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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 […]

Developer donates land for conservation, base buffering

Developer donates land for conservation, base buffering

Developer Edwin Henry, owner of Henry Company Homes, is seeking to donate a total of 900 acres as a conservation easement off Highway 87. He has already handed over more than 200 acres to the county to be held in conservation into perpetuity near the intersection of Highway 87 and Clear Creek Road bordering Naval […]

Board eyes new K-8 school for Pace

Board eyes new K-8 school for Pace

Santa Rosa School District is making progress on construction of a new kindergarten through eighth grade school on Elkhart Drive in Navarre. Now it is setting its sights on alleviating growing pains in Pace through a similar facility.   Read the full article in the June 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

School bus driver left scene of accident

School bus driver left scene of accident

A school bus driver apparently left the scene before police arrived after a student trapped in the bus door was dragged along a Navarre street, based on surveillance video of the incident. The Santa Rosa School District denied a public records request for video of the incident, which occurred May 30 on Duncan Ridge Drive […]

Legislative session a mixed bag for school district

Legislative session a mixed bag for school district

The deadline for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign or veto bills in 2019 has passed, and the results have left the Santa Rosa County School District with more freedom than they previously had. HB 7070, a massive and complex education bill, received the Governor’s signature May 9.   Read the full article in the May […]

Impact fees not gaining traction with County Commission

Impact fees not gaining traction with County Commission

High schools could be pulling double duty with one set of students in the first half of the day and a second school’s worth in the afternoon said district Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick during a joint meeting of the school board and county commission May 15. He said schools could also see more situations where two […]

How Thompson looted United Way

How Thompson looted United Way

Hubris and a lack of financial oversight are at the center of how junior college dropout Guy Thompson fooled dozens of high-profile community leaders in stealing $652,000 over seven years from the United Way of Santa Rosa County. Thompson, who pleaded guilty to federal charges of embezzlement and tax evasion last week, conducted “hundreds of […]

School Board unanimously supports impact fees

School Board unanimously supports impact fees

Citizens advocating for impact fees got a boost April 25 as the Santa Rosa County School Board unanimously voted in support of charging $5,000 on all newly built single-family homes. The vote came after a study into the feasibility of the fees showed that the district could reasonably charge up to $9,474 on each new […]

School District weighs impact fees

School District weighs impact fees

Santa Rosa School District is considering implementation of a roughly $5,000 impact fee for all new single-family homes. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said they put out for a study on the subject to explore funding for continued capacity expansion as schools bump up against their capacity ceilings. Read the full article in the April 25 issue […]

Middle schoolers give Amazing Shakes

Middle schoolers give Amazing Shakes

Sims Middle School students celebrated professionalism, conversation skills and the value of a good handshake during the 2019 Amazing Shake competition. The winners were given special recognition by school administrators last week. Teacher Ashley Carter, Sims Principal Emily Donaldson, School Board Chairman Carol Boston, second runner-up Rivers Lewis, champion Haley Dunckel, first runner-up Mackenzie Kummer […]

Santa Rosa’s Future Chef wins regional contest

Santa Rosa’s Future Chef wins regional contest

After beating out hundreds of recipes at the local level, fifth-grader Kadence Wood of Santa Rosa County won the regional Sodexo Future Chef National Challenge with her healthy take on Mexican Street Salad. Wood was surprised April 11 with the announcement that she had won a Nintendo Switch game system and several games alongside School […]

Santa Rosa’s future chefs flaunt culinary skills

Santa Rosa’s future chefs flaunt culinary skills

Santa Rosa County elementary students sautéed, chopped and baked to impress the judges last month during the annual Sodexo Future Chefs National Challenge. Sodexo is the food service contractor for the school district. Marketing Coordinator Deanna Reagin said the company hosts the nationwide competition each year to get children excited about healthy cooking. Read the […]

Santa Rosa Sheriff: ‘Heroin making strong return’

Santa Rosa Sheriff: ‘Heroin making strong return’

As the guest speaker for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast Friday, Sheriff Bob Johnson gave staggering statistics of drug arrests which include opioids. “Heroin is making a strong return,” Johnson said. Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign […]

Arming teachers not in Santa Rosa County’s future

Arming teachers not in Santa Rosa County’s future

On Feb. 14, 2018, the definition of school safety, statewide and in Santa Rosa County, changed forever when Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and opened fire. Cruz used a .223 caliber AR-15 to kill 17 and wound another 17 in the attack. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

DeSantis orders revamp of Florida academic standards

DeSantis orders revamp of Florida academic standards

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order Jan. 31 to eliminate Common Core from Florida’s education system. The move has received praise from state and local education officials. Executive order 19-32, titled “Commitment to Eliminating Common Core, Ensuring High-Quality Academic Standards and Raising the Bar for Civic Literacy,” calls for the review and revision of […]

Gulf Breeze scandal deepens as council digs out

Gulf Breeze scandal deepens as council digs out

Nothing about politics seems to come easy in the City of Gulf Breeze these days. Just when the voters seemed to have elected a popular new mayor last November, the winner–David Landfair–abruptly resigned in January amid a texting scandal. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Navarre High’s Ms. B named Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Navarre High’s Ms. B named Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Men’s choir practice at Navarre High School came to an abrupt halt Thursday morning as a crowd of school administrators and media came bursting through the door led by Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick with flowers in hand. The crowd was there to inform teacher Caroline Buechner that she had been selected as Santa Rosa’s Teacher of […]

New Navarre school coming bit by bit

New Navarre school coming bit by bit

The planned K-8 school on Elkhart Drive will open by 2021 with a few missing pieces:  no completed classrooms for middle-schoolers and a cafeteria without cooking equipment. Budget constraints at the Santa Rosa County School District prompted the decision to start building a school that’s affordable in the summer of 2019 and gradually add to […]

United Way seeks relevancy during holidays

United Way seeks relevancy during holidays

The embattled United Way of Santa Rosa is open for business, though not quite as usual. But the charity isn’t open to questions about the month-old federal probe into its finances or the circumstances that prompted the seizure of documents by investigators and the firing of three paid officials at the Milton office. Read the […]

Tiger Point residents to fight golf club selloff

Tiger Point residents to fight golf club selloff

Fearing traffic jams and drainage woes, some neighbors of Tiger Point Golf Club plan to take their case against the proposed sale of two parcels on the property by its owner, the City of Gulf Breeze, to Santa Rosa County officials. “We get it, the city owes a lot of money on the golf course […]

United Way financial questions mount

United Way financial questions mount

As federal agents continue their probe into finances at United Way of Santa Rosa, records at the agency show that staff salaries there kept soaring before the volunteer board recently stepped in to put three employees on paid leave and order a special audit. While donations and grants have been on a roller coaster at […]

Kids Tag Art raises money for art class

Kids Tag Art raises money for art class

This past week, Stan Nichols had the honor of presenting the school board with a check to be split between the county elementary schools, thanks to the Kids Tag Art program. Each distribution will go to the fifth-grade art program at the 14 Santa Rosa elementary schools to be used to purchase art supplies. Read […]

Utility tweaks Tiger Point land sale for school

Utility tweaks Tiger Point land sale for school

If you buy it, you fix it. That’s essentially what the City of Gulf Breeze wants the Santa Rosa School District to do as a condition to purchase 45 acres of land on Tiger Point Golf Club property. Read the full article in the Oct. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

School flu shot company to go off-campus

School flu shot company to go off-campus

Being barred from administering flu shots at Santa Rosa schools won’t stop the Jacksonville company’s vaccination program here. Instead, Healthy Schools LLC plans to jump-start its for-profit program of flu shots for public school students at off-campus locations in cooperation with the Florida Department of Health. The Santa Rosa School Board suspended the company’s in-school […]

FBI probes United Way of Santa Rosa

FBI probes United Way of Santa Rosa

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is researching documents an agent took from the Milton office of United Way of Santa Rosa County on Thursday, and the charity put three officials on paid administrative leave. The federal probe coincides with an audit that United Way officials have hired the Pensacola accounting firm of Warren Averett to […]

New school board seeks harmony with teachers

New school board seeks harmony with teachers

With two teachers union-backed candidates winning seats on the Santa Rosa School Board, some members foresee more cooperation on the lingering pay dispute that could ease contention with District Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick. “We need to look at our priorities, which include instructional salaries,” said Wei Ueberschaer. She defeated District 5 board incumbent Scott Peden, winning […]

Darkened school may have bright future

Darkened school may have bright future

Although some Munson area residents have criticized the Santa Rosa School District’s recent sale of the vacant Munson Elementary School at an apparent bargain price, the deal may have a silver lining. The 40-acre property—which still has several buildings that have been largely unmaintained since the school closed in 2010–is apparently destined to become a […]

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 […]

School safety legislation at the forefront for 2019

School safety legislation at the forefront for 2019

Florida legislators will not meet in session again until March 5, 2019, but many lobbying groups are already getting their legislative priorities in order, including the Santa Rosa County School Board. The board approved lobbyist agency Rutledge Ecenia, PA for another term June 21 during its first official meeting at Woodlawn Beach Middle School. Read […]

New buses arrive

New buses arrive

Effective July 1, Student Transportation of America (STA) will take over as the bus service contractor for Santa Rosa County School District. As part of the $10.5 million first-year contract, STA has provided an all new fleet of school buses. Read the full article in the June 28 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]