Jennifer Granse

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 […]

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 […]

School flu shot company to go off-campus

School flu shot company to go off-campus

Being barred from administering flu shots at Santa Rosa schools won’t stop the Jacksonville company’s vaccination program here. Instead, Healthy Schools LLC plans to jump-start its for-profit program of flu shots for public school students at off-campus locations in cooperation with the Florida Department of Health. The Santa Rosa School Board suspended the company’s in-school […]

Lax oversight raises concerns about school flu shots

Lax oversight raises concerns about school flu shots

In the wake of parents protesting that some Santa Rosa school students were given flu vaccinations against their wishes, questions are being raised about the large Jacksonville company that administers the shots with minimal oversight. Public documents and interviews with government officials indicate that although the Santa Rosa County School District abruptly suspended the flu […]

Election could turn school board topsy-turvy

Election could turn school board topsy-turvy

Some critics of the Santa Rosa County school board say the five-member panel often wields a rubber stamp for District Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick. But others wonder if the Aug. 28 election could create an imbalance of influence with a new majority that favors the Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE) teachers union, which is locked in […]

$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 […]

Hinote steps into Santa Rosa County District 2 school board

Hinote steps into Santa Rosa County District 2 school board

Newly appointed District 2 School Board Member Buddy Hinote took the oath of office Thursday, Nov. 17, in front of a crowd of students, school personnel, family and community members. He steps into a seat that has been held by the same man since 1992, previous member Hugh Winkles. Earlier in the day, the board […]

Middle-schoolers score high on ACT, SAT

Middle-schoolers score high on ACT, SAT

The Santa Rosa County School Board honored 39 seventh-grade students Thursday, June 10, for achieving state recognition in the 2016 Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP). The program invites academically qualified seventh-grade students to take the ACT or SAT college examination. Students that score at or above the national average for recent high-school graduates on […]

Governor applauds increasing high school graduation rates in Santa Rosa County

Governor applauds increasing high school graduation rates in Santa Rosa County

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday the high school graduation rate in the state hit a 12-year high. The number in Santa Rosa County is even better. Florida’s graduation rate for the 2014-15 school year was 77.8 percent, a significant improvement from where it was more than a decade ago when it stood at 59.2 […]