Santa Rosa Professional Educators

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 […]

Florida teacher compensation deemed a ‘crisis situation’

Florida teacher compensation deemed a ‘crisis situation’

Florida has sunk even lower in the rankings for teacher pay to number 46, according to the National Education Association’s (NEA) annual Rankings of the States. On average Florida teachers are compensated $12,309 less per year than their peers across the country, according to the report released in April of this year.   Read the […]

Lax oversight raises concerns about school flu shots

Lax oversight raises concerns about school flu shots

In the wake of parents protesting that some Santa Rosa school students were given flu vaccinations against their wishes, questions are being raised about the large Jacksonville company that administers the shots with minimal oversight. Public documents and interviews with government officials indicate that although the Santa Rosa County School District abruptly suspended the flu […]

School district will hire bus liaisons

School district will hire bus liaisons

Let’s talk about it. Beleaguered by parents who are frustrated over poor bus service as the school year starts, Santa Rosa District Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick will hire two new officials to listen and better communicate what’s being done in response. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Election could turn school board topsy-turvy

Election could turn school board topsy-turvy

Some critics of the Santa Rosa County school board say the five-member panel often wields a rubber stamp for District Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick. But others wonder if the Aug. 28 election could create an imbalance of influence with a new majority that favors the Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE) teachers union, which is locked in […]

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 […]

Rising property values boost school budget

Rising property values boost school budget

The tax rate that Santa Rosa property owners pay to fund the county’s public schools won’t rise next year, although their total tab will. That’s because property values keep going up in a rebounding economy and a housing market that has largely recovered from the “bubble” that burst during the Great Recession of a decade […]

Deadline looms in school board, District 4 commissioner races

Deadline looms in school board, District 4 commissioner races

As primary election voting inches closer, the window is closing for school board candidates to win over voters. All three of the school board seats up for grabs will be decided on the primary ballot Aug. 28, and votes in the race can be cast as early as Aug. 13. For much of the race, […]

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 […]

Horton withdraws from school board race

Horton withdraws from school board race

Liz Horton of Gulf Breeze has withdrawn from the race for District 5 Santa Rosa County School Board. She filed for the election in January. Horton filed her letter of withdrawal with the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections May 2. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

School support staff election goes to runoff

School support staff election goes to runoff

Postelection, it remains unclear as to who will be the representative union for the hundreds of educational support staff members of Santa Rosa County School District. Just four votes separated challenger Santa Rosa Education Association (SREA) from the current union, Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE). SREA garnered 115, and SRPE got 111. That was not […]

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 […]

Santa Rosa Professional Educators prevail as teachers’ union

Santa Rosa Professional Educators prevail as teachers’ union

Four votes among a thousand is a slim margin, but it was enough to secure Santa Rosa Professional Educators’ spot as the bargaining unit for teachers in Santa Rosa County for another three years. The current union, which negotiates the contract and compensation of the school district’s nearly 2,000 teachers, was victorious over the newly […]

Teachers win support in salary battle

Teachers win support in salary battle

As the first day of school approaches, negotiations of the master contract for compensation of Santa Rosa teachers and educational support staff continues — but progress was made July 10 toward a resolution. The special magistrate called in to resolve a four-month impasse between the Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE) teacher and staff union and […]

New teachers union seeks bargaining power

New teachers union seeks bargaining power

Amid stalemated arguments over teacher salary increases in the Santa Rosa School District, a new union wants to take over future negotiations. The Santa Rosa Education Association (SREA) has renewed its application with the state’s Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) to represent roughly 125 of the school district’s 1,900 teachers. Read the full article in […]

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 […]