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The draft timeline for building a Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI) in North Port calls for shovels to go into the ground on Jan. 1, 2016, and for the facility to open its doors exactly a year later, Todd Bowden, the Sarasota County School District's execu- tive director of career, technical and adult education, told the School Board during its June 17 workshop. It was the board's first session since Gov. Rick Scott formally approved $3 million for the project, with part of the funds dedicated to a joint SCTI/county library in the facility. Staff and School Board members expressed their appreciation to state Sen. Nancy Detert of Venice for shep- herding the funding through the Legislature. The new campus won endorsement not only from the North Port C i t y C o m m i s s i o n during the Jan. 17 C o n v o c a t i o n o f G o v e r n m e n t s t h e School Board hosted (Far left) School Board Vice Chairman Frank Kovach, board member Shirley Brown (third from left), Superintendent Lori White (fourth from left) and board Chairwoman Jane Goodwin (right) listen to a June 17 presentation by Todd Bowden (second from left) and Scott Lempe (to Bowden's right). Photo by Rachel Hackney PLANNING PROCEEDS ON NORTH PORT SCTI A TENTATIVE SARASOTA COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD SCHEDULE CALLS FOR COMPLETION BY JAN. 1, 2017, BUT ACQUIRING THE SITE POSES SOME CHALLENGES We've come a long way from the time when I fought to get a high school for North Port. … This is fantastic. It's just like the culmination of a dream. Caroline Zucker Member Sarasota County School Board By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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