Meet the six applicants vying to be Escambia County's new school superintendent
Six people have applied to fill the role of Escambia County School District Superintendent when Malcolm Thomas retires this November.Historically, Escambia County superintendents have been elected from within the county. In November 2018, Escambia County voters approved a local referendum to have the school board appoint future superintendents. Proponents of the change said it would allow the school district to handpick the best candidate in the nation based on their skills and experience.
Since the job was posted last month, a half dozen applicants from school systems in Georgia, Minnesota, Connecticut, Ohio and beyond have thrown their hats in the ring. None of the current applicants come from within the district. Just one of the candidates has prior experience as a school superintendent, but each applicant has at least a decade of teaching and administrative experience.
DeSantis lifts all restrictions on summer camps, youth activities effective immediately
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday lifted all restrictions on youth activities, including athletics and summer camps, effective immediately, saying it was time to let children go out and play if their parents approve.
“We believe this makes sense based on the data," he said, as he cited statistics indicating that the coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately affected senior citizens. “We trust parents to be able to make decisions in conjunction with physicians and community leaders and coaches."
Florida Tech to Offer STEM Courses This Summer for High School Students
High school sophomores, juniors and seniors can experience an array of classes from one of higher education’s leaders in science, technology, engineering and math with Florida Tech’s STEM Pathway Summer Program launching June 22.In response to the disruptions in K-12 education caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Florida Tech is offering a six-week summer program specifically designed to prepare students with diverse backgrounds for the basic math and science courses that are essential for STEM degrees. The online instruction, which extends through July 31, will allow participants to tap into the teaching experience and expertise of Florida Tech faculty and graduate student assistants for unique and fulfilling courses.
What will Jacksonville’s education system look like next school year? To be determined.
As the school year winds down, parents, students and educators are left wondering — what happens next year?The resounding answer is that it’s too soon to tell.
The State Board of Education is still sorting through specifics. Considerations include daily temperature checks, rapid and repeated coronavirus testing for students and staff, adjusted class sizes and bus rides to account for social distancing precautions and more.
With shifts in how Florida is adjusting to the coronavirus on state and local levels near daily, districts say a lot of policy is still up in the air.