Sarasota County Public Schools
Assessing a District’s Compliance With Oppaga Standards
Berkshire Advisors, Inc. conducted a comprehensive study of the Sarasota County Public School District utilizing Florida’s OPPAGA Best Practice Standards established by the state to monitor both the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the state’s public school districts. This review evaluated the district’s performance in meeting benchmarks established in ten operational areas: management structure, performance accountability, educational service delivery, human resources, food services, maintenance, facilities construction, cost controls, administrative and instructional technology, and transportation. An analysis of opportunities for cost-savings in each of these areas was performed as part of this study.
In conducting this study, in addition to individual interviews and in-depth analysis of district’s policies, procedures, audits, data documentation and other relevant materials, visits to schools and district operation sites occurred and public forums were held in locations throughout the county.