Vote NO on tax referendum if Bowden remains superintendent.

Vote NO on tax referendum if Bowden remains superintendent.

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Charles Landry started this petition to The School Board of Sarasota County and

$55,000,000- The amount annually generated by the one-mill tax rate extension that is given to the Sarasota County School District.

$205.78* - The median amount a homeowner in Sarasota county pays annually in the school referendum tax extension . ($1 tax per $1,000 taxable value of a home ) *based off homes.com available data

17 years - How long the tax extension has been given to the School District of Sarasota County.

Sarasota County residents have long been in favor of the voter approved tax extension we pay to support our local schools. This tax referendum is voted on every 4 years by Sarasota County residents and often passes with large support . The referendum was recently passed again in March of 2018.

This petition is to no longer support the added tax referendum in Sarasota County due to Todd Bowden. There are several reasons why, but here is the most recent . There was a report released by a 3rd party company hired by the School Board to determine if an employee was sexually harassed and how it was handled . This investigation and report cost taxpayers $75,000 for the company to conduct. The report concluded that superintendent Todd Bowden did not follow protocol and did not report sexual harassment complaints in a timely manner . His lack of action put a staff member at risk of harm and now will potentially cost the taxpayers more money as a settlement is likely.

The report also concluded  the staff member was indeed sexually harassed by her former boss, School District employee Jeff Maultsby. This incident is one of many that Bowden has been a part of that puts a dark cloud over our School District and community .

Board members Caroline Zucker and Shirley Brown dispute the report and believe Bowden has done nothing wrong and deserves no little to no reprimand. These two have let an entire community down, as they seem to refuse to reprimand their friend Todd Bowden.

One member of the public attended the November 5th board meeting that supported Todd Bowden. It was his own wife.

It is time to show the School District that we will no longer support such a referendum if the School Board continues to ignore Bowden’s wrong doings, and not respect us as a community. We do not approve of Todd Bowden being the superintendent of our schools, nor the leader of our children and family members.

Please sign this Petition and agree to no longer support the School District of Sarasota County’s tax referendum if the School Board no longer supports us as a community . Pledge to vote NO on the referendum vote in 2022 if Todd Bowden’s contract as Superintendent is not terminated at the next board meeting scheduled for December 10th 2019.

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