Candidate Statement

Jane Goodwin

Jane Goodwin, current school board chair, has been a key part of our schools’ thriving successes, having led school-supportive efforts since 2002. As she runs for re-election, she also believes our schools and their management can do even better, and she has a plan to make that happen:

-- Reach the most challenged at-risk students earlier.
-- Involve more of our community in keeping students in school and out of jail.
-- Communicate often: on how the referendum dollars are spent, on our accomplishments, and on needed improvements.
-- Provide meaningful measurements of our classrooms’ quality.
-- Increase all students’ readiness for careers and college.
-- Continue to support higher standards, new tests and teacher evaluations.
-- Continue to ensure sound budget cuts that protect the classroom.
-- Continue effective leadership in choosing a new superintendent in 2017.

Jane began her devotion to the welfare of students more than 20 years ago, when she first began mentoring young students. She is a former teacher, the mother of a public school teacher and the grandmother of two Sarasota public school students. Jane also brings to the District 5 seat a distinguished corporate career of more than 40 years.

A natural collaborator, Jane's energy and focus have proved essential to the success of Sarasota’s school referendums since 2002: she has been part of the leadership team for all four initiatives (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014) and was chair in 2010.

A Georgia native, Jane has developed a love for “all things football” (including the Florida Gators!). She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and business education from the University of Georgia.


Leadership Positions

-- Chair, Sarasota Board of Sarasota County, 2012-2014
-- Chair, Any Given Child Oversight Committee
-- Legislative Delegate, School Board of Sarasota County
-- Board Development Committee Member, Florida School Board Association
-- Member, Florida Consortium of School Boards
-- Member, Sarasota Health Advisory Committee
-- Oversight Committee, Community Youth Development
-- Member, Value Adjustment Board


Volunteer Experience

-- Citizens for Better Schools (Chair 2010, Exec. Committee 2002, 2006 & 2014)
-- Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast (Board Member 2009-2012)
-- Heart Gallery of Sarasota (Steering Committee 2007-2008)
-- YMCA Reads (Mentor)
-- Achievers Program (Mentor)
-- JOY, Inc. (Board of Directors / Vice President 2009)
-- League of Women Voters (Member)
-- Tiger Bay Club Sarasota (Member)
-- Tiger Bay South (Member)
-- University of Florida (President's Council)
-- Church of the Redeemer (Member)
-- Sarasota Women’s Republican Club (Member)
-- North Port Republican Club (Member)
-- Sarasota Women’s Alliance (Member