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Upcoming Event

The next Sarasota Republican Club meeting will be held on


Thursday, February 15, 2024

6:00 pm at Marina Jack

Guest Speaker:

Karen Rose

Chair of Sarasota County School Board

School Board Chair Karen Rose is honored to have served over
30,000 students as an educator in Sarasota County Schools. She
started her career as a teacher for special education, advanced to
middle school principal, and was recruited to the executive
directorship of middle schools. Rose graduated from Youngstown
State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and was
awarded a graduate assistantship. She earned a master’s degree in
education from the University of South Florida and completed a USF
program in Educational Leadership and Administration. With a
proven record of leading A+ Schools, Karen was elected to the
Sarasota County School Board in 2020.

As a teacher, Karen Rose was recognized as Southside School’s
Teacher of the Year and Sarasota County Schools’ Model Classroom
Teacher. Principal Rose developed the Panther Gifted Academy
(PGA) at Sarasota Middle School, a fulltime gifted magnet program
and brought the Middle Years International Baccalaureate (IB)
Program to Sarasota County Schools. As a district leader and
trailblazer, she developed a middle school college and career program
and transformed classrooms into STEMsmart TechActive
environments. Rose was instrumental in bringing Florida State
University’s SSTRIDE Medical Program to McIntosh Middle. She led
middle schools to their highest Florida School Grades and special
education (ESE) math instruction was recognized by the FL
Department of Education as a model for FL school districts.

School Board Member Karen Rose is proud of reorienting the district’s
priorities to focus on academic achievement and success for every
student, every day! Rose is guided by the belief that every student
must graduate ready for college and/or prepared for a 21
st Century
career. Some of the board’s many accomplishments include
expanding voluntary pre-kindergarten, growing student career
programs, record breaking staff raises, budget reforms, policies
protecting parent’s rights, expanding safety and security initiatives,
growing school counselors, metrics to progress monitor performance,

growing local government collaborations, and Niche 2024 Rankings
placing Sarasota County School District #1 in Florida.

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Recent Events

Mike Moran,

Sarasota County Commissioner District 1,

Highlights January Club Dinner Meeting

The Republican Club of Sarasota's dinner meeting in January 2024 had the honor of having County Commissioner Mike Moran as guest speaker.  Mr. Moran talked about how surprisingly big of an operation that Sarasota County is, and all of the resources and manhours required for it to run smoothly.  Mr. Moran also spoke about his upcoming election for Sarasota County Tax Collector.  It was a great night and a wonderful meeting!

Mission Statement:​
The Sarasota Republican Club is a proactive group of Republicans that sponsor events and dinner meetings to promote constitutionally-based, conservative principles of government while seeking to support candidates who represent those principles. We provide members with up close political insights and the opportunity to personally and constructively engage in the political process.
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