Santa Rosa County School District

Barber announces bid for superintendent

Barber announces bid for superintendent

Another face familiar to school district administration has thrown her hat into the ring in the 2020 race for Santa Rosa County school superintendent. Dr. Karen Barber made her intentions official Jan. 6 by prefiling with the Supervisor of Elections office. Barber currently serves as director of federal programs for the district, and she is […]

Cody more than just a math teacher

Cody more than just a math teacher

Karen Cody might be new to the teaching world, but she is a seasoned vet when it comes to getting students excited about learning. Cody said she was really surprised when Principal Brian Noack came in with flowers and awarded her Teacher of the Year at Navarre High School (NHS). Read the full article in […]

School district buys Edgewood property

School district buys Edgewood property

Despite concerns about traffic on U.S. Highway 98, Santa Rosa County School District moved forward Dec. 12 with plans for a potential new school at the intersection of Edgewood Drive. Located directly south of the end of Edgewood Drive and fronting U.S. Highway 98, the 41-acre property will cost the district $4.85 million.

Middle schoolers share acts of kindness

Middle schoolers share acts of kindness

Holley Navarre Middle School Student Council participated in a special portion of Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, through #givingtuesdaymilitary. Launched by a group of military spouses, this national movement is aimed at uniting military, their families, veterans and other supporters to generate 1 million acts of kindness in one day. It is part of the larger […]

English strives to inspire

English strives to inspire

This is Courtney English’s first year as a reading and math interventionist at West Navarre Intermediate School, but that hasn’t held this passionate teacher back from excelling. English has been voted West Navarre Intermediate School (WNIS) Teacher of the Year by her peers. She has taught at WNIS for 13 years. Read the full article […]

School planned for intersection of Edgewood, 98

School planned for intersection of Edgewood, 98

Santa Rosa School District is looking to purchase property at the intersection of Edgewood Drive and U.S. Highway 98 to build future schools. The school board gave preliminary approval to pursue the purchase Nov. 14. Located directly south of the end of Edgewood Drive, the 41-acre property is being considered at an undisclosed price, but […]

S’Cool Bus bringing meals to students in need

S’Cool Bus bringing meals to students in need

Santa Rosa County’s free summer lunch program got a boost Nov. 7 with the rollout of Sodexo’s new S’Cool Bus, a mobile cafeteria created from an old school bus. Sodexo is the food contractor for Santa Rosa School District. In addition to supplying breakfasts, lunches, snacks and even dinners to hungry students during the school […]

Woll offers out-of-this-world education

Woll offers out-of-this-world education

Not so long ago in a classroom not so far away, a teaching master led a band of first-grade Wookiees through lessons including aquaponics, geography, engineering and more. Her name is Jennifer Woll, and she has been named Holley Navarre Primary School Teacher of the Year. Read the full article in the Nov. 14 issue […]

Cadets of the Month

Cadets of the Month

The Navarre Navy Junior ROTC unit selected its cadets of the month for October. The cadets earning the honor are Imaia Gifford and Chandler Kempf.   As seen in the Nov. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre […]

7-period school day still out of reach

7-period school day still out of reach

Adding a seventh period to the school day still seems out of reach, according to the Santa Rosa School District’s numbers. The district cut the schedule to six periods, trimming about 30 minutes off the school day, back in 2010 in response to the economic crisis that saw plummeting property values across the country. The […]

Gulf Breeze evaluating selling Tiger Point Golf Course

Gulf Breeze evaluating selling Tiger Point Golf Course

City of Gulf Breeze is considering selling Tiger Point Golf Course, and the move could coincide with the end of reclaimed water use in the city. The city council held a workshop Nov. 5 to discuss the potential future of the golf course. The board room was standing room only, full of citizens with a […]

Potential impact fees inching forward

Potential impact fees inching forward

County commissioners did not commit to impact fees Tuesday during their regular meeting in Milton, but the board that has outright rejected the idea in the past allowed two potential proposals for fees to move forward. Santa Rosa County School District approached the commission back in May to request the board create a draft ordinance […]

Civics, emotional growth collide in Rose’s classroom

Civics, emotional growth collide in Rose’s classroom

Civics teacher Pamela Rose said it is not good enough to just teach her students. She wants to help them feel safe and grow. Rose has been named Holley Navarre Middle School (HNMS) Teacher of the Year by a vote of her peers. Though she held other careers in her life, Rose got into teaching […]

Navarre students unite for day of acceptance

Navarre students unite for day of acceptance

Navarre High School students “united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion” Oct. 23 for the school’s annual Unity Day celebration. The school’s hallways, students and staff were bathed in orange, the color selected to represent the anti-bullying, inclusion event each October. The nationwide movement was sparked by Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center.   Read the full […]

Santa Rosa Teachers of the Year announced

Santa Rosa Teachers of the Year announced

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced the 33 nominees for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year Monday. Nominees were selected by their peers at schools throughout the district. Navarre area Teachers of the Year are: Ginni Rushing, Holley-Navarre Intermediate Pamela Rose, Holley-Navarre Middle Jennifer Woll, Holley-Navarre Primary Karen Cody, Navarre High Courtney English, West Navarre Intermediate Shanty […]

Navarre High Theatre seeking sponsors of the arts

Navarre High Theatre seeking sponsors of the arts

Much like high school athletes crowding around the bulletin board to see whether they made the cut for the team, Navarre High School Theatre Program students wait with bated breath when its time to see if their name is on the posted cast list. Leading up to tryouts, they practice. They train. They hone their […]

Holley Navarre Intermediate HEROS show off optimism

Holley Navarre Intermediate HEROS show off optimism

Holley Navarre Intermediate School is full of HEROs, and Friday the administration took time to recognize them. One student from each of the school’s 49 classes were honored with a HERO award this month. The HERO awards are part of the school’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) program which focuses on growing child character […]

School district creating E3 as second phase of STEAM

School district creating E3 as second phase of STEAM

Schools are not what they used to be, and Santa Rosa County Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick is appealing to business owners to help continue that trend through the E3: Excite, Engage, Experience program. “So much has changed in the 11 years I’ve been superintendent, and so much will change in the next ten years,” he said. […]

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.   […]

Assistant principal quits amid grade-change scandal

Assistant principal quits amid grade-change scandal

Amid accusations of improperly changing her daughter’s grades, Gulf Breeze High School Assistant Principal Tori Baker resigned Sept. 25 via a letter from her attorney. Baker was set for termination in October at the recommendation of Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick.   Read the full article in the Oct. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

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 board approves Pace property purchase

School board approves Pace property purchase

The Santa Rosa County School Board voted Sept. 10 tentatively in favor of purchasing 63.6 acres of vacant land in Pace to create two new schools in the coming years. The district is offering $1.6 million for the property. That purchase will not be finalized until after an Oct. 1 public hearing on the matter. […]

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 […]

Marine Science Station turns 10

Marine Science Station turns 10

It has been 10 years since new life was breathed into the old ranger station on Navarre Beach, creating a home base for marine conservation education in Santa Rosa County. The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station cut the ribbon on the renovated building in late September 2009.     Read the full article in the […]

Juvenile arrested in Milton accidental shooting

Juvenile arrested in Milton accidental shooting

Milton Police Department arrested an unnamed juvenile suspect Aug. 27 in connection with an accidental shooting that caused four schools in Milton to go on lockdown Aug. 23. According to the arrest report, the juvenile was inside a residence on Burke Street in the Whiting Pines neighborhood with four other children.   Read the full […]

Magazine spotlights county’s economic allure

Magazine spotlights county’s economic allure

Santa Rosa County’s economic opportunities generated some extra publicity this summer. Arms crossed and a smile on his face, Santa Rosa County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree greeted readers from the cover of 850 Magazine alongside this splash headline: “Talent Tout, In Santa Rosa County, career instruction starts early—and that pleases Economic Development Director Shannon […]

Business of coaching getting smelly

Business of coaching getting smelly

Something smells in Santa Rosa School District athletics, and its not sweaty players. By their own admission, the school district has identified several instances at schools throughout the district where coaching supplements were mismanaged, potentially misusing tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds each year, including paying people who did not have appropriate clearance […]

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 […]

Update: Details released in Milton school lockdowns

Update: Details released in Milton school lockdowns

Four students were “horse playing” with a firearm when the gun went off Friday morning, injuring one student and causing a temporary lockdown at four Milton schools according to a Milton Police Department press release. Police responded to a shooting on Birch Street in Whiting Pines Subdivision on Berryhill Road at approximately 7:47 a.m. Milton […]

Student increase outpaces projections

Student increase outpaces projections

Santa Rosa School District predicted in 2016 that Navarre High School would exceed its intended capacity for students by 2019. When students walked through the door Aug. 12 to start the school year, there were 2,359 of them.   Read the full article in the Aug. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

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