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Tiger Point golf neighbors wary of development

Tiger Point golf neighbors wary of development

The owners of homes near the defunct west course of Tiger Point Golf Club are expressing concern they may have new neighbors—either a public school or a sizable housing development. The former course, now vacant, is being studied as a possible school site while its owner—the City of Gulf Breeze—awaits prospective bids on the 47-acre […]

School district sales tax passes

School district sales tax passes

In a show of support for Santa Rosa School District, voters passed the continuance of the one-half cent sales tax for 10 years beginning Jan. 1, 2019. The funds are designated for construction of new school district facilities, renovations to existing schools, land acquisition and improvements, and the upgrading and equipping of school district facilities […]

$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 […]

School lunch served with side of learning

School lunch served with side of learning

When is the last time your child ate cauliflower, dates or even the dreaded broccoli? Odds are if they attend public school in Santa Rosa County, they ate them with lunch today. Sodexo, the company contracted by the Santa Rosa School Board to provide schools with meals, has launched a new program this school year […]

Private high school comes to Navarre

Private high school comes to Navarre

Lighthouse Private Christian Academy could open doors to its newest facility in Midway for eighth through twelfth graders as early as January. The academy is expected to close on a 16 acre property this month for a price of $550,000 and is located at 1508 New Hope Road in Midway. The property was previously a […]

Dad event at school draws overwhelming response

Dad event at school draws overwhelming response

Sandra Drost couldn’t help but look around the West Navarre Intermediate cafeteria and smile at the sight of so many fathers spending quality time with their children in a school setting. “This warms my heart,” said Drost, the academic intervention specialist at the school. Heartwarming fits as an appropriate description. Successful is appropriate as well […]

Parents shell out hundreds for back to school

Parents shell out hundreds for back to school

Back-to-school shoppers are set to spend $27.3 billion on their K-12 students nationwide according to the National Retail Federation’s annual back-to-school report, a nearly $4 billion increase over last year. In Navarre, parents can expect to spend between $55-$101 on school supplies alone for their grade schoolers plus anywhere between $10 and $40 for a […]

County school’s “A” grade streak broken

County school’s “A” grade streak broken

For the first time in 12 years, Santa Rosa County School District’s grade has dropped from an A to a B ranking for the 2015-2016 school year according to reports released Friday, July 15, by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). Santa Rosa joined the ranks of roughly 43 percent of school districts whose rank […]

Bill creates changes in school controlled open enrollment

Bill creates changes in school controlled open enrollment

According to Gov. Rick Scott’s newly approved House Bill 7029, parents are now allowed to enroll their children in any public or charter school which isn’t filled to capacity. Taking effect for the 2017-2018 school years, the amendment to section 5, section 1002.31 of the Florida Statute, will open up school options for students statewide. […]

Sanchez says goodbye to Holley-Navarre Primary

Sanchez says goodbye to Holley-Navarre Primary

Longtime Holley-Navarre Primary School (HNPS) teacher Cindy Sanchez is retiring. Her last official day in paid status is Dec. 25. Sanchez has been teaching for 32 years, and 26 of those years were at HNPS. Retired fellow second grade teacher Jo Ann Timlin worked with Sanchez for decades “She loved the kids,” Timlin said, noting […]

Unusual partnership between prison and schools

Unusual partnership between prison and schools

Schools seem like the last place prisoners might be welcomed, but an innovative local community program is an exception. Inmates from Santa Rosa Correctional Institute (SRCI) in Milton are painting murals and completing work in Santa Rosa County District Schools strictly during non-school hours. Read more  in the Dec. 4 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online […]

Santa Rosa earns Gold Healthy School District status

Santa Rosa earns Gold Healthy School District status

For the second year in a row Santa Rosa County School District has qualified as a Healthy School District, earning a gold level designation. To achieve the recognition the district had to conduct a thorough self-assessment of activities such as health and physical education, nutrition services, psychological and social services, and staff wellness efforts. “Our […]

Enterovirus D68 hits home – Santa Rosa student in recovery

Enterovirus D68 hits home – Santa Rosa student in recovery

  Officials with Santa Rosa County Health Department (SRCHD) confirm an 8-year-old Santa Rosa County student was diagnosed with and is in recovery from Enterovirus D68 (EVD68). A related letter is going home today with students in Santa Rosa County District Schools. The letter from SRCHD describes symptoms and suggest prevention steps and points out the student is no longer […]

Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68

Just three days ago, the Florida Department of Health reported the state’s first confirmed case of the Enterovirus D68 (EVD68) in Polk County. Today, the Pensacola News Journal reported another case of the virus in an 8-year-old boy who lives in Escambia County. Last month, the Navarre Press reported on the virus that, at that point, was […]

Navarre school locked down

Navarre school locked down

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Deputy Rich Aloy has confirmed that no police report has been filed after Holley Navarre Primary School was in lockdown for 30  minutes on Sept. 2. Office staff reported an irate parent caused the school to initiate safety protocols that resulted in the 30 minute lockdown procedure. Aloy confirmed […]

Too sick for school?

Too sick for school?

With fall temperatures and flu season looming, parents might find now the perfect time to review their child sickness strategy. Dr. Kacey Gibson, who practices Family Medicine in the Tiger Point Baptist Medical Group office, is also a mother of two small boys herself. She says one big warning sign comes when a child does not want to […]