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DeSantis makes waves going into legislative session

DeSantis makes waves going into legislative session

Agree or disagree with his actions, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been making decisions–and lots of them–since taking office Jan. 8. Government is often accused of moving slowly, but the governor has made a point of taking some type of action on a variety of fronts discussed during his heated campaign for the office. Read […]

Growth study backs up need for new schools

Growth study backs up need for new schools

Santa Rosa County is growing and new students will join it school system in the coming years. If the current trend continues, the county will need to redistrict by 2025. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

Navarre High’s Ms. B named Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Navarre High’s Ms. B named Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Men’s choir practice at Navarre High School came to an abrupt halt Thursday morning as a crowd of school administrators and media came bursting through the door led by Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick with flowers in hand. The crowd was there to inform teacher Caroline Buechner that she had been selected as Santa Rosa’s Teacher of […]

Local attorney serves on Volunteer Florida commission

Local attorney serves on Volunteer Florida commission

Governor Rick Scott announced Friday the reappointment of Navarre-based attorney Kerry Anne Schultz to the Commission on Community Service. Schultz is a member of Fountain, Schultz and Associates, and is serving as vice chair of the commission. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Booksellers restock school libraries after storm

Booksellers restock school libraries after storm

In an effort to restock school libraries impacted by Hurricane Michael, private bookstores partnered with state agencies to hold the Re-book to Re-build: Hurricane Relief Fundraiser Nov. 3-4. The Florida Department of Education, Florida Education Foundation (FEF) and independent booksellers worked together to host the event where a portion of sale proceeds at participating bookstores […]

Scott calls for reallocation of safe school funds

Scott calls for reallocation of safe school funds

Gov. Rick Scott is urging Florida lawmakers to redirect the roughly $58 million remaining from the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program and send it instead to the state’s school districts for additional school safety funding. “When I signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, I made it clear that any unused funding […]

School budget makes for an eternal impasse

School budget makes for an eternal impasse

The proposed $366 million budget for Santa Rosa County’s public schools in 2018-2019 is ground zero in a labor-management battle between teachers and district Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick that underscores the frustration on both sides. To the teachers’ Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE) union, the most unsatisfying part of the budget is the sometimes misunderstood “general […]

Details unclear for new hires in school safety push

Details unclear for new hires in school safety push

Under a state mandate adopted in the aftermath of school shootings, the Santa Rosa School District hired two new administrators to aid in student safety and mental health. In February, a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and fatally shot 17 students and teachers. Read the full article in the Aug. […]

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 […]

Brain Bag babies turn 1

Brain Bag babies turn 1

Human brains undergo the single greatest period of development, learning and growth during the first three years of life. From the very moment they open their eyes to the world, children are sponges. How many words they hear in the first few years can impact their literacy and overall education outcomes for the rest of […]

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 […]

School shooting prompts Florida to take action

School shooting prompts Florida to take action

On Valentine’s Day, 17 lives were lost in a horrific act of violence. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, became the center of national attention as the story of yet another mass shooting played out. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

School safety plan timeline, funding questioned

School safety plan timeline, funding questioned

  In the aftermath of a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that claimed the lives of 13 students and four teachers, Gov. Rick Scott has released a multistep plan to improve school safety and limit firearm access to the mentally ill across the state. But any sweeping reform comes at a steep price. Read […]

Commissioners on board to control student population growth

Commissioners on board to control student population growth

South Santa Rosa County needs a new high school, but it is not likely to be built anytime soon. There are fewer than 147 student stations left open in Gulf Breeze and Navarre High School combined. Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Department of Education oversight more like overreach

Department of Education oversight more like overreach

On the front page of Community we shared images of Holley Navarre Primary School students excitedly playing on newly purchased playground equipment for the first time. At a school where the student population has blown past projected growth and threatens to overflow capacity, providing enough space for children to play required a big investment. That […]

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 […]