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Majority of teachers hired back

Majority of teachers hired back

Every brick and mortar school in Santa Rosa County saw lower than anticipated enrollment, attributed to COVID-19. Anticipating the dropping attendance, the district laid off 83 teachers about a week before school start day. That number dropped to 28 by Labor Day as more students returned to the classroom than anticipated. And Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick indicated […]

80 teachers laid off due to lower enrollment

80 teachers laid off due to lower enrollment

More than 160 teachers in Santa Rosa County have been displaced from the traditional classroom by COVID-19. Of those brick and mortar layoffs, 80 will no longer be employed by the district at all. The rest are being reassigned for virtual and remote learning assignments, allowing students to be educated outside the traditional classroom. “My […]

Judge moving quickly on school reopening fight

Judge moving quickly on school reopening fight

As children throughout Florida return to classrooms amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a Leon County circuit judge on Thursday fast-tracked lawsuits challenging Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s mandate that districts reopen brick-and-mortar schools this month. Corcoran’s July 6 emergency order requires schools outside of South Florida to reopen five days a week in August and offer “the […]

Five Pace High teachers under investigation

Five Pace High teachers under investigation

It started with a post about race on Facebook and has escalated into a full-blown investigation into potential misconduct by teachers at Pace High School, including the teacher that posted. Santa Rosa County School Board unanimously approved June 18 placing five teachers at Pace High School on administrative leave as an investigation is conducted into […]

School superintendent asks parents to support distance learning

School superintendent asks parents to support distance learning

Public school students in Santa Rosa County are going online until  at least April 15 due to the ongoing pandemic. By next week, all teachers will have made contact with families across the district to prepare for this kind of instruction. In a letter to parents, Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick asked for their support in making […]

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced Thursday the three finalists for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to Elizabeth Mann, Oriole Beach Elementary; Tish Boozer, Santa Rosa Online; Courtney English, West Navarre Intermediate. The Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 29.  Teacher of the Year nominees will be recognized at […]

School district analyzing state test data

School district analyzing state test data

Official school grades have not been released yet, but Santa Rosa County School District staffers are already digging into the data about student scores on the Florida Standards Assessments and End of Course Examinations from last school year. Overall, the school district did fairly well, said Bill Emerson, assistant superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. […]

BREAKING: Gov. announces $422 million in teacher bonuses

BREAKING: Gov. announces $422 million in teacher bonuses

Governor Ron DeSantis announced today more than $422 million will be invested into teacher and principal compensation increases as part of reforms to the Best and Brightest Teachers program. The announcement came during a press conference at Armwood High School in Seffner, FL. “What we are trying to do is identify those teachers that are […]

Teacher of the Year finalists from south end

Teacher of the Year finalists from south end

All three of the finalist for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year hail from schools in south Santa Rosa County. The Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced Friday the teachers that made the final cut selected from the 33 school nominees throughout the district. The finalists are Caroline Buechner of Navarre High School, Charles Phan of […]

Teachers of the Year announced for 2019

Teachers of the Year announced for 2019

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announce Monday the 33 nominees for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year.  Nominees were selected by their peers at each school throughout the district. In Navarre the Teachers of the Year are: David Chaves, Holley Navarre Intermediate School Sharon Mavity, Holley Navarre Primary School Jasmine Brockhum, West Navarre Intermediate School Ruth […]

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 […]

Navarre Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year

Navarre Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year

Teachers of the Year from Navarre area schools were recognized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Featured in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year!                

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. AND THE OSCAR GOES TO … Director Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War fantasy film “The Shape of Water” wins the best picture Academy Award. 2. NO EXEMPTIONS FROM TARIFFS, TRUMP SAYS Administration officials say the president’s plan to enact stiff duties on imported steel and aluminum will be wide-ranging and won’t target any particular […]

Interaction between ESE and other students yields benefits for all

Interaction between ESE and other students yields benefits for all

Inside a classroom at lunchtime, Emily Sands is sitting next to a student at a table. They are scrolling through pictures on her phone. Across the room, students are laughing and listening to songs, trying to guess the artist. Read the full article in the Feb. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Training tomorrow’s teachers through new academy

Training tomorrow’s teachers through new academy

  There are 52 career academies in Santa Rosa County Schools. Many of them focus on technical fields and career certifications, but the newest career academy at Navarre High School has a more human goal: create new teachers. That is what motivated teacher Jennifer Watson to bring this academy to Navarre. Watson teaches the newly […]

Welcome back to school Navarre

Welcome back to school Navarre

From the tearful goodbyes of parents of Kindergarteners to the swaggering saunter of the high school seniors, Navarre students of all ages returned to the books Monday kicking of a new school year. Featured in the Aug. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Bullying not always easy for students to detect

Bullying not always easy for students to detect

Shaking off the grip of a rumor is easier said than done. Savannah West knows that as well as anyone. She recalls a time during her high school years when she battled a rumor that refused to let go of its grip. Though to a lesser degree, it still haunts her now, and she isn’t […]

STEAM celebrates successful second year

STEAM celebrates successful second year

As the second year of STEAM education in the Santa Rosa County school system comes to a close, Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick can say with confidence that the program has exceeded expectations. “We started this with goals to develop students who could facilitate, collaborate and be innovative,” Wyrosdick said. “It has far surpassed our expectations and […]

Field Day brings family fun, sportsmanship

Field Day brings family fun, sportsmanship

Holley-Navarre Primary School students took a break from the books to run, waddle, scoot, jump and play as part of Field Day. The April 4 event allowed students to burn off some energy, teacher Victoria Washington said. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as […]

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 […]

‘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.

Santa Rosa seeks new teachers through hiring event

Santa Rosa seeks new teachers through hiring event

As college and university education majors flee their campuses for spring break fun, the Santa Rosa School District hopes to snag future talent through the Teaching Spots and Flip Flops teacher hiring event March 11. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as […]

Intermediate students get cracking on coding

Intermediate students get cracking on coding

Holley Navarre Intermediate School students are learning the language of computers thanks to the school’s newly created Coding Club. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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 […]

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 […]

Holley Navarre Primary STEAM program receives $2,500 in grants

Holley Navarre Primary STEAM program receives $2,500 in grants

Four teachers at Holley Navarre Primary received a $2,500 surprise Monday, Nov. 7 in the form of two grants for a weather education program. The teachers were presented with a $2,000 check from the Voya Unsung Heroes Program. Voya is a retirement income planning company. The program hands out 100 scholarships to educators across the […]

Expanded facility prompts record reading

Expanded facility prompts record reading

The right facilities can make all the difference for a school. No one knows that better than Holley-Navarre Middle School Principal Joie Destefano. She explained that because of the school’s small cafeteria, the students’ entire day, including how long they were in each class, had to be worked around the lunches, leaving some class periods […]

Middle school invites parents into classroom

Middle school invites parents into classroom

Hundreds of moms, dads and guardians attended classes and helped with their students’ lessons Sept. 20-22 at Holley-Navarre Middle School as part of the school’s Bring Your Parent to School Days. Each grade had a different day of the week to bring their parents to class. Mike Jones, father of seventh-grader Maliah Jones, said this […]

School Board opts out of raise

School Board opts out of raise

The Santa Rosa County School Board voted not to accept a state-appointed raise of nearly $2,000 Thursday, Sept. 8. The board members would have been paid a salary of $34,248 effective immediately, but they unanimously voted to keep their pay at $32,450. Read the full article in the Sept. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

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 […]