About Us


WHAT: The Center is a not-for-profit educational organization (501) (c) (3). It offers non-credit courses for adults in the fine and applied arts, humanities, liberal arts, natural and social sciences. Also available are recreational courses, field trips, daytrips, a lecture series and performing arts programs. The Gallery at The Longboat Key Education Center is open to the public and exhibits works by local artists and faculty members on a rotating basis throughout the season.  Click on the brochure page for a complete listing of courses, programs and fees.

WHERE: The Longboat Key Education Center is located at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite #212 at The Centre Shops on Longboat Key, Florida, a short drive from both Sarasota and Bradenton. Access for handicapped persons is provided.

HISTORY & MISSION: Founded by Laura Taubes in 1985, The Longboat Key Education Center provides enrichment programming and lifelong learning for all adults regardless of residence or educational background. A desire to continue learning is the only prerequisite.

WHEN: The Longboat Key Education Center is open from October to late-April. The program is divided into three terms: Fall, Winter and Spring.

Academic Calendar 2020-2021

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM

Office Opens: Monday, October 5, 2020
Fall Term Begins: Monday, October 12, 2020
No Classes: Thanksgiving Week. November 23-28, 2020
Winter Term Begins: Monday, January 4, 2021
Spring Term Begins: Monday, March 1, 2021
Office Closes for Season: Saturday, April 24, 2021

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  You may register by e-mail any time after the brochure has been posted in September by clicking on the registration page, completing the requested information, and clicking the SUBMIT button at the bottom of that page. However, because The Longboat Key Education Center cannot accept credit cards, your registration will not be complete until we receive your check via U.S. mail or in person for the full amount of the fees specified in the brochure.

Make checks payable to The Longboat Key Education Center. Mail to 5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr.  Suite 212, Longboat Key, Florida 34228.

Many of our programs, especially in January and February, sell out months in advance, so please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be accepted in the order in which they are received. Registration is not final until fees have been paid.

REFUNDS: NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED UNLESS A PROGRAM IS CANCELLED BY THE CENTER. As a membership benefit, Friends of The Longboat Key Education Center are eligible for credit for registrations that they cancel. Members who cancel a registration must notify the office at least one week before the program begins to be eligible for a credit. Credits are issued at the sole discretion of the executive director and must be used by the end of the following season.

GUESTS: All guests must be reported to the office before entering a class. Guest fees are pro-rated at non-member prices based on the course tuition.

FRIENDS OF THE LONGBOAT KEY EDUCATION CENTER: Becoming a Friend of The Longboat Key Education Center entitles students to reduced fees, priority registration, and many other benefits. Click on the BECOME A MEMBER page for complete information.


MAIL: 5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr.,  Suite 212, Longboat Key, FL, 34228
TELEPHONE: (941) 383-8811
FAX: (941) 383-1935
E-MAIL: info@lbkEducationCenter.org

Website:  www.LBKeducationCenter.org

The Longboat Key Education Center

Susan Goldfarb—Executive Director
Charity Kurtyka—Assistant Director

William Dawson—Financial Manager
Carl Kurtyka—Technical Director
Timaretta (Timi) Fannin—Executive Assistant/Property Manager
Paris Bassett—Office and Data

Advisory Board
Edward Alley

Barbara Andrews
Susan Benjamin
Duane Compton, DDS, MSD
Donald Dembo, M.D.
Sonia Fuentes
Phillip Gainsley
Michael Gardiner
Robert Gary
Sy Goldblatt
Melvy Lewis
Lois Portnoff
Kenneth Simons, Ph.D.


Linda Albert
Larry Auerbach
Richard Benedum, D.M.A.,
Susan Benjamin
Keith S. Coker
Kevin Costello
Bill Cotter, J.D.
Angelena Craig
Robert de Warren
Renee DiNapoli
Kathy Doddridge
Joyce Doran
Rachel Zohar Dulin, Ph.D.
Edward J. Dwyer, Ph.D.
Wayne Eastep
Jonathan Epstein
Dan Fine
Ruth Fishel
Gregg Flowers
Andrew Ford
Phillip Gainsley
Robert Gary
Susan Goldfarb
Ken Hanson, Ph.D.
Lael Hazan
Mark Hogan
David Houle
Mary Kane
Philip Kotler, Ph.D.
Randi Kreiss
Mark Kroll
John Lambie
Lara Malone
Gary Massell, Ph.D.
Dilip Mathur
Baila Miller
Ronni Miller
Gus Mollasis
Kathie Moon
Sandra Moulin
Jane Plitt
Travis Ray
Jean Joseph Renoux
John Rixse
Nancy Saum
Melissa Kotler Schwartz
Gerald Scott
Emme Shapiro
Michael Sherrow
Laurence Siegel
Joe Simonetta
Kenneth Simons, Ph.D.
George Stassa, M.D.
Steven Stark-Riemer
Katherine Michelle Tanner
Charles Troy
Dick Wegman
Patricia Werlau
Mark Weston
Karen Willey


The Longboat Key Education Center admits students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at this school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.



The function of The Longboat Key Education Center (“School”) is to provide educational opportunities for adult students who choose to continue learning. To create an environment that lessens distractions and fosters learning, The Longboat Key Education Center has adopted and enforces this code of student conduct and the disciplinary procedures it contains. Although these procedures apply to all students, each case is evaluated individually. Students are subject to the rules and regulations of The Longboat Key Education Center while on its property.


Classroom Removal:

A teacher of any class may remove any student from the classroom if that student’s behavior interferes with classmates’ learning and enjoyment of the class. If removed, a student may not return to class without the School administration’s consent.


A student may be denied the privilege of attending any class at The Longboat Key Education Center for the remainder of the semester or such other time as the administration deems appropriate.


Teachers are urged to deal with classroom disruption by removing a disruptive student from class or taking other appropriate action. Any student committing a violent act, as defined below, shall be subject to immediate expulsion or other disciplinary action. Any student engaging in disruptive or inappropriate behavior, as defined below, shall be subject to classroom removal or expulsion, as determined solely by The Longboat Key Education Center’s administration.


1. Aggression – engaging in any behavior (by word or act) as an individual or as a member of a group that encourages, incites, or instigates threatening, aggressive, or unsafe acts.

2. Assault on student, School employee, or volunteer – the intentional, unlawful threat to do violence to another person coupled with an apparent ability to do so.

3. Battery on student, School employee, or volunteer (physical attack/harm) – the willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another.

4. Harassment – any continuing behavior, language, gesture, or overt act toward an employee or student which is based on the employee’s or student’s race, sex, age, religion, ethnic origin, or disability and which has the effect of creating embarrassment or discomfort for that person. The individual being harassed has an obligation to make the offending person aware that this conduct is offensive to him or her; sanctions may be applied after one such warning has been given.

5. Threats – any threat by word or act to do violence to another person.

6. Any act as determined by the School administration to be violent and/or against the best interests (physical, mental, or emotional) of another student, teacher, volunteer, School employee, or the School.


1. Disorderly conduct – any disruptive behavior that poses a threat to the learning, enjoyment, health, safety, and/or welfare of others.

2. Excessive distraction of other students – any behavior that disrupts classroom instruction or other activity presented by the School.

3. Tardiness – reporting late to class, particularly in a disruptive manner.

4. Sexual harassment – (undesired sexual behavior toward another). Unwanted or repeated verbal or physical sexual behavior that is offensive or objectionable to the recipient, causes discomfort or humiliation, or creates a hostile environment.

5. Use of obscene or profane manifestations toward another person.

6. Use of cellular phone or other device during a class session or at other times or locations where such use would disrupt learning.

7. Vandalism – willfully and maliciously damaging by any means any property belonging to another student, the School, or its employees.

8. Smoking anywhere on school premises (including restrooms).

9. Eating during any class session anything other than snacks provided to all students by or with the permission of a School employee.


The Longboat Key Education Center does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, age, national origin, ethnicity, or disability.


Students are expected to come to school appropriately dressed for the business of learning with proper attention given to personal cleanliness, grooming, and neatness. Students whose personal attire or grooming distracts the attention of the students or teachers from their work shall be required to make the necessary alterations to such attire or grooming before entering the classroom or they may be dismissed from the classroom. Students who fail to meet the minimum acceptable standards of cleanliness, neatness, and decency as determined by School administration shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary measures.

Anyone having questions regarding this Code of Student Conduct is encouraged to discuss them with School administration.