Sarasota News Leader

11/02/2012

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THE STUDENTS' TURN Students in the STAR program ask tough questions of Sarasota County Schools leaders, including School Board Chairwoman Caroline Zucker (center at the top of the circle). Photos by Scott Proffitt LOCAL ORGANIZATION GIVES STUDENTS A CHANCE TO ASK HARD QUESTIONS OF THE SARASOTA COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD AND DISTRICT STAFF By Scott Proffitt Staff Writer Just after the Sarasota County School Board meeting concluded on Oct. 16, most people hastily departed. However, a group of stu- dents who had been present for the proceed- ings lingered, and a select group of district leaders stayed with them: School Board Chair- woman Caroline Zucker, Superintendent Lori White, School Board member Shirley Brown and Steve Cantees, executive director of high schools. The students went to work, pulling chairs into a circle; then, everybody sat down for a round of discussions. The questions were cogent, important and asked in a pleasant, formal manner that was impressive to observers. The group was part of Community Youth De- velopment (CYD), a Sarasota organization that touches the lives of thousands of young people through an assortment of programs. The students on this particular afternoon were participants in STAR Leadership Train- ing, which is designed to "encourage youth to take active roles within the community," ac- cording to Kelsey Roehr, youth development specialist with CYD. Among the topics of discussion that afternoon with the district leaders were school lunches

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