Sarasota County School Board member Jane Goodwin was sworn in as president of the Florida School Boards Association at a virtual meeting last week.

A general membership meeting was held to conduct business typically handled face-to-face at the FSBA annual summer conference in Tampa, which was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Charlotte County School Board Chair Wendy Atkinson will serve as the FSBA treasurer for 2020-2021. Board member Kim Amontree will be representing Charlotte/Sarasota counties on the Board of Directors for FSBA and board member Cara Reynolds will serve as alternate board of directors member. Amontree will also serve as the vice chair of the advocacy committee and Reynolds will be the Charlotte County representative to the advocacy committee.

As treasurer of finance committee, Atkinson, along with other finance committee members, will monitor the financial operations and budget processes of the organization.

Atkinson has years of experience working with FSBA.

“I have had the pleasure of serving as chair of Leadership Services, vice chair of the Policy Committee and also as a member of the Legislative Committee,” she said.

Atkinson said she is looking forward to serving in this new role.

“Our newly installed FSBA President Jane Goodwin, Sarasota County School Board member, is focusing on the three C’s: Courage, Connection and Commitment,” Atkinson said. “This focus will apply statewide as well as locally. The year 2020-2021 will absolutely be a year known for adapting and innovation.”

Members from all around the state logged in to view the swearing-in ceremonies.

In her acceptance speech, Goodwin said: “I hope that in the future, we’ll all have brighter days, but we don’t know what next year will bring … we hope that communities will rally around public education. I know that our teachers are valued more today by parents who have done distance learning for 12 weeks, more than ever before.”

Following the meeting, FSBA Executive Director Andrea Messina stated, “Jane has been an active and engaged member of FSBA for many years; she will be a valuable asset this year. We are looking forward to enlisting her talents and benefiting from her professional, volunteer and school board experience.”

“Congratulations to our Board Members being selected for leadership positions,” said Steve Dionisio, superintendent of Charlotte County Schools. “It is incredibly important for Charlotte County to have a voice at the state level and this clearly gives us one.”

Messina also has strong ties to the area. She served several terms representing the Englewood area on the Charlotte County School Board.

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