Sarasota News Leader

01/11/2013

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STANDING FIRM The main Paul Rudolph building at Sarasota High School is shown soon after its completion in 1959. Photo courtesy Sarasota History Center SCHOOL BOARD WILL NOT REVISIT ITS DECISION ON PLANS FOR RENOVATING THE INTERIOR OF A PAUL RUDOLPH BUILDING AT SARASOTA HIGH By Scott Proffitt Staff Writer When three members of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF), a local nonprofit, spoke before the Sarasota County School Board during its first meeting of 2013, the Foundation members made it plain they were not happy with the board, and a majority of the board members made it clear they were not happy with the SAF members. At issue was the imminent rehabilitation of one of the Paul Rudolph buildings at Sarasota High School, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The SAF has been actively involved for a number of years in the board's plans to renovate the building. During the Jan. 8 School Board meeting, SAF President Janet Minker said, "The exterior elevations of the classroom building No. 4 appear to meet the requirement for the 'appropriThe interior… has been reduced ate rehabilitation' stipto a gutted empty shell, devoid of every ulation as authored by one of its defining features. the Sarasota County School Board in their Janet Minker President June 12, 2007 memoSarasota Architectural Foundation randum."

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