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School bus involved in East Bay accident

School bus involved in East Bay accident

No major injuries were reported following a Santa Rosa County school bus involved accident along East Bay Boulevard Friday morning. According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, the school bus was traveling west along East Bay in Midway past Bergen Road. A Chevy Silverado driven by Pensacola resident Brian Neal Day Jr. was traveling east past […]

Quality time key in improving student resiliency

Quality time key in improving student resiliency

Most happy and healthy students have one thing in common: resiliency. And as students head into the new school year, school district staff are encouraging parents to take an active role in promoting mental health of their students. Read the full article in the Aug. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as […]

Coach Bentley under investigation

Coach Bentley under investigation

Navarre High School boys basketball coach Taf Bentley is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct. Santa Rosa County Schools Assistant Superintendent Conni Carnley, who is in charge of human resources, could not provide details on what the investigation involves or how long it will take, but did say Bentley is on paid leave at the […]

Six Santa Rosa schools receive Five Star Award

Six Santa Rosa schools receive Five Star Award

Six Santa Rosa County schools were received the Five Star School Award this year from the Florida Department of Education. The award focuses on community involvement through business partnerships, volunteerism, family involvement, student community service and school advisory councils. To receive a five star ranking the school must meet 100 percent of the criteria and […]

School Board moves to extend life of half-cent tax

School Board moves to extend life of half-cent tax

A third of the Santa Rosa School District’s capital outlay budget will be on the line March 28, 2017, with a special election to decide if a half-cent capital outlay sales tax will continue in the county. The tax, which brings in an estimated $7.5 million a year, has been in place since 1998. “This […]

STEMmersion engages educators in Santa Rosa County schools

STEMmersion engages educators in Santa Rosa County schools

Holley-Navarre Intermediate school teacher Lauren Goodin participated in interactive activities and workshops focused on teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) July 14-17 during the 2016 Discovery Education Summer STEMmersion. The program was part of a five-year partnership between the Santa Rosa County School District and Discovery Education for the STEAM INNOVATE! Initiative. STEAM adds […]

Keeping art education alive

Keeping art education alive

Oh what a night for art programs in the local schools. Educators, students and supporters of the arts gathered in the Gulf Breeze Library Meeting Room the evening of May 3 for a presentation where Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc., awarded a $20,000 grant for art programs and other education efforts in area schools. This is […]

Our newspaper, our commUNITY

Our newspaper, our commUNITY

Some readers may be surprised to learn that Navarre Press, while owned by Sandi Kemp belongs to the community.  We cover issues important to you: the actions of your government and its individual members, crime and public safety, the latest on beach renourishment, the local high-school athletes who are going places, the Navarre High School […]

Marine Science Station getting WeatherSTEM unit

Marine Science Station getting WeatherSTEM unit

Sometimes it really is a small world. In fact, it’s part of the reason why a WeatherSTEM unit will soon be installed at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Read the full article in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.

Group effort used to battle homelessness in school district

Group effort used to battle homelessness in school district

The Santa Rosa County School District isn’t simply trying to help the homeless students in its schools. Its goal is to break the cycle and end the problem. “Our goal is to provide students the resources and support to graduate from high school and transition to college and a career,” said Dr. Karen Barber, the […]

18 teachers win ACCELerator grants

18 teachers win ACCELerator grants

Eighteen teachers from Santa Rosa County schools have been named ACCELerator Grant Program award winners, nearly double the total from a year ago when only 10 received grants. “It’s exciting that we had so many chosen this year from one county,” said Jeffery Baugus, the math and science coordinator for the Santa Rosa County School […]

$2M grant will benefit north end students

$2M grant will benefit north end students

The U.S. Department of Education awarded a five-year $1.9 million grant to Santa Rosa County Schools to create community learning centers that offer “academic enrichment” opportunities when school is out of session. The criteria requires the grant be used to assist students who attend “high-poverty and low-performing” schools. “The program helps students meet state and […]

Dual enrollment up, costs to Santa Rosa and Escambia county districts down

Dual enrollment up, costs to Santa Rosa and Escambia county districts down

More area students are participating in dual enrollment classes, but the Santa Rosa and Escambia County School Districts are getting a break on the cost, thanks to an agreement with Pensacola State College (PSC). A new agreement with PSC, has generated savings for the local districts. According to Buddy Hinote, Director of High School Education for Santa Rosa County Schools, PSC has agreed to reimburse the district for 30 percent of the $71.09 per credit […]

Update: “Smooth” describes first day

Update: “Smooth” describes first day

Students returned Monday to Santa Rosa County Schools and despite a few traffic backups, “smooth” was the word used by a bus driver, teacher and administrator to describe the first day of classes. A fifth-grader at West Navarre Intermediate used a different word to describe his experience, “Epic.” Read more in the Aug. 21 issue of […]

Getting girls excited about science

Getting girls excited about science

Nearly 30 middle school girls from Santa Rosa County are experiencing science in fun and exciting ways June 23 – 27 at Pensacola State College. PEGASUS (Play, Engage, Grow, Achieve … Summer of Uplifting Science) is an effort to engage young females to participate in science and technology activities. Read more in the July 3 […]

Aydelott remembered with garden dedication

Aydelott remembered with garden dedication

Teachers, staff, family members, friends and students gathered at Holley Navarre Middle School May 28 to dedicate a colorful garden to the memory of Sharon Aydelott. “We hereby loving dedicate in her cherished memory the Sharon Hill Aydelott memorial garden,” said principal Joie DeStefano during the dedication ceremony held in the school’s cafeteria. Read more […]

FCAT faces technology challenges

FCAT faces technology challenges

This week, public school students across the state are taking the very last FCAT, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, before the state will fully implement the Florida Standards Common Core curriculum in the 2014-2015 school year. Bill Emerson, assistant superintendent for Santa Rosa County schools, said that each year, the state has been adding a […]

Fourth candidate enters school board district 3 race

Fourth candidate enters school board district 3 race

Fuchsia Ann Parris Spann filed March 17 as a candidate for Santa Rosa County School Board District 3 Representative. Spann, a real estate agent at Century 21 Island View Realty in Navarre,  is now the fourth candidate vying for the district 3 representative seat.  She is the third candidate to enter the school board race since […]

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

The Santa Rosa Education Foundation and its partner Santa Rosa Medical Center have announced the three finalists for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year.  Jason Olson, Gulf Breeze High, Danielle Clark, Holley-Navarre Intermediate and April Laurent, Oriole Beach Elementary have been named as finalists. The Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year will be announced Friday, Feb. […]

Santa Rosa Education Foundation awards $53,000 in teacher grants

Santa Rosa Education Foundation awards $53,000 in teacher grants

Santa Rosa Education Foundation has awarded 53 teacher grants totaling $53,000 to Santa Rosa public educators. SREF, in partnership with Santa Rosa Medical Center, the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, the Florida Legislature, and grant program sponsors, is enabling teachers to implement grants that engage students in active learning while increasing student achievement. Grants were […]

Teaching comes natural to Cunniff

Teaching comes natural to Cunniff

West Navarre Primary School second grade teacher Laura Cunniff always knew she would be a teacher. Cunniff’s natural teaching ability paired with a knack for keeping her students engaged and interested in the classroom has earned her the title of WNPS Teacher of the Year. To read more, subscribe online or pick up a copy of the December […]

NHS students most paddled in school district

NHS students most paddled in school district

Corporal punishment in public schools has long been phased out as a discipline option for students in neighboring counties. But in Santa Rosa County, paddling still takes place in many local schools, and the majority of those paddling in the past two years have been administered to Navarre High School students. To read more, subscribe online or […]