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Ryan McKinnon


Sarasota, FL, United States

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Past articles by Ryan:

School resumes in Sarasota and Manatee in midst of omicron surge

Students and staff returned to school last week in Manatee County and classes resume this week in Sarasota. → Read More

Sarasota teachers union, district reach possible contract deal

Just before winter break, the Sarasota County School District announced a tentative contract deal with the group representing teachers and staff. → Read More

Sarasota, Manatee schools issue warnings as school-threatening trend goes viral

Sarasota and Manatee schools are on heightened alert as students across the country are threatening violence in schools on Friday. → Read More

Sarasota teachers lauded for fighting off intruder in elementary school showdown

Amber Rylak and Jackie Mendolia successfully fought off a stranger who was trying to get into a second grade classroom at Emma E. Booker Elementary. → Read More

Venice Middle Schoolers disciplined after chanting '(****) Joe Biden,' drawing swastika

A group of Venice Middle School students received discipline referrals after chanting "(Expletive) Joe Biden" on the school bus. → Read More

Venice High School labeled 'TikTok High' after staircase goes viral with dance craze

Venice High School in Southwest Florida has gone viral on TikTok, as imitation videos of students dancing in the staircase have gotten millions of views. → Read More

Manatee School Board names James Golden chairman

On Tuesday, the Manatee County School Board elected James Golden to serve as chairman, making him the first black man to hold the position. → Read More

Samantha Brinton, behavior specialist, 'mother figure' to many at Oak Park School, dies

Samantha Brinton, a "mother figure" who launched the Special Olympics at Sarasota's school for children with disabilities, died unexpectedly Monday. → Read More

Sarasota School Board attorney: Redistricting can't target conservative minority

The Sarasota School Board begins redistricting board member districts Tuesday, but they can't use process to target foes on the board, lawyer says. → Read More

Sarasota teachers want a pay raise. The school district is offering a $2,500 bonus instead

Sarasota School officials and teachers union leaders are nowhere near each other when it comes to teacher pay raises, but talks are ongoing. → Read More

How many kids are Sarasota and Manatee schools feeding amid national supply chain woes?

As both school districts deal with supply chain issues, a closer look at the number of meals being served in Sarasota and Manatee each day. → Read More

Supply chain logjam hits Florida's school lunchrooms

District administrators are stocking up on food at Costco, as many of the items they normally fed students are not currently available. → Read More

Manatee voters to decide fate of tax that helps pay teacher salaries. Here's what to know

Manatee County teachers could lose more than $5,000 in annual pay and there is no backup source of money to supplement salaries, school officials say. → Read More

Sarasota business coach helps CEOs expand impact while keeping sanity

Lakewood Ranch business coach Cheryl Biron helps CEOs streamline their operations so that they have the freedom to grow, step back or pursue other passions. → Read More

BLM passage removed from Sarasota curriculum

Sarasota School officials removed a passage describing a Black Lives Matter protest, out of concern that it may violate state rule on racial material. → Read More

Sarasota School Board votes to tighten rules on public comment at meetings

The Sarasota School Board advanced a rule that moves general public comment to the meeting's end. → Read More

New schools coming to Sarasota County — what you need to know

The Sarasota County School District has plans to open three new schools in the coming years, with all three pulling from south county. → Read More

Triad teacher uses arts, gardening to reach students

Students at Sarasota's Triad alternative school have chance to learn music, garden thanks to science teacher Brian Upholz. → Read More

Sarasota no longer in hot water with Florida Board of Education after repealing mask mandate

State officials told Sarasota County School Board's legal counsel on Thursday that the district no longer needed to answer for its mask policy. → Read More

Sarasota School Board leaders showing up on national late night TV

The Sarasota School Board was featured on both Fox News and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Tuesday evening. → Read More