Clay County "Pleased" with School Grades

“I am extremely pleased with the 2011 School Grades.  Once again, our students, employees, parents and community proved they were up to the task,” says Superintendent Ben Wortham.

Clay County Teachers Ratify the 2010-2011 Contract

Clay County Teachers Ratify the 2010-2011 Contract

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Teachers in Clay County have voted to ratify the 2010-2011 CCEA/CCSB Contract. Clay County teachers have worked without a contract since August.

Teachers voted Monday night, out of 1237 votes cast, 1172 in favor and 65 against.

In the new contract, teachers will receive their full year of experience on the salary schedule without retroactive pay. They will also receive full coverage of the single basic HMO health insurance beginning in 2011.

Clay County Named a “High Performing District”

The School District of Clay County is very proud to be named a “2011-2012 Academically High Performing School District” by the State Board of Education.  Only 12 other districts in the state received this designation.

Duval School Board Holds Final Public Meeting on Proposed Budget Cuts

Duval School Board Holds Final Public Meeting on Proposed Budget Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County Board of Education held its final meeting to allow the public to voice its opinion about proposed budget cuts.

Monday night's meeting, held at Ed White High School, drew another large crowd.

Audience members had the opportunity to weigh in on the potential solutions to close the county's budget hole of more than $75 million: a four-day school week, furloughing teachers, or cutting sports, art and/or music from schools.

Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals said he doesn't have an exact time table for a vote on the matter.
He wants to tally all of the public comments and suggestions, first, but Pratt-Dannals did say it would be soon.

Barr, Samuels Shine at High School Track Meet

Barr, Samuels Shine at High School Track Meet

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Orange Park High School's Karl Barr and Pedro Menendez High School's Gabby Samuels were two of the standout performers at the St. Johns River Athletic Conference track meet on Wednesday at Nease High School.

Barr won the boys' long jump with distance of 23 feet, 6 inches.  A few weeks ago, he won this event at the Bob Hayes Invitation with a personal best of 24 feet, 8 inches.  Prior to that meet, he had only been practicing the long jump for about a week.

Samuels won the girls' shot put with a distance of over 38 feet.  Her personal best is over 41 feet.  Now a senior, she has qualified for the state meet in each year of her high school career.  As a sophomore, Gabby came within a half inch of winning a state championship.  It should be noted that she is an excellent student as well.  Her weighted grade point average is 4.46.

JU Masters in Marine Science to Start in Fall of 2011

Jacksonville University is proud to announce our new Master of Science in Marine Science and Master of Arts in Marine Science (MS/MA) degree programs that are opening this fall. Each program is designed to provide its graduates with the specific knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a variety of marine-related positions in industry, government and education, as well as, for entry into doctoral marine science programs.

Somer Thompson Day in Clay County

Somer Thompson Day in Clay County

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The community paused to remember Somer Thompson, who would have turned 9 today.

Somer was abducted and later found murdered in October 2009. She was walking home from Grove Park Elementary at the time of the abduction.  Her disappearance resulted in a community-wide search until she was found dead in a Georgia landfill.

The Clay County Commission recently decided to make Somer's birthday special by making it "Somer Thompson Day."

Schools in Clay County observed a moment of silence in her honor.

Somer's mother, Diena, was touched by the moment given to her daughter.

"It means a lot to have the support of the school and for everybody to take just a few seconds out of their lives to remember the little girl who was just so special and did not deserve to go so soon," said Thompson outside Grove Park Elementary, where Somer attended.