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Local schools receive Five Star Award

Local schools receive Five Star Award

Nine public schools in Santa Rosa County, mostly in the south end, received the Five Star Award for 2020 from the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). The Five Star School Award was created by the Education Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to those schools that have shown evidence of “exemplary community involvement” […]

State seeks public input on new education standards

State seeks public input on new education standards

Floridians can weigh in on the revamp of Florida’s K-12 educational standards this month in the Florida Standards Listening Tour series scheduled throughout the state by Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran. The forum closest to Santa Rosa County is scheduled for Oct. 23 at Walton High School in Walton County.   Read the full article in […]

Florida toughens ban on texting while driving

Florida toughens ban on texting while driving

As of Tuesday, Oct. 1, motorists in Florida can be stopped for using a hands-free communications device while driving in a designated school crossing, school zone or active work zone area. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), through its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), sent out an advisory reminding […]

Missing minutes cost school district $700,000

Missing minutes cost school district $700,000

Holley Navarre Middle School (HNMS) students used to have a designated period just for reading each day called Drop Everything and Read. Instituted in 2016, the reading period was the result of a more flexible schedule after improvements to the cafeteria streamlined lunch time.   Read the full article in the Oct. 3 issue of […]

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. […]

Probe finds wide misuse of school coaching funds

Probe finds wide misuse of school coaching funds

Accusations of misuse of thousands of dollars in coaching supplement funds at Milton High School (MHS) have rippled out to the rest of the school district, according to officials. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick presented his recommendations for disciplinary action to the school board Aug. 13 amid accusations that coaches receiving funds were not coaching the teams […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]