The Sarasota County School District will hold a series of meetings next week to gather input on what to do about Venice High’s overcrowded conditions.

District officials have been mulling over whether to build another wing or add portables until another school is built somewhere in the West Villages area.

The recently reconstructed Venice High building has a capacity of 2,100 students and is already overcapacity by around 300. A new school needs around 1,000 in order to get approval to be built from state education officials.

Sarasota County Schools’ Planning Department staff will lead the public workshops. Each workshop will begin with a brief presentation covering the current enrollment at Venice High School, charting the projected enrollment and detailing the upcoming residential developments that will impact population growth. An interactive Q&A will follow the presentation.

Here’s the schedule:

Monday, Nov. 12

• Venice Middle School – 2:30 p.m. in the Media Center

1900 Center Road, Venice, FL 34292

• Venice High School – 4:30 p.m. in the TEL Studio

1 Indian Ave., Venice, FL 34285

Tuesday, Nov. 13

• Venice Elementary School – 3:15 p.m. in the Cafeteria

150 East Miami Ave., Venice, FL 34285

Wednesday, Nov. 14

• Laurel Nokomis School 3:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria

1900 East Laurel Road, Nokomis, FL 34275

• Taylor Ranch Elementary School – 6:00 p.m. in the Media Center

2500 Taylor Ranch Trail, Venice, FL 34293

Thursday, Nov. 15

• Garden Elementary – 3:15 p.m. in the Media Center

700 Center Road, Venice, FL 34285

Wednesday, Dec. 5

• Venice Chamber of Commerce – 8 a.m.

597 Tamiami Trail S., Venice, FL 34285


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