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Author: Hansen Hasenberg

Santa Rosa graduation rates exceed pre-pandemic levels

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted education throughout the United States. Students, teachers, parents, and administrators had to adjust to lockdowns, online learning and other disruptions to students, even after reopening schools. Despite these challenges, the Florida Department of Education announced Jan. 13 that high school graduation rates for the 2021-2022 school year not only met pre-pandemic levels, they exceeded them across the state. Santa Rosa County was no exception.

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Forging their Destiny: Groundbreaking of a future church in Navarre

A crowd of 100 people gathered Thursday, Jan. 19, to witness and celebrate the groundbreaking of Destiny Worship Center’s new Navarre campus. While the campus is currently an open field, people associated with the church came together to recognize the start of construction and a new chapter. Steve Vaggalis, the founder and senior pastor of Destiny Worship Center, gave a speech at the groundbreaking ceremony letting the crowd know he was grateful to all the people who had helped make Destiny Worship Center a successful church.

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Guardian program in Santa Rosa schools moving ahead despite delay

School safety is a top priority for schools across the country, especially after tragedies like the ones at schools in Uvalde, Texas, and Parkland, Florida. Last year, Santa Rosa District Schools decided to pursue the implementation of a guardian program, based on the state’s Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program. The program, which is meant to add an extra layer of protection for schools, has not been fully implemented.

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