Santa Rosa County School District

School board building treated for air quality, rodent problems

School board building treated for air quality, rodent problems

Air quality tests from the 103-year-old Santa Rosa County School Board’s building at 5068 Canal St. in Milton showed elevated levels of carbon dioxide and mold spores, prompting a thorough scrub-down last month. According to public records obtained by the Navarre Press, the school district had Intertek PSI conduct professional air quality testing June 7. […]

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 […]

Test anomaly delays posting of Woodlawn’s scores

Test anomaly delays posting of Woodlawn’s scores

Grades on 2017-2018 Florida Standards Assessment tests for public schools across Florida have been released, but Woodlawn Beach Middle School still has no scores posted. That is because of a possible problem detected by the Florida Department of Education’s (FDOE) verification software, said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Bill Emerson. Read the full […]

Sharp divides surface in Gulf Breeze mayor’s race

Sharp divides surface in Gulf Breeze mayor’s race

The long quiet political landscape in the City of Gulf Breeze is rumbling. For the first time since 2008, candidates for the mayor’s seat on the city council are putting out yard signs, knocking on doors and airing their differences in a political campaign of the sort many residents can’t recall witnessing before. Read the […]

School safety legislation at the forefront for 2019

School safety legislation at the forefront for 2019

Florida legislators will not meet in session again until March 5, 2019, but many lobbying groups are already getting their legislative priorities in order, including the Santa Rosa County School Board. The board approved lobbyist agency Rutledge Ecenia, PA for another term June 21 during its first official meeting at Woodlawn Beach Middle School. Read […]

New buses arrive

New buses arrive

Effective July 1, Student Transportation of America (STA) will take over as the bus service contractor for Santa Rosa County School District. As part of the $10.5 million first-year contract, STA has provided an all new fleet of school buses. Read the full article in the June 28 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

Kids unleash problem-solving creativity at Camp Invention

Kids unleash problem-solving creativity at Camp Invention

Walking into a West Navarre Intermediate School classroom last week meant ducking flying plush cupcakes and stepping over splayed out, half-finished mini mansions surrounded by students with pipe cleaners. The noise of a half-dozen hammers wielded by third-graders filled the halls. Read the full article in the June 21 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

Subdivision gets go-ahead for higher density

Subdivision gets go-ahead for higher density

A new subdivision taking shape at the western edge of Holley by the Sea has gotten preliminary clearance to expand to 360 homes. Heather’s Place is being built by Henry Company Homes on about 417 acres. The three parcels that make up the development are located south of East Bay Boulevard and west of Edgewood […]

Development follows new school, increases classroom squeeze

Development follows new school, increases classroom squeeze

It is a continuing catch-22-style dilemma. Soaring student populations have prompted Santa Rosa School District to build a new school west of Holley by the Sea, but that planned construction in an A-ranked school district has propelled the development of 360 new single-family homes around the future school site. Read the full article in the […]

Middle schoolers express themselves in award-winning art

Middle schoolers express themselves in award-winning art

As the school year wound to a close, dozens of students in the Holley Navarre Middle School art program celebrated a year of hard work. On display inside the school’s media center last week were dozens of ceramic sculptures, oil paintings, prints and sketches created by the students. Read the full article in the May […]

West Navarre fitness team competes in meet

West Navarre fitness team competes in meet

The West Navarre Primary Stars shined bright at the S.S. Dixon fitness meet May 11. The WNP fitness team traveled to Dixon Primary with 24 students to compete in six different events. Read the full article in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year!

West Navarre students among wildlife poster winners

West Navarre students among wildlife poster winners

Elementary students across Santa Rosa County lent their artistic talents to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge last week as part of the organization’s poster contest. Students from every elementary, intermediate and primary school in the county were invited to compete. Read the full article in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

Congratulations Navarre High School graduates!

Congratulations Navarre High School graduates!

The Navarre High School Class of 2018 commencement ceremony was held at the Pensacola Bay Center on May 26. Photos from this event can be viewed at www.navarrephotos.com. As seen in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year!             […]

Santa Rosa steps up hurricane preparedness

Santa Rosa steps up hurricane preparedness

Even before the official start of the hurricane season on June 1, the Santa Rosa County Emergency Management team and Emergency Operations Center are already keeping tabs on two major rain events. Subtropical storm Alberto on Saturday became the first named storm of a season that had not even officially begun. Read the full article […]

Navarre Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year

Navarre Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year

Teachers of the Year from Navarre area schools were recognized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Featured in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year!                

West Navarre’s Nelson achieves Rookie of the Year

West Navarre’s Nelson achieves Rookie of the Year

West Navarre Intermediate School teacher Dustin Nelson has been awarded the 2018 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year. The Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced the fifth-grade science teacher for the award Wednesday during their Rookie of the Year Reception. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Why is your mom the best mom?

Why is your mom the best mom?

Holley Navarre Primary School students in Melanie Buys’ first grade class were asked “Why is your mom the best mom?” Featured in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.                               […]

Navarre teacher receives support from colleagues, community

Navarre teacher receives support from colleagues, community

After spending 27 years teaching and advocating for Santa Rosa County’s exceptional students, West Navarre Primary School (WNPS) teacher Susan Copeland is now the one receiving advocacy. After this teacher experienced a severe and unexpected medical complication at the age of 49, her fellow teachers stepped up to raise funds to cover her medical expenses. […]

Education innovators take flight during STEAMtastic Saturday

Education innovators take flight during STEAMtastic Saturday

Some brightly colored tissue paper, a handful of glue sticks and one camping propane burner can teach children the basics of engineering, data collection and teamwork. A toy drone can illustrate the concepts of physics and principles of flight. Read the full article in the May 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

West Navarre Intermediate students sweet talk to success

West Navarre Intermediate students sweet talk to success

West Navarre Intermediate School fourth and fifth grade students polished up their public speaking skills Friday as they competed in the 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Contest.  The school saw 28 students deliver speeches on a variety of topics to a gathering of classmates and a panel of local judges. Read the full article in the April […]

School board considers south-end meetings

School board considers south-end meetings

  The Santa Rosa County School Board is exploring the idea of holding some of its monthly meetings in the south end of the county. At its regular meeting last Tuesday, the board gave the go-ahead to school district staff to explore the idea of retrofitting the Woodlawn Beach Middle School cafeteria to be able […]

Two more candidates seeking south-end school board seats

Two more candidates seeking south-end school board seats

Following contentious contract negotiations with the county’s teachers union, challengers have entered the ring for the three school board seats up for election this year. In the last few weeks, two more candidates have thrown their hats in for the south-end seats on the five-member board. Read the full article in the April 26 issue […]

Rookie of the Year teachers announced

Rookie of the Year teachers announced

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced the nominees for 2018 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year award April 9. The foundation invited every school in the Santa Rosa School District to nominate one teacher for the award. Read the full article in the April 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Raider Games brighten the day of everyone involved

Raider Games brighten the day of everyone involved

Carissa Spessard had never been a part of the Raider Games until Friday. The Navarre High swimmer didn’t hesitate to dive into the opportunity when asked. “My coach asked me and I said ‘of course,’” Spessard said. “I wanted to help make these kids’ day.” Read the full article in the April 19 issue of […]

MHS Band Crawfish Festival

Great music and delicious food are on the menu for the third annual Milton High School Band Crawfish Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. held on the Park Avenue side of the school, 5445 Stewart St. The event features a Louisiana-style crawfish boil, children’s area and vendor booths. Entertainment includes the MHS Blackwater Beats […]

Solving over-crowding on Hwy 98

Solving over-crowding on Hwy 98

While the Florida Department of Transportation continues to pursue expanding U.S. Highway 98 to six lanes and implementing a flyover in the Heart of Navarre, the thoroughfare continues to increase beyond its intended maximum capacity. When an accident occurs, the areas only major east-west corridor can become blocked, leaving both local and long-distance traffic at […]

Navarre senior calls for school safety fix

Navarre senior calls for school safety fix

Amid calls for metal detectors and bulletproof glass on school campuses, one Navarre High School student has a simpler, and possibly cheaper, safety measure to add to the debate: identification cards. NHS senior Katelynn Joyner, 17, addressed the Santa Rosa County School Board with her idea Thursday evening. Read the full article in the April […]

District unveils design for K-8 facility in Navarre

District unveils design for K-8 facility in Navarre

Conceptual designs for a new school in Navarre to relieve crowding at the existing schools have been revealed, but funding may be a problem. The school, which was approved by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) last year, would be located directly west of Elkhart Drive south of East Bay Boulevard. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

City sees silver lining in Tiger Point land sale

City sees silver lining in Tiger Point land sale

The City of Gulf Breeze’s proposed sale of part of Tiger Point Golf Club to the Santa Rosa County School District may be a better deal for Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick’s organization than either side realized. In fact, the results of a new appraisal received by the City of Gulf Breeze this week indicates that the […]

Navarre’s homeless students need landlords

Navarre’s homeless students need landlords

  Santa Rosa School District’s program to assist homeless students has hit a snag in Navarre. The One Family, One Year, One Home Tenant-based Rental Assistance Program has the funding to cover rent for 75 homeless families. Read the full article in the April 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

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