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Saturdays letters: Red tide, Florida voting, more  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

News articles downplay high toxicity of red tideMany news articles concerning red tide are misleading, often by sins of omission but at times by commission.



Photos: Photos: Booker High Football Practice  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Booker High School Tornadoes practice on Tuesday afternoon. July 31, 2018; Herald-Tribune photo/Carla Varisco. Buy Photo. [2/27]. Booker High School ...



Embracing Our Differences gives two Booker students the chance to shine  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA — For two Booker High School art students, getting selected for Embracing Our Differences' upcoming exhibit means the chance to show the world ...



Sarasota County principals receive their accolades  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA — Teachers are generally the first faces children see when they enter the classroom. But principals and assistant principals are the administrators ...



Booker High student moves forward after emergency brain surgery  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Isabella Smith realized life is fleeting the day she underwent emergency brain surgery. On May 22, two days before the end of her junior year as a theater ...



Booker Middle, Riverview High administrators collect district awards  YourObserver.com

Booker Middle School's principal and Riverview High's assistant principal were named tops in their fields by Sarasota County Schools at surprise ceremonies ...



Booker High School hosts upbeat graduation ceremony  YourObserver.com

The Booker High School Class of 2018 graduated May 17 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.



Photos: PHOTOS: Football / Booker vs Palmetto  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Palmetto's Reese Lyons keeps Booker's #2 Jermiah Davis at bay during first half of Friday nights game. August 17, 2018; Herald-Tribune photo/Carla Varisco.



Booker High School teacher to be named Barnes & Noble "National Teacher of the Year"  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA — Searching through a stuffed purple folder, Ellen Bausback scrambled to find a scholarship application when she found something else: a notice ...



BOYS BASKETBALL: Williams, Clark give Booker a 1,000-point duo  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Tornado seniors have been working hard at their games since they were freshmen ... and it's paying off. SARASOTA. When Johnnie Williams and Jordan Clark ...



Local Students Awarded for 2019 Embracing Our Differences Exhibit  Sarasota

The 2019 international art exhibit Embracing Our Differences runs Jan. 19 through March 15 in Bayfront Park.



Higher concentrations of lead found in three Sarasota Co. schools  WWSB

Although there is no mandate that requires schools to test for lead, Sarasota County schools will be conduction voluntary water testing in the area.



Booker High a cappella group showcases students talents  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA — The Booker High School Music Department unveiled its community outreach vocal ensemble, Jet Streams, at the beginning of the 2017-18 ...



Remembering Coach Larry Richardson  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Longtime Booker High football and track and field coach impacted hundreds of young men and women during his career.



PREP FOOTBALL: After slow start, Booker headed in right direction  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA. Jeremiah Davis was upset. The Booker High football team opened the season with just one win in its first four games, heading into its off week.



Testing reveals traces of lead at three Sarasota schools  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

McIntosh Middle School, Venice Middle School and Englewood Elementary School all had lead in the drinking water that went beyond the EPA's recommended ...



DNA Credited With Solving 30-Year-Old Florida Murder  Sarasota, FL Patch

DNA Credited With Solving 1988 Florida Murder - Sarasota, FL - The body of a 23-year old woman was found in a Sarasota field by a jogger on July 31, 1988.



How Sarasota County hired a teacher under investigation in Manatee  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The teacher left Manatee County amid an investigation into alleged misconduct with a minor. Four months later, Sarasota hired him.



Booker High Limits Tickets For Graduation For 1st Time  Patch.com

Booker High Limits Tickets For Graduation - Sarasota, FL - Sarasota County Schools also announced the 2017 graduation schedule for its other traditional high ...



School grades: Sarasota stays A and Manatee keeps B for 2018  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Sarasota County Schools maintained an overall A grade, and the Manatee County district stayed at a B, according to district ratings released Wednesday by the ...



New LGBT student guidelines in place at Sarasota County schools  WFLA

Sarasota County schools now have new policies in place for gay and transgender students. The sudden announcement was met with controversy.



Lead found in Sarasota schools: Should you be worried?  WWSB

SARASOTA (WWSB) - Newly released test results show levels of lead above federal recommendations at McIntosh and Venice middle schools, and Englewood ...



‘We Are Sarasota’ celebrates Civil Rights with speeches, songs  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Sarasota County Bar Association and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe take a local look at the Civil Rights movement.



Booker students stage benefit show for injured classmate  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Booker High School VPA's theater department students are doing what they do best to support a classmate who sustained a brain injury during a freak accident ...



New allegations from Sarasota students against teacher who was arrested  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

After the arrest last week of a Booker High School math teacher who was allegedly involved with a 16-year-old student in Manatee County, Sarasota County ...



Parents attack, defend Sarasota schools LGBT guidelines  WFLA

Newly-adopted guidelines for LGBT students in Sarasota schools created hours of debate at Tuesday's school board meeting.



Seidman: Sarasota, how much do you care about the air we share?  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Dr. Rachael Shelley, principal of Booker High School and last year's Florida Department of Education Principal of the Year, arrived late to last week's meeting at ...



Young Booker grad works his way through Sarasota theater scene as dancer, actor and choreographer  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

From the eighth row of a final rehearsal for “All Shook Up,” a musical at The Players Centre, choreographer Brian Finnerty pops the top on a Diet Coke, takes a ...



Bowden accuser will remain on staff as teacher trainer  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Booker High School assistant principal who filed a discrimination complaint against the Sarasota County School District will remain on staff next year as a ...



Who knew what when? A timeline of the Quentin Peterson case  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Lincoln Memorial Academy's board says questions over Principal Eddie Hundley's reference for a teacher under investigation for sexual misconduct are rooted ...



Why Hire Teacher Under Investigation For Sex With Minor?  Sarasota, FL Patch

Parents Want To Know How Math Teacher Was Hired - Sarasota, FL - Following the arrest of a Booker High School math teacher for possessing child ...



Sarasota school security: How did we get here?  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

What's the district's current plan for school security? Next year, the Sarasota County School District will have two separate types of school security: traditional ...



Thirty years later, arrest made in 1988 Sarasota murder case  FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay

Sarasota police announced Monday the arrest in a cold case from 1988.



Booker principal earns state recognition  YourObserver.com

Booker High School Principal Rachel Shelley was named Florida's 2017 Principal of the Year.



Sheriff criticizes Sarasota County Schools' security plan  WFLA

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - Sheriff Tom Knight and Superintendent Todd Bowden have seemingly become embroiled in a very public dispute over ...



Sarasota students honored for achievement despite difficult circumstances  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Fifty district students were awarded $2500 scholarships from the Education Foundation for overcoming adversity.



Sarasota high schools host walkouts to demand change, honor Parkland victims  YourObserver.com

Inspired by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High following the mass shooting at the school Feb. 14, Sarasota students joined a national conversation ...



Bowden accuser sues school district for discrimination  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The lawsuit, filed earlier this month, alleges that Lyna Jimenez-Ruiz was discriminated against and retaliated against for issuing a sexual harassment complaint.



Sarasota was unaware of teacher investigation safeguard  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Sarasota District leaders look for answers after a Manatee teacher under investigation for alleged misconduct was hired in Sarasota.



Booker High School Names New Girls Basketball Coach  Patch.com

Sarasota, FL - Loy Moore will lead the team and teach physical education classes at the school.



Woman who filed complaint against district will not be retained  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Lyna Jimenez-Ruiz, an assistant principal at Booker High School, had filed a sexual harassment allegation against Todd Bowden. The Sarasota County School ...



Prepped: Booker Highs little band that could  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Seven years ago, Booker High School had no marching band. Now the Whirlwind Brigade is hitting its stride with creative halftime shows that do more with less.



Tragedy spurs Sarasota high schoolers to act  YourObserver.com

Students say "enough is enough," and organize walkouts, rallies to make their points heard about school safety following the mass shooting in Parkland.



Government dismisses Sarasota school discrimination complaint  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A federal agency rules that a Booker High School assistant principal's case against principal Rachel Shelley and superintendent Todd Bowden was ...



Manatee principal recommended teacher he knew was under investigation to Sarasota  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Lincoln Memorial Middle School teacher Eddie Hundley was aware there was enough evidence for authorities to seize former Lincoln teacher Quentin ...



6A STATE BOYS BASKETBALL: Prime time for Booker  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Grueling conditioning program prepares Tornadoes for 6A State Final 4.



Former State Champion Returns to Booker as Head Coach  Patch.com

Sarasota, FL - Markus Black, a 2006 graduate, will replace Phil Helmuth as boys basketball coach.



DNA links incarcerated man to Sarasota cold case  FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay

Judith Doherty was just 23 years old when her body was found in a field at Booker High School.



Hundley defends himself in testy administrative showdown  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Lincoln Memorial Academy principal Eddie Hundley asserted his innocence Wednesday, despite recommending Sarasota hire a teacher he knew was under ...



Sarasota School Officials Reach Out Following Parkland Shooting  WUSF News

Officials with Sarasota County Schools are reaching out to the community for their thoughts and suggestions on how to improve the school's security in.



Booker High School touts county Teacher of the Year  YourObserver.com

Language Arts teacher Khea Davis is awarded the Sarasota County Schools Teacher of the Year award.



Behind the Scenes of a Booker High School Musical  Sarasota

Get over 'Glee.' Forget 'Fame.' No one outshines the kids at our own Booker High VPA.



Superintendent wants to fire Booker High teacher  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Doug O'Connell could lose his job after students complain that he talked inappropriately about his sex life and shared "very vulgar" images of sexually ...



Booker HS Teacher Aide Named School-Related Employee of the Year  Patch.com

BHS Aide Named School-Related Employee of Year - Sarasota, FL - Anthony Chioccarelli Jr. was this year's top honoree. He was among 50 nominees selected ...



Booker High School graduates inspire spectators  YourObserver.com

The Booker High School class of 2017 and their loved ones recently proved that it's possible to be brought to tears at a graduation celebration where you don't ...



Sarasota school district changes story on hiring of suspect  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

HR director contradicts superintendent about circumstances that allowed hiring of teacher under investigation in Manatee. Despite telling the Herald-Tribune last ...



New transgender rules in Sarasota County spark controversy  WWSB

On Tuesday evening, Sarasota County School Superintendent Todd Bowden released the transgender guidelines that allow students to use restroom and locker ...



Booker High School hosts timeless night  YourObserver.com

Students attended prom on May 20 on Michael's on East.



Sarasota Police solve 30-year-old cold case  WWSB

SARASOTA (WWSB) - A 30-year-old cold case has been solved by the Sarasota Police Department. Close. Subtitle Settings. Font. Default, Mono Sans, Mono ...



Manatee principal to fight claim that he covered for alleged sexual predator  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Lincoln Memorial Academy principal Eddie Hundley will represent himself against allegations that he lied to help a suspected sex offender get a job in Sarasota.



Previewing Booker High School's Spring Musical  Sarasota

The Booker Visual and Performing Arts program presents Pippin, April 14-16. Here's our Q&A with Booker VPA director Scott Keys. (You can also get a ...



Teachers of the year take home Sarasota schools top honor  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA — People often say that the best part of a wedding is the look on the groom's face as the bride walks down the aisle. The same could be said about ...



Officials investigate Riverview shooting threat  YourObserver.com

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has received an anonymous tip about a possible shooting threat involving a Riverview High School student, according to a ...



Manatee principal made 'blatantly false' statements to get accused sex offender a job, superintendent says  Bradenton Herald

Manatee Superintendent DIana Greene sent a letter of reprimand to Lincoln Memorial Middle School Principal Eddie Hundley, accusing him of making false and ...



Students who make school threats face severe punishment  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA — Those making threats to local schools on social media could be charged with a second-degree felony, according to Florida statutes. Since last ...



Sarasota schools recognize volunteers and partners at ceremony  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Sarasota County School District recognized outstanding individual volunteers and business partners earlier this month, during its annual awards ceremony, ...



Riverview High's boys swimmers win team titles, but the girls team has the area's best swimmer  YourObserver.com

I don't often write two stories about one school, let alone one program, in one week. But Emma Weyant's future is too bright to ignore, and because the boys ...



Thousands seek shelter during Hurricane Irma  YourObserver.com

Booker High School had never had to open its doors as a shelter before. As Hurricane Irma approached Florida, the school became a home to more than 1300 ...



Welch has juice to power Manta Rays to title  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Senior helps Lemon Bay to victory in four events at Class 2A-11 meet.



Sarasota High not the target of online threats to "SHS," police say  YourObserver.com

Sarasota police this morning say a Wednesday night threat on social media against "SHS" that drew some attention locally originated in Ohio and isn't directed ...



School district paid thousands to investigate complaints against administrators  YourObserver.com

The Sarasota County School Board paid an outside law firm $20290 to investigate complaints made against Superintendent Todd Bowden and Booker High ...



Barnes & Noble Names Lem Andrews National Winner of the 2018 “My Favorite Teacher Contest” and “Teacher of the Year”  Business Wire

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world's largest retail bookseller, today named Lem Andrews from Booker High School in Sarasota, FL, as the 20.



Photos: Veterans Day Parade  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

[1/37] Herald-Tribune photo/Carla Varisco. Six year old Isabella Harrington of Sarasota enjoys the Veterans Day Parade downtown on Sunday morning. The City ...



Saturdays letters: School Boards, white folks and more  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

School police don't need costly vehicles on campusI read that the Sarasota County School Board voted to spend $500000 to purchase 17 Ford Explorers to ...



Lincoln Principal Eddie Hundley fires back  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Eddie Hundley, principal of Lincoln Memorial Academy in Palmetto, sought to clear his name against allegations that he knowingly wrote a job reference for a ...



Booker legend's selection in NFL Draft a win for community  YourObserver.com

The third and final day of the NFL Draft is weird. The biggest names are gone. Casual fans have long since stopped watching. TV analysts act as if their ...



New choreographers debut with Sarasota Contemporary Dance  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

'Voices of SCD' features five emerging choreographers who regularly work with Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Charlotte Johnson, a company member at ...



Booker names new boys hoop coach  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA. Markus Black has taken the next step. A former player, junior varsity coach and varsity assistant at Booker High School, Black was named the head ...



Teacher's arrest adds to board's concerns over hiring timeline for police  YourObserver.com

As the Sarasota County School Board moves closer to adding 30 staff members for an internal police force by August, the district's hiring practices are being ...



At Booker Elementary, a celebration of STEM  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Sarasota school hosts a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Science Fair night.



This Week in Sarasota: Thursday, April 19  YourObserver.com

A look at our favorite events taking place this week.



Ziegler and Guy compete for Sarasota School Board seat  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

In many ways, Sarasota County School Board Chairwoman Bridget Ziegler and her opponent, Nick Guy, could not be more different.Ziegler, 36, is a strong ...



Booker High School seniors graduate to the real world  YourObserver.com

Another class of seniors from Booker High School moved their tassels from left to right during the commencement ceremony Saturday, May 30 at Robarts Arena.



The job is not done  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

An estimated 600 attended Sarasota Women's March — down from 7000 last year.



University of Florida Innovation Station Sarasota County looks to double enrollment  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Office at State College of Florida in Venice is designed to lead students to gradate from the UF College of Engineering.



Holiday parties take the forefront of the social scene  YourObserver.com

Jim and Charlie Ann Syprett and Ryan and Sepi Ackerman hosted holiday parties, Margaret Wise celebrates her birthday and more.



Sarasota County Schools receiving security upgrades  YourObserver.com

As Sarasota County Schools begins a $21 million effort to improve security at schools, officials must overcome unique challenges to keep students safe.



'Tomorrow’s Voices Today' concert offers young singers unique opportunity  YourObserver.com

Some topics are hard to talk about — so why not sing about them instead? On Friday, April 27, Key Chorale will perform a piece of music that adopts this ...



Lincoln Memorial principal Hundley broke the law, DOE says  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A letter from Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart alleged that Lincoln Memorial Academy principal Eddie Hundley broke the law when he recommended ...



Sarasota County Commission District 4: Q&A with Wesley Anne Beggs  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Candidates for the 2018 Florida election were sent questionnaires and bio requests by the Herald-Tribune Name, including middle initial: Wesley Anne Beggs ...



Big Mama's Collard Greens Fest Returns to Newtown This Month  Sarasota

For any family growing up in the South, collard greens had a place on the table. And now, this soul food staple has found itself at the center of an annual festival ...



Sunday Favorites: Desegregation in Sarasota  The Bradenton Times

Last week, we left off with the beginning of segregation in schools, a drawn-out process that took several years to complete due to push back by public officials, ...



Discrimination investigation called into question by Bowden accuser  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Nearly 10 days after the investigation concluded that allegations of discrimination by Sarasota County School District Superintendent Todd Bowden and Booker ...



Riverview High School honors class of 2018  YourObserver.com

The Riverview High School commencement was hosted May 19 at Ram Bowl.



Her obituary details an opiod addiction that dominated her life. It began in Florida.  Miami Herald

The obituary of Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir tells the story of a lifelong struggle with opioid addiction in open and honest terms. Her addiction started in Sarasota, ...



Booker High VPA is 'Trending Now' with a competition fundraiser  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Theater students at Booker High School will be competing in March in Greensboro, N.C., for regional honors for their production of “Passionella,” but they are ...



Booker staff, students team up to clean Emma E. Bookers gravesite  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

When Booker High School Principal Rachel Shelley visited local education icon Emma E. Booker's Gulfport gravesite recently, she found Booker's tombstone ...



Santa the star of Sarasota's holiday parade  YourObserver.com

Bands, floats and more lead the way for the Jolly Old Elf.



Fraternity creates internship program for Booker High students  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA — Select Booker High students will soon be equipped with professional and life skills as they enter the career field thanks to a little help from two ...



Hurricane Irma taught Sarasota-area residents a lot  YourObserver.com

It had been years since the Sarasota area had to deal with a real threat from a major hurricane. When Irma started to look more menacing, plenty of residents ...



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