Sarasota News Leader

04/05/2013

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BETWEEN A ROCK AND A … GREAT PLACE Booker Middle School's media center still boasts a lot of books, even in a modern electronic age. Photo by Scott Proffitt WHILE LEADERS OF THE SARASOTA COUNTY SCHOOLS SAY THEY DO NOT WANT TO LOSE DISTRICT MEDIA SPECIALISTS, THEY ALSO POINT OUT THE DISTRICT HAS BEEN DIPPING FAR INTO ITS 'RAINY DAY FUNDS' By Scott Proffitt Staff Writer Helen Harvey has a room full of students on visited the campus, Harvey was also leading computers in her media center, which is a a class discussion of Macbeth. "These kids doublewide portable on the edge of campus. are getting college credit for this class," she The media specialist for Booker High School pointed out. handles the comings While there are books and goings, the questions from the youth Our library is an oasis for our in the center, the focus — and the interrup- students. Libraries are filled at lunch, is on computers, and tions — with a calm before school and after. This will affect the person in charge — that comes from being over 18,000 students in our district. whether an aide or spea seasoned professioncialist — has a job deDonna Heath al. scription quite different Media Specialist Sarasota County Schools from that of a school liOn April 3, when The Sarasota News Leader brarian in the past.

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