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Sarasota County School District holds Digital Town Hall meeting

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The wave of the future for the Sarasota County School District is now here.  Instead of having folks come to the school board building, the district brought the information to them through a Digital Town Hall meeting Wednesday night, which was broadcast live on their website, Facebook live and The Educational Channel.

"It allows our viewers to interact in the medium that they're most comfortable with or is most convenient for them," said Joe Binswanger, Acting Communications Director for the Sarasota County School District.

Officials from the school district did field many questions from the viewers during the hour-long town hall.  School board chair Bridget Ziegler is thrilled that the school district is doing something like this.

"We're always trying to expand and think of different ways to engage the community and make sure we consistently have two way communication," said Ziegler.  "It's a great way to strengthen our district."

Half of this digital town hall focused on school safety and security while the other half was dedicated to  topics such as teacher negotiations and academics.  School safety has made it's way into the spotlight in recent months, when a student was arrested for bringing a gun to school.  Officials say this forum helps get the word out, especially on this issue.

"Anytime we have the opportunity to communicate with the community, particularly the parents groups but the broader community as well, they are part of our system of safety and security," said Michael Andreas, Director of Safety and Security for the Sarasota County School District.  "So the more interaction we have with them the more opportunity we have to keep our district safe."

The Sarasota County School District says they are planning on hosting more of these digital town halls in the near future.  The next one is scheduled to take place this coming March.