Joey Harrell

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.   […]

New schools need new roads

New schools need new roads

Santa Rosa School District has the land for two new schools in Pace. Now it needs the roads to reach them, but that might be unpalatable to some neighbors. School district officials approached the Board of County Commissioners Monday during its regular meeting asking for reassurances that if the district finalizes the pending purchase of […]

School district seeks power to limit development

School district seeks power to limit development

Amid the arguments for and against impact fees earlier this month, school district Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick leveled a choice for county commissioners. He said the county should either impose impact fees to help pay for new schools or give him the authority to deny increasing the density of developments. Read the full article in the […]

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 […]

Santa Rosa’s future chefs flaunt culinary skills

Santa Rosa’s future chefs flaunt culinary skills

Santa Rosa County elementary students sautéed, chopped and baked to impress the judges last month during the annual Sodexo Future Chefs National Challenge. Sodexo is the food service contractor for the school district. Marketing Coordinator Deanna Reagin said the company hosts the nationwide competition each year to get children excited about healthy cooking. Read the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

United Way seeks relevancy during holidays

United Way seeks relevancy during holidays

The embattled United Way of Santa Rosa is open for business, though not quite as usual. But the charity isn’t open to questions about the month-old federal probe into its finances or the circumstances that prompted the seizure of documents by investigators and the firing of three paid officials at the Milton office. Read the […]

Rocky start for Santa Rosa’s new school bus provider

Rocky start for Santa Rosa’s new school bus provider

It was a rough first week for Santa Rosa County School District’s new school bus service provider, Students Transportation of America Inc. (STA). Students were picked up and dropped off as much as an hour behind schedule. Read the full article in the Aug. 30 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

School board building treated for air quality, rodent problems

School board building treated for air quality, rodent problems

Air quality tests from the 103-year-old Santa Rosa County School Board’s building at 5068 Canal St. in Milton showed elevated levels of carbon dioxide and mold spores, prompting a thorough scrub-down last month. According to public records obtained by the Navarre Press, the school district had Intertek PSI conduct professional air quality testing June 7. […]

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 […]

Military appreciation picnic at Navarre Park

Military appreciation picnic at Navarre Park

The Military Affairs Committee of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC) hosted a military appreciation picnic in Navarre Park Saturday, May 12. Featured in the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 […]

Santa Rosa schools secure all-new bus fleet for 2019

Santa Rosa schools secure all-new bus fleet for 2019

  Santa Rosa County school bus riders will be all be riding to school in brand-new buses starting next school year after the school board voted to contract with a new transportation vendor. Student Transportation Inc., doing business in the U.S. and Canada as Student Transportation of America (STA), was selected over longtime school district […]

Time and funding stand in front of school safety

Time and funding stand in front of school safety

On Monday Gov. Rick Scott released a School Safety Improvement Plan in response to the senseless murder of 17 children and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We have printed the entire plan on the next page. Please take a moment to read it. This plan contains sweeping changes to school security requirements, staffing, […]

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 […]

School district not yet sold on Tiger Point site

School district not yet sold on Tiger Point site

Contrary to public comments by Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser last week, the Santa Rosa School District isn’t in negotiations with the City of Gulf Breeze to buy a portion of its Tiger Point Golf Club. Assistant School Superintendent Joey Harrell told this newspaper last week that the district, while interested in a 47-acre parcel […]

Simpson begins term as Chairman of Navarre Chamber Board

Simpson begins term as Chairman of Navarre Chamber Board

Just a day after receiving the prestigious Rebecca Evans award from the Navarre Area Board of Realtors, Mike Simpson took over the Chairman’s seat of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Board of Directors. Simpson, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, was also awarded the Chamber’s Ambassador of the Year award. In presenting Simpson […]

Stakeholders, community leaders weigh in on District 4 Master Plan

Stakeholders, community leaders weigh in on District 4 Master Plan

Planning Navarre’s future is underway, and already several stakeholder groups have had an opportunity to weigh in. But what are they asking for? Navarre Press has previously asked community planning professional and author Quint Studer of Pensacola what methods are used for effectively planned communities, but every community is different. This plan will be primarily […]

Tiger Point golf neighbors wary of development

Tiger Point golf neighbors wary of development

The owners of homes near the defunct west course of Tiger Point Golf Club are expressing concern they may have new neighbors—either a public school or a sizable housing development. The former course, now vacant, is being studied as a possible school site while its owner—the City of Gulf Breeze—awaits prospective bids on the 47-acre […]

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 […]

Picnic honors military members, sacrifice

Picnic honors military members, sacrifice

Under the slogan “We love our military,” the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee celebrated Military Appreciation month with a community picnic in Navarre Park. Volunteers from the Military Affairs Committee manned the grill and others worked the food tent, providing free meals for military families. Read the full article in the […]

School district upgrades security

School district upgrades security

Santa Rosa school security is getting an upgrade thanks to a new camera system that allows school officials and law enforcement to watch remotely in real time. Joey Harrell, assistant superintendent of administrative services, said the new system provides a level of safety previously not available for the district. Read the full article in the […]

School district faces rising cost for Food World rehab

School district faces rising cost for Food World rehab

The cost to remodel an old grocery store to house Santa Rosa School District offices is more than $3 million higher than originally estimated. Despite the unexpected cost increase, the roughly $8.3 million project to turn an abandoned Food World on U.S. Highway 90 in Milton into administrative offices for several departments is still the […]

School district sales tax passes

School district sales tax passes

In a show of support for Santa Rosa School District, voters passed the continuance of the one-half cent sales tax for 10 years beginning Jan. 1, 2019. The funds are designated for construction of new school district facilities, renovations to existing schools, land acquisition and improvements, and the upgrading and equipping of school district facilities […]

School Board seeks renewal of 20-year-old levy

School Board seeks renewal of 20-year-old levy

Residents throughout the county have begun receiving sample ballots in the mail for a special election March 28. The sole item on the ballot will be a request to renew the 20-year-old half-cent sales tax for Santa Rosa School District capital outlays. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Awards and Installation Banquet

Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Awards and Installation Banquet

Cowboy hats and boots, checkered table cloths, saddles and all things Wild West adorned Hurlburt Soundside for a crowd of nearly 150 chamber members and guests. The celebration was held for The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 Annual Awards and Installation Banquet Friday evening. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue […]