Rhonda Chavers

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 […]

Florida teacher compensation deemed a ‘crisis situation’

Florida teacher compensation deemed a ‘crisis situation’

Florida has sunk even lower in the rankings for teacher pay to number 46, according to the National Education Association’s (NEA) annual Rankings of the States. On average Florida teachers are compensated $12,309 less per year than their peers across the country, according to the report released in April of this year.   Read the […]

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 […]

Gunter enters 2020 race for school superintendent

Gunter enters 2020 race for school superintendent

The election is more than two years away, but David Gunter is thinking ahead. The Santa Rosa School District administrator filed Aug. 8 as a candidate for superintendent of schools. Gunter said his career with the school district has afforded him the opportunity to improve the community, whether it be educating students in the classroom […]

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 […]

Rising property values boost school budget

Rising property values boost school budget

The tax rate that Santa Rosa property owners pay to fund the county’s public schools won’t rise next year, although their total tab will. That’s because property values keep going up in a rebounding economy and a housing market that has largely recovered from the “bubble” that burst during the Great Recession of a decade […]

Florida right-to-work law means little change from court ruling

Florida right-to-work law means little change from court ruling

While a U.S. Supreme Court ruling could have major impact on the funding of public sector unions in many states, existing Florida laws mean the decision will likely have little consequence here. In Janus v. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), the high court June 27 struck down laws in some states […]

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 […]

Teachers win support in salary battle

Teachers win support in salary battle

As the first day of school approaches, negotiations of the master contract for compensation of Santa Rosa teachers and educational support staff continues — but progress was made July 10 toward a resolution. The special magistrate called in to resolve a four-month impasse between the Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE) teacher and staff union and […]

Teachers union wants review of substitute hiring

Teachers union wants review of substitute hiring

Questions are being raised about the background checking practices of an outside vendor in the hiring of the 1,000 or so substitute teachers needed weekly to plug absences in the Santa Rosa School District. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

District, union may head to mediation

District, union may head to mediation

Around 135 teachers attended the latest negotiation session between representatives from Santa Rosa County District Schools and Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE), the county’s teachers’ union. But district officials didn’t budge on their 2.18 percent salary increase offer and balked at the union’s push for a 3.72 percent hike, so the parties remain at an impasse. […]

Pace rezoning divides school board

Pace rezoning divides school board

The Santa Rosa County School Board did something unusual on April 23 – it  voted against a recommendation by Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick. In a 3-2 vote, the board opposed his proposed rezoning of nine Pace area schools. It was a rare move, according to Rhonda Chavers, president of Santa Rosa Professional Educators, the district’s teachers’ […]

More delays for teachers’ contract renewal

More delays for teachers’ contract renewal

Santa Rosa County teachers will continue operating under an expired contract after union negotiators failed to reach a renewal agreement and the school district’s chief negotiator declared an impasse. After more than a dozen negotiation sessions between representatives from the school district and Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE), the teachers’ union, Steve Ratliff, chief negotiator […]