Santa Rosa County Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick

Scott calls for reallocation of safe school funds

Scott calls for reallocation of safe school funds

Gov. Rick Scott is urging Florida lawmakers to redirect the roughly $58 million remaining from the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program and send it instead to the state’s school districts for additional school safety funding. “When I signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, I made it clear that any unused funding […]

School budget makes for an eternal impasse

School budget makes for an eternal impasse

The proposed $366 million budget for Santa Rosa County’s public schools in 2018-2019 is ground zero in a labor-management battle between teachers and district Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick that underscores the frustration on both sides. To the teachers’ Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE) union, the most unsatisfying part of the budget is the sometimes misunderstood “general […]

School board offers $1.9 million for Tiger Point parcel

School board offers $1.9 million for Tiger Point parcel

Tiger Point Golf Club’s defunct west course will be the site of a middle or elementary school—or both—if the City of Gulf Breeze accepts Tim Wyrosdick’s $1.9 million offer for a 45-acre parcel. While only about half the amount forecast last fall by Matt Dannheisser, mayor of Gulf Breeze, which owns the club, the prospective […]

Commissioners on board to control student population growth

Commissioners on board to control student population growth

South Santa Rosa County needs a new high school, but it is not likely to be built anytime soon. There are fewer than 147 student stations left open in Gulf Breeze and Navarre High School combined. Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

3 p.m. UPDATE: School and other closings

3 p.m. UPDATE: School and other closings

In addition to Santa Rosa County schools, the following businesses have issued closing or late opening announcements: Northwest Florida State College classes and administrative offices are closed Wednesday, this includes all student activities, art and athletics. Courts in Escambia and Santa Rosa County closed Wednesday. NAS Pensacola will be closed starting at 9 p.m. tonight […]

Teachers’ union not settling for salary decision

Teachers’ union not settling for salary decision

Weeks after the Santa Rosa County School Board sided with Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick over the teachers’ union in salary negotiations, some teachers and union leaders are not dropping the issue. They appeared before the school board to make arguments during a public forum Sept. 7. In mid-August the school board voted unanimously to offer the […]

Teachers’ pay raise limited by school board

Teachers’ pay raise limited by school board

Santa Rosa public school teachers will receive about half of the $3.3 million annual pay raise they have sought per a 5-0 vote by the school board that limited their increase Thursday night. School Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick, who had a victory statement prepared in advance, seemed to anticipate the board vote that supported his position […]

Santa Rosa schools make the A grade

Santa Rosa schools make the A grade

The Santa Rosa School District is back on top of the rankings with an A grade for the 2016-17 school year. Last year, for the first time in more than a decade, the district’s ranking had slipped to a B grade. Bill Emerson, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, said he was pleased to […]

Girls empowered to pursue STEAM careers

Girls empowered to pursue STEAM careers

In scientific and mathematical fields, males out number females 4 to 1. A study published in the journal Science found that by the time girls are 6 years old, they believe males are more likely to be “really, really smart” than females. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Teachers union wants review of substitute hiring

Teachers union wants review of substitute hiring

Questions are being raised about the background checking practices of an outside vendor in the hiring of the 1,000 or so substitute teachers needed weekly to plug absences in the Santa Rosa School District. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

$3 million for 30 minutes

$3 million for 30 minutes

An extra 30 minutes of school time each day could cost an extra $3 million, but Santa Rosa Superintendent of Schools Tim Wyrosdick said it would be money well spent. Santa Rosa School District has set aside $3 million in unexpected Full Time Equivalent (FTE) funding to move the county’s 14 middle and high schools […]

Wyrosdick eyes tax support and new schools

Wyrosdick eyes tax support and new schools

With three new schools in Tim Wyrosdick’s five-year plan, he’s rallying support to renew the existing half-cent sales tax that will help pay for them while his staff scouts likely locations. An extension of the Santa Rosa County School District’s two-decade-old local option levy will be the lone item on a March 28 referendum ballot. […]

STEAM Innovate launches year two

STEAM Innovate launches year two

Santa Rosa County students will be able to tour the home of a middle-class family in Africa through virtual reality or witness the impressive forces of a train hitting a car from inside the vehicle or even submit the tire design for NASA’s next Mars rover. And it is all thanks to STEAM Innovate. The […]

Teachers end up paying out of pocket to stock classrooms with supplies

Teachers end up paying out of pocket to stock classrooms with supplies

While parents spend hundreds on back to school for their children, Navarre teachers are pitching in just as much of their own cash to supply their students and stock their classrooms. Holley-Navarre Middle School (HNMS) civics teacher Ashley Hall has invested $1,500 into her classroom this year, and she’s not alone in that spending. Hall […]

Wyrosdick to feds: Stand back and stand down

Wyrosdick to feds:  Stand back and stand down

The Department of Justice, together with the Department of Education, has effectively held Title IX funding over the heads of school districts nationwide to promote third gender protections and recognitions. The Department’s letter to school districts and the guidance included with it outlines that schools must allow students who identify themselves as transgendered to use […]