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]  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]  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]  FESTIVAL: The 10th Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival , July 12 – July 14

Florida Studio Theatre will bring together over 75 of the best improvisers from all over the country, from as far as France and Spain. Beyond 28 opportunities to witness skillful spontaneity performed by professional improvisers, attendees will also have 16 opportunities to dive into their own comedic creativity with one full day of workshops running Saturday, July 14 from 9AM to 4PM.  Led by Festival performers, participants will have the chance to learn from some of the best in the industry with workshops ranging across a variety of skill and experience levels.


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]  PERFORMANCE: Swing Thru The Decades , July 15, 7pm

Come celebrate the music and experience the heart-pounding visual excitement of “Swing Dancing” from the 1920s, 30s, 40s all the way to the 2000’s, performed on stage by Wilsons Dance Club International’s World Class Dancers and Performers.The show also sees the much anticipated return of international performers: Artur Kozun and Natasha Barrera. The show is directed & choreographed by Wilson Barrera- 3 Time Global Ballroom Dance Champion and one of this year’s hand selected international judges at the world renowned “Blackpool Dance Festival” in Blackpool, England.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. West, Bradenton.

[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]  FESTIVAL: The 10th Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival - North Coast Extends Its Stay , July 20 – July 21

New York City’s premier hip-hop comedy team, North Coast, is extending its stay in Sarasota following the 10th Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival.  After the festival, running from July 12-14, North Coast will be in residence at FST for an additional week, leading workshops and delivering special encore performances on July 20 and 21 in FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre at 7:30pm each night. Workshops are $35 and are limited to 16 people. Those interested in discovering their own creative spontaneity can register for workshops by calling Pamela Smith, Education Administrator, at (941) 366-1350.

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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