In honorable succession of former Superintendent Lori White, current Superintendent Todd Bowden officially assumed the responsibilities of superintendent of the Sarasota County School District March 1. Since his oath of office, Bowden has been very active in Sarasota County, seeking success in his “three key areas” — tradition of excellence, helping students succeed and commitment to students beyond graduation.
Oath of Office
Judge Hunter Carroll swore Bowden into office March 1 at a ceremony in the School Board Chambers. Upon officially becoming superintendent, Bowden expressed great amounts of thanks for all of the love and support in Sarasota County.
Immediately after being sworn in, Bowden visited schools around the county, engaging with their students and staff. Bowden went to McIntosh Middle School, the school his children both attend, and spoke with the staff about his goals as superintendent. According to Bowden, he is appreciative of how dedicated and refined the teachers are at the school.
Bowden said he is putting a strong emphasis on teachers — he plans to keep them “front and center in everything we do” in order to ensure the success of each and every student. He also visited Emma E. Booker Elementary and spoke with the teachers about finances, student potential and progress.
Speaking with students
In the afternoon, Bowden spent some time at Venice High School, speaking with a group of student leaders known as the “Principal’s Cabinet.” He gave these students the chance to directly express their concerns and opinions. These select students at Venice High School discussed raises in salary, testing schedules, honors classes, clubs and more with Bowden. According to Bowden, he is very open to speaking with students and teachers and is eager to make a positive impact on all of the schools around Sarasota County.
Guest of Honor
Bowden ended his day with a reception at the Sarasota Opera House. Bowden was the “guest of honor” in this memorable event hosted by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. He thanked the community for being “so committed to excellent public education.” He said is very proud and honored to be recognized as the new superintendent.