The Tom Edwards Advantage: Leading the Way for Every Student, Every Day How long have you been a resident of Sarasota County?7 years Describe, specifically, what you see as the primary role and functions of the school board?I see the role of a school board member as a Sarasota Ambassador of Public Education for Teacher Advocacy, High Achieving Student Outcomes, and Budget Compliance. This position requires keen financial oversight to keep students, teachers, and the district safe and financially secure while proactively keeping taxes low and

The Sarasota County School Board stands at a pivotal juncture, its once-solid foundation now shaken by a palpable loss of trust within the community. The heart of this erosion lies in a profound lack of faith in the current board composition, with Bridget Ziegler’s reputation staining the dais. Our community, united in its commitment to educational excellence, now finds itself at odds with a leadership that seems disconnected from the very values it purports to uphold. The repercussions of persisting down this path are

Introduction The past school board year has been marred by controversies, distractions, and questionable decision-making, diverting attention from the primary goal of academic excellence. From the termination of Dr. Brennan Asplen, redistricting, and the recent Ziegler scandal, the board's focus on political agendas has left the community suffering serious buyer’s remorse following the most recent school board election. Lost Opportunities Amid the chaos of searching for Dr. Asplen's replacement, valuable time that could have been dedicated to academic improvements was squandered on restructuring plans by the

This will be an ongoing series of articles by Tom Edwards to communicate with the community about the issues discussed at Sarasota County School Board meetings. Education is a crucial aspect of any community, and Tom knows how important it is for stakeholders to understand the decisions being made and their impact on students, families, and staff. Breaking down complex topics and providing insights directly from the school board dais is a valuable way to engage and inform the community. This approach will help demystify