Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick

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 […]

New public schools in south Santa Rosa County a decade away

New public schools in south Santa Rosa County a decade away

Even as talk of a new school in Navarre turns to action, a new high school facility could still be a decade away despite near maximum capacity projections, Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said. Wyrosdick presented the student population growth and capacity data to the Navarre Area Board of Realtors July 12 during their monthly luncheon at […]

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 […]

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 […]

Teacher complaints derail plan to extend school day

Teacher complaints derail plan to extend school day

A plan to extend the school day by 30 minutes next year has been put on hold because of negative reaction from teachers, Santa Rosa school Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick says. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

‘Flip-Flops and Teaching Spots’ draws hundreds of applicants

‘Flip-Flops and Teaching Spots’ draws hundreds of applicants

Santa Rosa County’s first teacher recruitment event drew more than 480 potential candidates and garnered even more on a waiting list to fill openings in Santa Rosa schools. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Hinote steps into Santa Rosa County District 2 school board

Hinote steps into Santa Rosa County District 2 school board

Newly appointed District 2 School Board Member Buddy Hinote took the oath of office Thursday, Nov. 17, in front of a crowd of students, school personnel, family and community members. He steps into a seat that has been held by the same man since 1992, previous member Hugh Winkles. Earlier in the day, the board […]

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 […]

Cutting-edge Construction Academy now a reality at Navarre High

Cutting-edge Construction Academy now a reality at Navarre High

Jim Wendel was once asked by former principal Bill Emerson what an ideal building for a construction academy would look like if he could have one on the campus of Navarre High School. “I drew a sketch on a napkin,” said Wendel, who has taught at Navarre High School for 14 years. The sketch is […]

School district concedes to American Atheists

School district concedes to American Atheists

  On Oct. 23 signs were placed in each school of Santa Rosa County that read, “Students are invited to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country, but they are not required to do so.” Santa Rosa County Director of Middle Schools David Gunter says the signs were in […]

Schools to receive $1.2M for military-related students

Schools to receive $1.2M for military-related students

Four Northwest Florida school districts serving military-related students will receive millions more in state aid next year, thanks to a budget initiative by Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach). The special funding was included in the budget approved by Gov. Rick Scott. The “military-connected student supplement” is part of a […]

Pace rezoning divides school board

Pace rezoning divides school board

The Santa Rosa County School Board did something unusual on April 23 – it  voted against a recommendation by Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick. In a 3-2 vote, the board opposed his proposed rezoning of nine Pace area schools. It was a rare move, according to Rhonda Chavers, president of Santa Rosa Professional Educators, the district’s teachers’ […]

School district eliminates round of exams

School district eliminates round of exams

The Santa Rosa County School District will eliminate the district-developed Local End of Course Exams, according to an email from Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick. Wyrosdick said House Bill 7069, which addresses educational accountability, passed in April and provides school districts with some flexibility for implementation of Local End of Course Exams. “As you are aware, I […]