schools

DeSantis, Trump adviser tout schools reopening

DeSantis, Trump adviser tout schools reopening

With students returning to classrooms throughout most of the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis and an adviser to President Donald Trump on Monday tried to bolster support for offering in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic. Scott Atlas, a physician and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said during a news conference with DeSantis that […]

School district extends deadline for learning options

School district extends deadline for learning options

The Santa Rosa County School District is extending the deadline for parents to select a learning option for the 2020-21 school year. Originally set for Aug. 3, the deadline has now been pushed to Aug. 7. Parents can select a learning option for their students by visiting www.santarosa.k12.fl.us. Any parent needing assistance with the selection […]

Rest of school year still up in the air

Rest of school year still up in the air

Santa Rosa County School District does not have an answer on whether or not schools will reopen from COVID-19 closures, but teachers are instructed to prepare for the possibility.  Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick confirmed the state has not yet provided guidance via text message April 17.  “We have NOT been told by state leadership school will […]

School closures create food uncertainty

School closures create food uncertainty

COVID-19 has closed down massive parts of the community, including area schools through at least March 27. While those closures could mean curbing the illness’s spread, for the county’s most financially vulnerable populations, the announcement could be troubling. For hundreds of students throughout south Santa Rosa County, school means free breakfasts and lunches. And it […]

School Spring Break Schedules

School Spring Break Schedules

March 1-8 University of Florida Vanderbilt University March 9-15 University of West Florida University of Central Florida University of Miami University of South Alabama Embry Riddle Troy University Auburn University University of Georgia Mississippi State University Texas A&M March 16-22 Santa Rosa County Public Schools Escambia County Public Schools Pensacola State College Florida State University […]

Tropical Storm Nestor forms

Tropical Storm Nestor forms

Tropical Disturbance 16 in the Gulf of Mexico has now formed into Tropical Storm Nestor, with a center of low pressure detected. The cone of uncertainty has moved east of our area, however, the track of the storm could change, so all residents should be watching T.S. Nestor. KEY POINTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: […]

Santa Rosa school security gets boost

Santa Rosa school security gets boost

Tripling down on school protection from would be shooters, Santa Rosa schools are spending millions of dollars on new measures to keep out bad guys or stop them in their tracks. In cooperation with Sheriff Bob Johnson, schools are bolstering his force of resource officers with upgraded cameras, alarms that notify more officers within 10 […]

Whispering Pines developments nixed

Whispering Pines developments nixed

Both of the PUD developments proposed along Whispering Pines Boulevard were halted Thursday night, but development of at least one of the properties is still likely. The issue was up for vote before the Board of County Commissioners Thursday night durign their regular special rezoning meeting. The first and most contentious of the developments would […]

Teacher of the Year announced

Teacher of the Year announced

East Milton Elementary kindergarten teacher Kristen White was announced Friday as the Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year 2018 during a surprise visit to her classroom. White is a graduate of the University of West Florida and has taught kindergarten, STEAM Lab (science, technology, engineering, art and math) and Reading Intervention during her 11 years […]

Testing creates accountability in schools

Testing creates accountability in schools

Navarre High School Principal Brian Noack gives a simple answer in regards to his thoughts on the number of tests students take each year. “I believe without a doubt that students are over-tested,” Noack said. Noack has no problem with tests being done in the schools. He understands the purpose behind them. “As an educator […]

Holley-Navarre Historical Society forming

Holley-Navarre Historical Society forming

The Holley-Navarre Historical Society is forming, and new members are sought to help gather and preserve historical photographs, mementos and information about local families, schools, businesses, churches, events and more. The group was created March 23 on Facebook, and the first organizational meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, April 9 at Alphy’s Catfish House […]

Santa Rosa schools make the grade

Santa Rosa schools make the grade

On Friday, the Florida Department of Education issued grades for schools and districts based on the Florida Standards Assessment test scoring. The Santa Rosa County School District placed fourth overall in the state, and all of Navarre schools were ‘A’ rated. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE […]

Growth-management strategies meeting to address county schools

Growth-management strategies meeting to address county schools

The Santa Rosa County School Board will conduct a workshop with the county commissioners at the Russell Center on the Locklin Technical Center campus Thursday, Jan. 21 at noon in order to discuss growth-management strategies for the Santa Rosa County School District. Last year in April, in order to solve problems caused by overcrowding within […]

Community in need of holiday donations this year

Community in need of holiday donations this year

Local organization Caring and Sharing is leading the way this holiday season to collect food and toys for those in need in our community. “Christmas joy is our goal for our clients,” Ann Thompson, president of Caring and Sharing said. “This year we have 183 families, totaling 710 persons, (317 adults, 119 teens, 234 children […]