Education

Valedictorian not wasting any time

Valedictorian not wasting any time

    While most of Navarre’s graduating seniors will spend the summer soaking up the final months with their friends before heading off to college, Savannah Bifulco will be hanging out in a chem lab at the University of West Florida synthesizing molecules. Not every senior graduates with an invitation to a paid internship – […]

Superintendent: “Most difficult” contract negotiations ever

Superintendent: “Most difficult” contract negotiations ever

Santa Rosa County Superintendent of Schools Tim Wyrosdick May 21 officially declared an impasse between the district and its teacher’s union, Santa Rosa Professional Educators. Union president Rhonda Chavers said a special magistrate hearing, the next step in the impasse resolution process, is expected to take place in July — unless either party waives the procedure. […]

Judge dismisses former principal’s lawsuit

Judge dismisses former principal’s lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Richard Smoak May 27 dismissed a lawsuit filed last year by former East Milton Elementary Principal Jerilyn Hughes against Santa Rosa County School Board. Hughes filed a federal gender discrimination lawsuit May 7, 2014 with the Florida Northern District Court after being demoted, following a December 2012 incident at an outdoor concert […]

Grads ready to make their mark on the world

Grads ready to make their mark on the world

The Pensacola Bay Center was packed Saturday evening with family and friends anxiously waiting for their graduates to cross the stage. The 465 students who make up Navarre High School’s Class of 2015 gathered together one last time before heading their separate ways. Emily Gordey and George Brosene gave lighthearted senior student addresses which were […]

Salutatorian’s goodbye bittersweet

Salutatorian’s goodbye bittersweet

Abigail Allgood will miss the electricity of marching into Bennett C. Russell Stadium before football games when she starts at the University of West Florida this fall. The trumpet player said marching band played a big part in her high school career, and while UWF doesn’t offer a program, Navarre High School’s salutatorian will minor in music. […]

Cadets give final salute at NHS

Cadets give final salute at NHS

Navarre High School’s Navy Junior ROTC Battalion made its mark this year when it was selected by the Navy League as the top unit in the Area 8 region. The battalion is one of the top 11 units in the world. From April 1, 2014, to April 1, 2015, cadets have accumulated points through college […]

District, union may head to mediation

District, union may head to mediation

Around 135 teachers attended the latest negotiation session between representatives from Santa Rosa County District Schools and Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE), the county’s teachers’ union. But district officials didn’t budge on their 2.18 percent salary increase offer and balked at the union’s push for a 3.72 percent hike, so the parties remain at an impasse. […]

Gulf Breeze teacher named Rookie of the Year

Gulf Breeze teacher named Rookie of the Year

The Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced Elizabeth Fitzgerald, a third grade teacher at Gulf Breeze Elementary School, as the 2015 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year at a reception Wednesday afternoon. She was selected from a field of 33 educators with three or less years of teaching experience who were honored at the event. The Gulf […]

Pace rezoning divides school board

Pace rezoning divides school board

The Santa Rosa County School Board did something unusual on April 23 – it  voted against a recommendation by Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick. In a 3-2 vote, the board opposed his proposed rezoning of nine Pace area schools. It was a rare move, according to Rhonda Chavers, president of Santa Rosa Professional Educators, the district’s teachers’ […]

Athletic bill heads to Senate

Athletic bill heads to Senate

Navarre High School athletic director Scott Murphy understands both sides of the extracurricular activities bill, which passed the Florida House of Representatives by an 86-29 vote April 22. The bill, which would create free agency in high school athletics, is up for a vote in the Senate this week. Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Destin) said changes […]

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