public education

Flashlights keeping sea turtles away

Flashlights keeping sea turtles away

Walk over the boardwalks of Navarre Beach last week and the scene resembles Christmas Eve, with waves of flickering lights. After sundown, hundreds of visitors took to the shoreline with flashlights, head lamps and cellphones to light their way. While strolling moonlit beaches is part of vacationing, the bright lights pose a risk to wildlife, […]

School nurse ranks thin in Santa Rosa

School nurse ranks thin in Santa Rosa

By most measures the quality of health care in Santa Rosa public schools is high, but that’s despite a relatively low ratio of registered nurses to the rising student population. In a diplomatically worded report to the county school board earlier this month, Leslie Adams, the district’s nursing coordinator under the Florida Department of Health, […]

Planting for Protection

Dune Doctors, LLC, a coastal erosion control firm, and the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station invite the public to participate in a hands-on learning event, “Planting for Protection,” beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Navarre Beach. In a project designed to both protect the Navarre Beach dune system and to educate students […]

Push for charter school growth puts district funding in jeopardy

Push for charter school growth puts district funding in jeopardy

State dollars dedicated to helping Florida’s highest poverty schools achieve academic success could have to stretch a little farther thanks to legislation passed by the Florida House of Representatives last week. The new legislation, HB 7101, would require the district to allocate a larger percentage of Title I dollars directly to a larger number of […]

Bear hunt decision still in the woods

Bear hunt decision still in the woods

It remains to be seen if a bear hunt will take place in Florida for the second-consecutive year. The state allowed bear hunting in select areas for the first time in 20 years last October and a total of 304 were killed, including 143 in the central part of the state. The quota set by […]

HIV awareness campaign urges testing for citizens

HIV awareness campaign urges testing for citizens

Driving through many parts of Escambia County, you might have noticed billboards with advertisements of a different kind. As part of an ongoing HIV awareness campaign, the Florida Department of Health has been putting up these large ads, urging citizens to get tested. Because of elevated numbers for HIV/AIDS cases in the county, the continuance […]