Candidate Statement

Caroline G. Zucker

As one of the most experienced members of the Sarasota County School Board, serving 17 years (1992-2000 & 2006-present), I have established myself as a leader during a period in which the Board has: (1) successfully closed the achievement gap for all students, (2) lowered dropout rates and improved graduation rates, and (3) generally increased our graduates’ career readiness for college and for workplace success. This has been accomplished simultaneously with a period of conservative fiscal policies and accountability (overhead costs have been reduced by $125 million in only the last five years).

I am an experienced, proven and successful leader, and a candidate for re-election to the Sarasota County School Board. As Superintendent White looks to retire in 2017 and the budget director of 32 years retires two months later, it is imperative that someone with my knowledge is there to guide the process of selecting a new Superintendent. There can be no more important elected office in this County than that which oversees the education of our young and adult learners!

Thank you for your trust in me! I will continue to push for reforms for our students, teachers and staff.