Bill Emerson

District cracks down on coaching supplements

District cracks down on coaching supplements

Following the discovery of misuse of thousands of dollars in coaching supplements across the county, Santa Rosa County School District has implemented new rules and requirements for all coaches. Coaching supplements are an additional compensation paid to teachers, staff or nondistrict employees who are hired to perform activities for a district sports team.   Read […]

Student increase outpaces projections

Student increase outpaces projections

Santa Rosa School District predicted in 2016 that Navarre High School would exceed its intended capacity for students by 2019. When students walked through the door Aug. 12 to start the school year, there were 2,359 of them.   Read the full article in the Aug. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

School district analyzing state test data

School district analyzing state test data

Official school grades have not been released yet, but Santa Rosa County School District staffers are already digging into the data about student scores on the Florida Standards Assessments and End of Course Examinations from last school year. Overall, the school district did fairly well, said Bill Emerson, assistant superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. […]

Parents enlisted as ‘cheerleaders’ to boost test readiness

Parents enlisted as ‘cheerleaders’ to boost test readiness

Students across Florida last week completed the first round of high-stakes testing that will determine everything from teacher compensation to the ranking of schools. Holley Navarre Intermediate School was no exception. Students in third, fourth and fifth grade had their learning tested in writing and reading through Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) exams. Read the full […]

Test anomaly delays posting of Woodlawn’s scores

Test anomaly delays posting of Woodlawn’s scores

Grades on 2017-2018 Florida Standards Assessment tests for public schools across Florida have been released, but Woodlawn Beach Middle School still has no scores posted. That is because of a possible problem detected by the Florida Department of Education’s (FDOE) verification software, said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Bill Emerson. Read the full […]

Santa Rosa launches STEAM in high school

Santa Rosa launches STEAM in high school

For the first time in any U.S. school district, Santa Rosa County has launched STEAM-centric learning into all public schools in the district. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. These are the core subjects of the school district’s STEAM Innovate program. Teachers and administrators celebrated the launch of the program’s third year […]

Gulf Breeze students STEAM through after school

Gulf Breeze students STEAM through after school

Gulf Breeze Middle School students end their school day at 1:35 p.m. leaving a significant gap between the time students are free and the time most parents finish their work shift. This caused a bit of a problem for the compact community said Gulf Breeze Parks and Recreation Director Ron Pulley. “Basically the middle schoolers […]

Santa Rosa schools make the A grade

Santa Rosa schools make the A grade

The Santa Rosa School District is back on top of the rankings with an A grade for the 2016-17 school year. Last year, for the first time in more than a decade, the district’s ranking had slipped to a B grade. Bill Emerson, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, said he was pleased to […]

New Navarre school inches closer to reality

New Navarre school inches closer to reality

It’s no secret that Navarre’s schools are bursting at the seams, but relief is one step closer. Plans to build a new kindergarten through eighth-grade school near Edgewood Drive have been incorporated into the Santa Rosa School Districts five-year survey at the urging of the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). The school board unanimously approved […]

Girls empowered to pursue STEAM careers

Girls empowered to pursue STEAM careers

In scientific and mathematical fields, males out number females 4 to 1. A study published in the journal Science found that by the time girls are 6 years old, they believe males are more likely to be “really, really smart” than females. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Bill creates changes in school controlled open enrollment

Bill creates changes in school controlled open enrollment

According to Gov. Rick Scott’s newly approved House Bill 7029, parents are now allowed to enroll their children in any public or charter school which isn’t filled to capacity. Taking effect for the 2017-2018 school years, the amendment to section 5, section 1002.31 of the Florida Statute, will open up school options for students statewide. […]

Cutting-edge Construction Academy now a reality at Navarre High

Cutting-edge Construction Academy now a reality at Navarre High

Jim Wendel was once asked by former principal Bill Emerson what an ideal building for a construction academy would look like if he could have one on the campus of Navarre High School. “I drew a sketch on a napkin,” said Wendel, who has taught at Navarre High School for 14 years. The sketch is […]