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County’s school program focuses on abstinence

County’s school program focuses on abstinence

When it comes to teaching the birds and the bees, the Santa Rosa County School District outsources the task. The district has entrusted the Pregnancy Resource Center of Milton to handle teaching students about sex, healthy relationships and sexually transmitted diseases. Director of Student Services Sherry Smith said it is not uncommon to bring in […]

Teachers’ union not settling for salary decision

Teachers’ union not settling for salary decision

Weeks after the Santa Rosa County School Board sided with Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick over the teachers’ union in salary negotiations, some teachers and union leaders are not dropping the issue. They appeared before the school board to make arguments during a public forum Sept. 7. In mid-August the school board voted unanimously to offer the […]

New public schools in south Santa Rosa County a decade away

New public schools in south Santa Rosa County a decade away

Even as talk of a new school in Navarre turns to action, a new high school facility could still be a decade away despite near maximum capacity projections, Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said. Wyrosdick presented the student population growth and capacity data to the Navarre Area Board of Realtors July 12 during their monthly luncheon at […]

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 […]

New teachers union seeks bargaining power

New teachers union seeks bargaining power

Amid stalemated arguments over teacher salary increases in the Santa Rosa School District, a new union wants to take over future negotiations. The Santa Rosa Education Association (SREA) has renewed its application with the state’s Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) to represent roughly 125 of the school district’s 1,900 teachers. Read the full article in […]

Teacher salary negotiations at impasse again

Teacher salary negotiations at impasse again

Negotiations for teacher and staff contracts in Santa Rosa County that began in August have reached an impasse as the Santa Rosa Professional Educators and district representatives remain roughly $1.2 million apart on the level of pay raises. Read the full article in the Feb. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

Tax vote decides 33 percent of school budgets

Tax vote decides 33 percent of school budgets

The school district is pushing for voters to renew the half cent sales tax in March, but just how much of their budget do they stand to lose if it were not renewed for another 10 years? According to current fiscal year data, 33 percent of the entire capital outlay budget is provided by this […]

Intermediate students get cracking on coding

Intermediate students get cracking on coding

Holley Navarre Intermediate School students are learning the language of computers thanks to the school’s newly created Coding Club. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

$3 million for 30 minutes

$3 million for 30 minutes

An extra 30 minutes of school time each day could cost an extra $3 million, but Santa Rosa Superintendent of Schools Tim Wyrosdick said it would be money well spent. Santa Rosa School District has set aside $3 million in unexpected Full Time Equivalent (FTE) funding to move the county’s 14 middle and high schools […]

Six Santa Rosa schools receive Five Star Award

Six Santa Rosa schools receive Five Star Award

Six Santa Rosa County schools were received the Five Star School Award this year from the Florida Department of Education. The award focuses on community involvement through business partnerships, volunteerism, family involvement, student community service and school advisory councils. To receive a five star ranking the school must meet 100 percent of the criteria and […]

School Board opts out of raise

School Board opts out of raise

The Santa Rosa County School Board voted not to accept a state-appointed raise of nearly $2,000 Thursday, Sept. 8. The board members would have been paid a salary of $34,248 effective immediately, but they unanimously voted to keep their pay at $32,450. Read the full article in the Sept. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Testing creates accountability in schools

Testing creates accountability in schools

Navarre High School Principal Brian Noack gives a simple answer in regards to his thoughts on the number of tests students take each year. “I believe without a doubt that students are over-tested,” Noack said. Noack has no problem with tests being done in the schools. He understands the purpose behind them. “As an educator […]

County school’s “A” grade streak broken

County school’s “A” grade streak broken

For the first time in 12 years, Santa Rosa County School District’s grade has dropped from an A to a B ranking for the 2015-2016 school year according to reports released Friday, July 15, by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). Santa Rosa joined the ranks of roughly 43 percent of school districts whose rank […]

Santa Rosa schools make the grade

Santa Rosa schools make the grade

On Friday, the Florida Department of Education issued grades for schools and districts based on the Florida Standards Assessment test scoring. The Santa Rosa County School District placed fourth overall in the state, and all of Navarre schools were ‘A’ rated. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE […]

County wrestles with burgeoning classroom needs

County wrestles with burgeoning classroom needs

Santa Rosa County education leaders may soon be calculating the distance between Navarre and Vancouver, British Columbia. The answer isn’t part of a geography test, but rather a measurement that might be used to illustrate how far county school buses carry students every day. That’s to prove to the Florida Department of Education that while […]

Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Santa Rosa Superintendent of Schools Tim Wyrosdick, Santa Rosa School Board Members, and members of the Santa Rosa Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Selection Committee announced Stephanie Duffy as the Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year 2017 during a surprise visit to her classroom this morning.  Stephanie is a graduate of the Texas State […]

Growth-management strategies meeting to address county schools

Growth-management strategies meeting to address county schools

The Santa Rosa County School Board will conduct a workshop with the county commissioners at the Russell Center on the Locklin Technical Center campus Thursday, Jan. 21 at noon in order to discuss growth-management strategies for the Santa Rosa County School District. Last year in April, in order to solve problems caused by overcrowding within […]

Navarre schools rack up 191K volunteer hours

Navarre schools rack up 191K volunteer hours

The Golden School Award is given annually by the Florida Department of Education in recognition of public schools with exemplary volunteer programs, and six Navarre area schools earned the designation for the 2013-2014 school year. “It’s a win/win combination,” said Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick of volunteer programs between district schools and the community. The entire school […]

Santa Rosa School District earns ‘A’

Santa Rosa School District earns ‘A’

The Santa Rosa County School District was one of only 10 in the state to earn an “A” for the 2013-2014 school year. The Florida Department of Education announced the annual school grades July 11. Additionally, the district is only one of six school districts in Florida to have received an “A” each year since […]

Homeschool offers freedom, family time

Homeschool offers freedom, family time

Florida has experienced a steady increase in the number of students enrolled in homeschool programs over the last decade. Navarre resident Laura Wright began homeschooling nearly five years ago. “We started very traditional with little desks and a white board. It was very school-like because that was all I knew,” Wright said. “Now it’s really casual and […]