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Staff members representing Sarasota County and the Sarasota County School District have been meeting regularly on plans for a shared library in the Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI) that will be constructed in North Port, Sarabeth Kalajian, the county's director of libraries and historical resources, told the County Commission during a budget workshop on June 25. Another meeting of the group was set for June 26, she added. It would focus on the site selection process for the new school. Last week, district staff told the Sarasota County School Board a parcel had been selected in the Toledo Blade corridor, but a number of challenges were related to that site. In the meantime, Kalajian said, she and her staff "have been reviewing information f r o m o t h e r p u b l i c libraries co-located on school campuses, i n c l u d i n g b u i l d i n g p l a n s , o p e r a t i o n s and details of inter- l o c a l agreements." A proposal for a public library within the new Sarasota County Technical Institute in North Port won community support in January. Photo by George Chriss via Wikimedia Commons SHARING A LIBRARY THE COUNTY COMMISSION VOICES COMMITMENT TO COLLABORATING WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD IN A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE/PUBLIC FACILITY IN NORTH PORT There is such an advantage to having this plan for a college campus. Sarabeth Kalajian Director Libraries and Historical Resources Sarasota County By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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