Santa Rosa County School District

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 […]

2019 principals, assistant principals of the year

2019 principals, assistant principals of the year

The Santa Rosa County School District has announced recognition of its top administrators for 2019. All were singled out by a vote of their peers for their dedication to their schools, students, staff and community. Read the full article in the May 16 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or […]

Chambers set to “stuff the bus” for local students

Chambers set to “stuff the bus” for local students

Since United Way of Santa Rosa County has been dissolved, many community organizations are picking up the slack for the needs United Way filled. One such project is providing school supplies for children at or below the poverty line, including the district’s hundreds of homeless students.   Read the full article in the May 16 […]

Holley Navarre Middle launches Career Fair

Holley Navarre Middle launches Career Fair

Holley Navarre Middle School hosted a new Career Fair night May 2 allowing students to ask questions with a variety of professionals. Environmental Protection Agency research assistant Kelly McCaffrey talked to students about science and showed students the glass shrimp used in experiments. Musical artist Love Brynnevere hosted a jam session with the students, discussing […]

Escambia United Way steps in for defunct Santa Rosa charity

Escambia United Way steps in for defunct Santa Rosa charity

Laura Gilliam is trying to pick up the pieces left by the shattered and scandalized United Way of Santa Rosa County. “We are reaching out to the donors who have supported United Way of Santa Rosa and to the organizations that relied on it for financial help,” said Gilliam, the United Way of Escambia County […]

Is freedom of speech up for debate?

Is freedom of speech up for debate?

This piece is written with the intent to look at freedom of speech in a high school setting and see how the constitutional right is being exercised among Navarre High School students. In this past school year, Navarre High School’s newly founded debate program has presented an opportunity for students in all grade levels to […]

Touch-A-Truck

Touch-A-Truck

Demolition trucks, fire engines, school buses, Hurlburt Special Tactics vehicles and more were on hand at the Navarre High School Touch-A-Truck event last Saturday. Click here to view photos from this event.                                             As […]

School Board unanimously supports impact fees

School Board unanimously supports impact fees

Citizens advocating for impact fees got a boost April 25 as the Santa Rosa County School Board unanimously voted in support of charging $5,000 on all newly built single-family homes. The vote came after a study into the feasibility of the fees showed that the district could reasonably charge up to $9,474 on each new […]

School District weighs impact fees

School District weighs impact fees

Santa Rosa School District is considering implementation of a roughly $5,000 impact fee for all new single-family homes. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said they put out for a study on the subject to explore funding for continued capacity expansion as schools bump up against their capacity ceilings. Read the full article in the April 25 issue […]

Middle schoolers give Amazing Shakes

Middle schoolers give Amazing Shakes

Sims Middle School students celebrated professionalism, conversation skills and the value of a good handshake during the 2019 Amazing Shake competition. The winners were given special recognition by school administrators last week. Teacher Ashley Carter, Sims Principal Emily Donaldson, School Board Chairman Carol Boston, second runner-up Rivers Lewis, champion Haley Dunckel, first runner-up Mackenzie Kummer […]

Santa Rosa’s Future Chef wins regional contest

Santa Rosa’s Future Chef wins regional contest

After beating out hundreds of recipes at the local level, fifth-grader Kadence Wood of Santa Rosa County won the regional Sodexo Future Chef National Challenge with her healthy take on Mexican Street Salad. Wood was surprised April 11 with the announcement that she had won a Nintendo Switch game system and several games alongside School […]

County, citizens explore funding options in workshop

County, citizens explore funding options in workshop

County Administrator Dan Schebler fielded tough questions about spending of tax dollars Monday during the first of two citizen budget workshops. The first was hosted at Woodbine Church. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription […]

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 […]

School board approves elementary school redistricting

School board approves elementary school redistricting

Roughly 105 Oriole Beach Elementary School students will be attending Gulf Breeze Elementary next school year. The School Board voted Thursday night to redistrict the schools during a public hearing in Milton. The change was prompted by schools reaching and exceeding their capacities due to rapid growth rates in the areas. Three elementary schools in […]

Parents enlisted as ‘cheerleaders’ to boost test readiness

Parents enlisted as ‘cheerleaders’ to boost test readiness

Students across Florida last week completed the first round of high-stakes testing that will determine everything from teacher compensation to the ranking of schools. Holley Navarre Intermediate School was no exception. Students in third, fourth and fifth grade had their learning tested in writing and reading through Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) exams. Read the full […]

Chamber recognizes Navarre teachers of the year

Chamber recognizes Navarre teachers of the year

Teachers of the Year from Navarre area schools were recognized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.                                                                           […]

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 […]

Students strive to solve bear problem in Navarre

Students strive to solve bear problem in Navarre

As students at West Navarre Primary look at an online map in Marsha Harp’s classroom, three bear sightings pop up thanks to the magic of Geographic Information System software. The students are amazed. It brings The Bear Project they are working on to life in one more way. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

Skilled trade workers in high demand

Skilled trade workers in high demand

Mirroring a national trend, there is a growing need for skilled labor in Santa Rosa County and surrounding areas. Hundreds of jobs are expected to be added by 2026. Training programs and financial aid are available to those interested in becoming plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, welders and carpenters. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

‘Vaping’ gives tobacco pushers a new way to hook teens

‘Vaping’ gives tobacco pushers a new way to hook teens

Navarre middle and high school students are lighting up addictive drugs, whether parents realize it or not, but the method has changed. Vape pens, juuls, e-cigarettes and their kin have altered the landscape of underage tobacco use from cigarette smoke to the misnamed “vapor.” Read the full article in the Feb. 21 issue of Navarre […]

Arming teachers not in Santa Rosa County’s future

Arming teachers not in Santa Rosa County’s future

On Feb. 14, 2018, the definition of school safety, statewide and in Santa Rosa County, changed forever when Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and opened fire. Cruz used a .223 caliber AR-15 to kill 17 and wound another 17 in the attack. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

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 […]

West Navarre students share the love for Valentine’s Day

West Navarre students share the love for Valentine’s Day

Navarre High School teachers and staff were feeling the love Friday, courtesy of students from West Navarre Intermediate School.  The students were on a field trip to deliver handmade Valentine’s Day cards and candies to the school. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Home schooling breaks classroom boundaries

Home schooling breaks classroom boundaries

More than 1,000 students in Santa Rosa County did not return to a traditional classroom Monday morning. Instead, they were at home, in special programs or even traveling across the world with their parents deciding the direction their education will take. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Gulf Breeze scandal deepens as council digs out

Gulf Breeze scandal deepens as council digs out

Nothing about politics seems to come easy in the City of Gulf Breeze these days. Just when the voters seemed to have elected a popular new mayor last November, the winner–David Landfair–abruptly resigned in January amid a texting scandal. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Woodlawn Beach Middle goes crazy for Literacy Week

Woodlawn Beach Middle goes crazy for Literacy Week

Students, teachers and staff of Woodlawn Beach Middle School celebrated Florida’s Literacy Week by reading “From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg together as a school. Navarre Press partnered with local businesses to provide enough copies of the book to the school so every student could have one for the […]

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 […]

School front doors secured with camera controls

School front doors secured with camera controls

Less than a year after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people and prompted a statewide movement, Santa Rosa County schools are seeing new security at the front door. Holley Navarre Middle School’s front door has been a source of concern for the school’s administration for years, said Principal Joie […]

Navarre High School chorus teacher among semifinalists

Navarre High School chorus teacher among semifinalists

Navarre High School chorus teacher Caroline Buechner is among the five semifinalists for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year. The Santa Rosa Education Foundation (SREF) announced the semifinalists Friday. They were selected from 33 nominees at each of the schools in the district. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. […]

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