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District moves forward with new $38 million K-8 school

District moves forward with new $38 million K-8 school

Four and half years ago, Santa Rosa School District Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick and Assistant Superintendent Joey Harrell loaded into a car and drove to Tallahassee. They were set to meet with the state commissioner of education to ask for permission to build a new school in response to exploding population growth in the county.   […]

School board approves Pace property purchase

School board approves Pace property purchase

The Santa Rosa County School Board voted Sept. 10 tentatively in favor of purchasing 63.6 acres of vacant land in Pace to create two new schools in the coming years. The district is offering $1.6 million for the property. That purchase will not be finalized until after an Oct. 1 public hearing on the matter. […]

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 […]

At a crossroads: Growth puts strain on infrastructure

At a crossroads: Growth puts strain on infrastructure

Navarre is growing. Repeated like a broken record in county meeting halls, community groups and passing conversation, this fact has little dispute. Also facing little debate is the effect of growth on infrastructure, increasing demand for ways to get around, for access to clean water and for space to get some fresh air.   Read […]

Board eyes new K-8 school for Pace

Board eyes new K-8 school for Pace

Santa Rosa School District is making progress on construction of a new kindergarten through eighth grade school on Elkhart Drive in Navarre. Now it is setting its sights on alleviating growing pains in Pace through a similar facility.   Read the full article in the June 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Legislative session a mixed bag for school district

Legislative session a mixed bag for school district

The deadline for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign or veto bills in 2019 has passed, and the results have left the Santa Rosa County School District with more freedom than they previously had. HB 7070, a massive and complex education bill, received the Governor’s signature May 9.   Read the full article in the May […]

Impact fees not gaining traction with County Commission

Impact fees not gaining traction with County Commission

High schools could be pulling double duty with one set of students in the first half of the day and a second school’s worth in the afternoon said district Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick during a joint meeting of the school board and county commission May 15. He said schools could also see more situations where two […]

What does it take to build a new school?

What does it take to build a new school?

During hearings on redistricting Gulf Breeze and Midway elementary schools, parents called the school board to task April 11. They questioned how the district got to a point where 10 schools are over their capacity numbers, requiring placement of portables and reshuffling of students. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre […]

Maxed-out schools prompt elementary school redistricting

Maxed-out schools prompt elementary school redistricting

In what sounds like a complicated game of musical chairs, school district officials are attempting to combat rising school capacity issues by redistricting elementary schools in Gulf Breeze and Pace. And that means more than 200 elementary school students could be headed to a different school next year if the plan passes the School Board’s […]

New Navarre school coming bit by bit

New Navarre school coming bit by bit

The planned K-8 school on Elkhart Drive will open by 2021 with a few missing pieces:  no completed classrooms for middle-schoolers and a cafeteria without cooking equipment. Budget constraints at the Santa Rosa County School District prompted the decision to start building a school that’s affordable in the summer of 2019 and gradually add to […]

Development follows new school, increases classroom squeeze

Development follows new school, increases classroom squeeze

It is a continuing catch-22-style dilemma. Soaring student populations have prompted Santa Rosa School District to build a new school west of Holley by the Sea, but that planned construction in an A-ranked school district has propelled the development of 360 new single-family homes around the future school site. Read the full article in the […]

District unveils design for K-8 facility in Navarre

District unveils design for K-8 facility in Navarre

Conceptual designs for a new school in Navarre to relieve crowding at the existing schools have been revealed, but funding may be a problem. The school, which was approved by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) last year, would be located directly west of Elkhart Drive south of East Bay Boulevard. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

New subdivision underway near planned school site

New subdivision underway near planned school site

A new subdivision has broken ground on the western edge of Holley by the Sea, nearly abutting a planned school site. Construction is underway on Heather’s Place, which will have approximately 157 homes, said Mark Bonifay of Santa Rosa County Engineering. The developer, Henry Company Homes, purchased 309 acres in May on the west side […]

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 […]

Navarre schools feel the squeeze

Navarre schools feel the squeeze

After three days back, half of Santa Rosa County’s schools were over projected numbers and growing, and the south end is leading the pack in growth.  Elementary, middle and high schools in Navarre all reported growth beyond projections. At the Aug. 18 school board meeting, the school district administration discussed steps being taken to build […]