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

Tom Edwards is a voice of reason in a time when it is needed most. His actions, words, and votes as a school board member always focus on what is best for our students, staff, and community. When Project Pride’s leadership invited him to be Grand Marshall for their parade on October 21, he accepted this honor. He embraced the opportunity to visibly and vocally stand up proudly for our marginalized LGTBQ+ community. Tom always says, “It’s not difficult to do the right thing.” He