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Sarasota News Leader March 22, 2013 Page 40 All schools in the district offer extra help and specific programs for academically struggling students, district officials say. However, some parents have felt Phoenix offered much-needed services. ���My son needed help; his normal high school tried, but we saw no change until he went to Phoenix,��� a father who wished to remain anonymous told The Sarasota News Leader. White explained to the School Board that the Phoenix teachers and other employees would be transferred to other schools; she anticipated no loss of jobs. According to Al Weidner, the district���s deputy chief financial officer, the cost per student at Phoenix Academy totals $11,766, whereas the average cost for a middle school student in the district is $8,622; for a high school student, Sarasota County School Board Chairwoman Jane Goodwin (left) and member Carol Todd participate in a board workshop last year. File photo A graph shows decrease in the Sarasota County School Board���s reserve fund over the years. Image courtesy Sarasota County Schools

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