In less than three months, school board members in Sarasota County will find out if the district will retain its ‘A’ rating. For the first time since 2008, the school board sat down with a new superintendent this week for a work session.

Their goal? To exceed whatever rating the system gets for the 2017-18 school year. Last year, Sarasota County schools kept its ‘A’ rating by a razor-thin .04 margin.

During the work session this week, Denise Cantalupo, the school district’s director of research, evaluation and assessment, predicted the district would either be a “very high B or a low A.” It’s just the third year that the district will be graded under Florida’s new rating system.

Sarasota County Schools are one of just three districts in the state that received an ‘A’ rating last school year.