Meet Your School Resource Officer: Officer Tom Gallucci
Written by Aby Mendez
This school year EVERY public school in the Sarasota County School District will have a school resource officer. Before this change, SROs were supplied by local police departments and the Sheriff’s Office. This modification will cost the school district about $4.6 million dollars; but, it is believed to actually be saving the district money by hiring the SROs themselves and not having to pay outside agencies. Every public middle school and elementary school will have one SRO and all public high schools will have two SROs because of the number of students, with the exception to SPHS; which I’m guessing is due to our small size.
Get to know your SRO interview Q&A
Officer Gallucci is originally from Rhode Island; he studied there as well. He’s been living in Sarasota since 2013. This is his 32nd year working in law enforcement.
- What do movies and TV shows get wrong about the police work?
A: “It’s not as exciting as it is in the movies, but we do have exciting moments. Most of our job is being vigilante and proactive and once in a while we get into some action.”
- What’s your most memorable incident on the job?
A: (At his former job as a US Marshal) “I had a top 15 fugitive most wanted and he was wanted for murder, and I captured him.”
- What are all the things on your belt?
A: “The issued firearm: a 9-millimeter, OC spray, a school radio, a police radio, a taser, and 2 magazines for the 9mm.”
- Are you okay with the idea of wearing a body camera while on duty?
A: “Yes, it acts as a witness for what we are doing, and it can be used as evidence if a case goes to court”.
And of course, I had to ask…
- Do Police Officers really like donuts?
A: “Absolutely. I love donuts, especially chocolate donuts! Donuts are great, I go to the gym also, so I can eat donuts.”
Words of wisdom from officer Gallucci:
“Stay safe, situation awareness, and if you see something say something”
Teacher of the Year
Written by Devon GearyCongratulations on Teacher of the Year! Mr. Brunetti was nominated by his colleagues for this honor, and then they took an anonymous vote, deciding it. They celebrated with cake and later in December, there will be a lunch in downtown Sarasota. He’s able to enter the running for Teacher of the County by submitting a resume, and letters of reference. Mr. Brunetti is the AP Language and Applied Communications teacher at Suncoast Polytechnical High School. He taught AP Language, and English 1, 2, and 3 at Booker for three years prior to Polytech and came to SPHS so he could work with serious students that were dedicated to learning and had an interest in the material. He had also taught in Costa Rica and Panama, and both had similar curriculum to Florida schools. He has great aspirations for the Polytech students, describing them as “Serious, respectful, and hardworking”, with his goals being to improve all reading and writing skills, prompt reading and literature, and to introduce more diverse reading selections.
Dr. Raney, New Program ManagerInterviewed by Isabella Ocasio After our farewells to Dr. Livingston, Dr. Michael Raney, born and raised in Florida, is Suncoast Polytech’s new Assistant Principal–better known as the Program Manager here at SPHS. Dr. Raney was the Assistant Principal at Murdoc Middle School in Charlotte County for three years. He then moved to Riverview High School, where he taught Algebra I as an Exceptional Student Education course. Once he heard about the opportunity at Polytech, Dr. Raney asked others at Riverview what Suncoast Polytech is like. They promised him that it’s a great place to be with quality staff, students, and teachers – and here he is now! Upon being asked what he would like to accomplish, Dr. Raney proudly said, “I want to do whatever it takes to help every student be as successful as they can possibly be. That is my measure of success.” Dr. Raney was happy to talk about his experiences in high school and college. First, a piece of advice from him to students is to have a broad perspective and accept the fact that there is going to be a lot of change in both yourself and your life. Second, for those who wish to earn their doctorate in college, be warned that it takes a toll on you, your finances, and your time – but in the end, the pride and sense of accomplishment is worth it. Overall, Dr. Raney is excited for Polytech’s promises of exceptional performance and staff. Below are some quotes and highlights from Dr. Michael Raney, SPHS Program Manager:
- “The first thing I wanna do is not get in the way of the success Polytech has had. I wanna do whatever it takes to help every student be as successful as they can possibly be. That is my measure of success; it’s not in anything that I do, but the success of the students that are here. “
- “The biggest thing is things are going to change. Your perspectives, likes, dislikes are likely to change”
- “Rather than tying yourself to one place, you need to have a broad perspective of what is out there in the future.”
- Taught ESE Algebra 1 at Riverview High School; was there since the start of this school year in August.
- Had always taught Math.
- He has high expectations, and he’s very excited to be here, both because of the quality of the staff and teachers, and the quality of the students: “The uniqueness of this school was really attractive.”