Santa Rosa County School District

Majority of teachers hired back

Majority of teachers hired back

Every brick and mortar school in Santa Rosa County saw lower than anticipated enrollment, attributed to COVID-19. Anticipating the dropping attendance, the district laid off 83 teachers about a week before school start day. That number dropped to 28 by Labor Day as more students returned to the classroom than anticipated. And Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick indicated […]

New school year, new rules

New school year, new rules

School administrators in North Paulding, Georgia faced COVID-19 infection of several students and faculty members that forced a temporary shutdown of in-person learning earlier this month. Shortly before news of the outbreak, students posted images of a crowded hallway where social distancing was impossible. Few students appeared to be wearing face coverings. The images bear […]

School district extends deadline for learning options

School district extends deadline for learning options

The Santa Rosa County School District is extending the deadline for parents to select a learning option for the 2020-21 school year. Originally set for Aug. 3, the deadline has now been pushed to Aug. 7. Parents can select a learning option for their students by visiting www.santarosa.k12.fl.us. Any parent needing assistance with the selection […]

Santa Rosa parents petition for distance learning option

Santa Rosa parents petition for distance learning option

In Santa Rosa County Public Schools, there are two options for parents come Aug. 10. Either students attend brick and mortar school buildings, where officials have admitted social distancing due to COVID-19 will be impossible and masks will not be required. Or the student is pulled from their district school and enrolled in Santa Rosa […]

Five Pace High teachers under investigation

Five Pace High teachers under investigation

It started with a post about race on Facebook and has escalated into a full-blown investigation into potential misconduct by teachers at Pace High School, including the teacher that posted. Santa Rosa County School Board unanimously approved June 18 placing five teachers at Pace High School on administrative leave as an investigation is conducted into […]

5 things to know: Getting school back in session

5 things to know: Getting school back in session

State officials have published their recommendations for returning to school after COVID-19 pandemic closures, and now Santa Rosa County School District’s task force has published recommendations. The School Board approved the plans June 18, and now the work begins at the individual school level to determine how best to implement these plans. Read the full […]

School district holds impact fees at arm’s length

School district holds impact fees at arm’s length

With legal action hanging over their heads, Santa Rosa School District opted this month to hold impact fees in a separate account and not move forward with expenditure. The Home Builders Association of West Florida Inc. (HBA), jointly with 11 building companies, filed April 17 in court to prevent impact fees from being collected in […]

Rest of school year still up in the air

Rest of school year still up in the air

Santa Rosa County School District does not have an answer on whether or not schools will reopen from COVID-19 closures, but teachers are instructed to prepare for the possibility.  Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick confirmed the state has not yet provided guidance via text message April 17.  “We have NOT been told by state leadership school will […]

All public schools closed until at least May 1

All public schools closed until at least May 1

School closures due to COVID-19 concerns are extended through May 1 according to school district officials. Students had been set to return to the classroom April 15, but Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick confirmed Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran extended the closure during a conference call Monday afternoon. Wyrosdick said he was disappointed by the news, but he […]

Dorsey named district’s 2020 Principal of the Year

Dorsey named district’s 2020 Principal of the Year

Making meaningful connections with 1,013 students plus a school’s worth of staff can be difficult in a school year, but that is Shana Dorsey’s goal.  Dorsey has been principal at West Navarre Intermediate School for five years, and her efforts to create a connected community resulted in the school district naming her Principal of the […]

First Baptist in Milton clears student meal debts

First Baptist in Milton clears student meal debts

In Santa Rosa County public schools, students owed nearly $16,000 in debt for school lunches and breakfasts. Thanks to First Baptist Church in Milton, that number was cut by a third. As part of celebrating its 175th anniversary, the church’s congregation raised $5,000 to donate toward the lunch debt in the district. Read the full […]

Schools won’t reopen until at least mid-April

Schools won’t reopen until at least mid-April

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Middle schoolers receive rare award at competition

Middle schoolers receive rare award at competition

Sometimes failure is worth celebrating. Santa Rosa County schools saw many successes Feb. 22 at the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition in Crestview. Odyssey of the Mind is a student competition in which teams are tasked with creatively solving a problem such as supporting heavy weights or remotely moving objects and then presenting their […]

School district building multiple new schools

School district building multiple new schools

There are more than a few moving targets when it comes to building capacity for Santa Rosa County’s growing student population. DAG Architects representative Dave Luttrell is one of many working to build new schools to meet the need, likely five within the decade. He presented the capacity numbers of Santa Rosa’s current schools to […]

K-8 school gets new roof, new name

K-8 school gets new roof, new name

Administrators and contractors constructing a two-story school just off Edgewood Drive are going to have to break the habit of calling it the “Elkhart K-8.” The building is finally taking the shape of a school and has officially been named East Bay K-8 School. Assistant Superintendent Joey Harrell said breaking the habit of calling it […]

Second student dragged by school bus

Second student dragged by school bus

A 6-year-old girl caught in the door of her school bus was dragged past multiple houses along Sewell Road in Milton Jan. 31, according to an incident report from Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. This is the second time within a year that a student has been reportedly caught in the door of a Santa […]

Santa Rosa shares STEM lessons

Santa Rosa shares STEM lessons

There were more than students learning in Holley Navarre Middle School Jan. 28. Educators and administrators from across the U.S. were in the halls and classrooms of several Santa Rosa County School District campuses learning about the district’s STEAM initiative (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics). Read the full article in the Feb. 6 issue […]

Mann named Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year

Mann named Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year

Many people have someone in their lives that they distinctly remember from their childhood, someone who made a lasting impact on their life. This person took the extra time to get to know who someone truly is. To many children in our community, that special person is Elizabeth Mann. Read the full article in the […]

Rep. Williamson sponsors 2020 student page and messengers

Rep. Williamson sponsors 2020 student page and messengers

Twelve local students sponsored by Rep. Jayer Williamson (District 3) have been accepted into the Florida House of Representatives Page & Messenger Program for the 2020 legislative session. A long-standing tradition in the Florida House, the Page & Messenger Program participants are mentioned in the historic journals of the institution dating as far back as […]

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 […]

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