Opening Day

Welcome back!

Our teachers and staff have anxiously awaited your children’s arrival and we are excited to begin the year with each and every one of them.  In and out of the classroom, this year promises to be one filled with new and exciting learning experiences for students.   Our administrators, teachers, and staff are prepared to provide instruction that supports a positive learning environment and build on opportunities that motivate students based on the six pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS!

This school year also features the opening of Picolata Crossing Elementary and the expansion at Nease High School. The work of staff and school administration to get these facilities ready is nothing compared to the enthusiasm and delight students showed this morning upon arrival.

I am thankful and humbled to serve as your superintendent and this is just the beginning of a wonderful 2017/2018 school year for your child and your family.

The student count for the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) on opening day, August 10, was 36,253, an increase of 1,347 students or 3.85 percent over last year’s first-day number of 34,906. St. Johns County has continued to be one of the fastest growing school districts in the state.

The high school student count was 11,509 with 2,453 students at Bartram Trail High School; 2,107 at Creekside High School; 1,324 at Pedro Menendez High School; 2,248 at Allen D. Nease High School; 1,739 at Ponte Vedra High School and 1,638 at St. Augustine High School. There were also 262 students in attendance at St. Johns Technical High School.

Middle school attendance totaled 7,426, with student headcounts ranging from 634 at Sebastian Middle School to 1,429 at Pacetti Bay Middle School. The other first day figures were Alice B. Landrum Middle School with 1,255; Fruit Cove Middle School with 1,162; R. J. Murray Middle School with 758; Gamble Rogers Middle School with 873 and Switzerland Point Middle School with 1,315.

The district’s K-8 schools totaled 4,369. Liberty Pines Academy had a first-day headcount of 1,424; Patriot Oaks Academy with 1,453 and Valley Ridge Academy with 1,492.

The elementary school population totaled 12,344, which included students attending the district’s new elementary school Picolata Crossing. This count only includes approximately 25 percent of all kindergarten students since schools stagger the kindergarten start date over a four-day period. Another 207 students are enrolled at the district’s alternative, charter and Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) schools.

First Coast Technical College has 238 students enrolled in its adult education programs at the St. Augustine, Palatka, Barge Port and North campuses. This number does not include those students enrolled in night programs that start today.

Today was a great first day. The dedication, time and effort that was put into preparations this year was proven in the smiling, happy students who walked through our doors today. I could not be more pleased with our principals, teachers and staff who enthusiastically stood ready to support and instruct each and every child.

Transportation, food service, custodial and maintenance staff did a stellar job in handling challenges and celebrating success realized on the first day. The St. Johns Sheriff’s Office, Public Service Assistants and Crossing Guards were incredible in supporting our operations. Lastly, I want to say a huge thank you to our parents and families as we manage the beginning of the school year.

SJCSD staff will continue to monitor attendance numbers, balance classrooms and refine bus routes throughout the week.

Amended School Lunch/Breakfast Policy 2017-2018

The St. Johns County School District announced an amendment to its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the 2017-2018 school year. All students will be served lunch and breakfast meals at no charge at the following sites:

  • John A. Crookshank Elementary School
  • Osceola Elementary School
  • South Woods Elementary School
  • The Webster School

For additional information, please contact:

Sean Prevatt
Food and Nutrition Services
St. Johns County School District
40 Orange Street
St. Augustine, FL, 32084

(904) 547-8931

www.stjohns.k12.fl.us

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Orientation 2017 and Early Registration

The St. Johns County School District is hosting a districtwide orientation Wednesday, August 9 from 8-11 a.m. Orientation is an opportunity for students and parents to get supply lists, receive class schedules and meet teachers.

While many schools have scheduled orientations on other dates and times, staff will be available at all schools Wednesday, August 9 from 8-11 a.m. Parents are encouraged to call or visit the school website to verify any changes in orientation and open house dates.

It is also recommended that parents register their children for school as soon as possible. Parents may access information regarding registration requirements and their child’s attendance zone by visiting the school district website at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us and clicking on the “Families” tab. Additional information on registration and school attendance zones may be obtained from the Student Services Office at 547-7797.

The purpose of early registration is to help reduce the number of students who need to be enrolled at the beginning of school and to help the district prepare for the appropriate number of teachers.

The first day of class for the 2017-2018 school year is Thursday, August 10.

The district, including schools, is currently operating on summer hours 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. These summer hours are in effect until Friday, July 28.

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2017 Summer High School Facility Use

In an effort to promote community health and well-being this summer, the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) will open its high school facilities to the public on select Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. Outdoor facilities at Bartram Trail, Creekside, Pedro Menendez, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine high schools will be open the following dates and times. Facilities at Allen D. Nease High School will not be available due to ongoing construction.

  • Wednesday, June 7                  6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 14                6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 21                6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 28                6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 12                  6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 19                  6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 26                  6 – 8 p.m.

“Once again we have the opportunity to open our high school campuses to the community so that they can enjoy another recreational option during the summer,” said Superintendent Tim Forson.  “I hope that St. Johns County residents of all ages come out every Wednesday to enjoy the facilities.”

Access to the tennis courts, track and outdoor basketball courts will be encouraged. Access will not be provided to the gymnasium, stadium field, batting cages or baseball fields. The facilities will not be open to any organized practices, games or sport-sponsored, fee-based training. Pets are not permitted.

For more information, please contact the SJCSD School Services Department at (904) 547-7583 or visit the district website at http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us.

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Additional Principal Appointments

Additional principal appointments have been made by Superintendent Tim Forson. These appointments are effective pending School Board approval on June 13.

“I am extremely proud of this group of leaders and their ability to take on new challenges,” said Superintendent Mr. Tim Forson. “Their dedication to children is unparalleled and I look forward to working with them as principals of their respective schools. I am also honored to welcome Linda Edel to the St. Johns County School District family and know that she will be a great asset to this exemplary team of leaders.”

Dr. Fred Oberkehr, assistant principal at Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS), has been named the new principal of PVHS replacing Steve McCormick who was named as the new principal of Creekside High School.

Oberkehr has served in public education since 1989 and joined the St. Johns County School District as assistant principal at PVHS in 2015. He began his career as a mathematics teacher at the middle and high school levels. He served as a supervisor, elementary and middle school principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools while in New Jersey.

Oberkehr holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a master’s degree from New Jersey City University and a doctor of education from Seton Hall University.

Linda Edel has been named as the new principal of Timberlin Creek Elementary (TCE). She will replace Traci Hemingway who was named the new principal of Liberty Pines Academy (LPA).

Edel has almost 20 years in education and most recently served as the principal at Central Elementary School in Beaver Falls, Pa. Prior to this position, she was an elementary teacher in Beaver Falls and New Brighton, Pa.

Edel holds a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pa. and a master’s degree from Slippery Rock University. She also holds a K-12 principal certification from Slippery Rock University.

Marquez Jackson, assistant principal of Fruit Cove Middle School (FCMS), has been named the new principal of John A. Crookshank Elementary. He will replace Dr. Paul Goricki who will join district administration as a principal on assignment.

Jackson has more than 18 years in education and began his career as a math teacher for 10 years before becoming an assistant principal for Beaufort County Schools, NC. In 2011 he was named principal of Northeast Elementary School a PK-8, where he served two years. He joined the SJCSD in 2013 as the coordinator for School Services/Facilities Planning and went on to serve as assistant principal at PVHS and FCMS, respectively.

Jackson has a bachelor’s degree from Florida A & M University and a master’s degree from East Carolina University. He also holds an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Supervision from East Carolina University.

Dr. Joy Reichenberg, assistant principal at Osceola Elementary School (OES), has been named the new principal of Hickory Creek Elementary. She will replace Bethany Groves who was named the new principal of The Webster School recently.

Reichenberg has 20 years of experience in education. She began her career as a music teacher at Seacoast Christian Academy and the Providence School and was an elementary teacher at San Mateo Elementary, all in Jacksonville. She joined the SJCSD in 2006 and taught at TCE and LPA before becoming the assistant principal at OES.

Reichenberg holds a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University, a master’s degree from the University of West Florida and a doctoral degree from Liberty University.

Allison Olson, principal at Julington Creek Elementary (JCE), has been named the new principal of Patriot Oaks Academy (POA). She will replace Emily Harrison who joins district administration as the director of Career and Technical Education.

Olson joined the SJCSD in 2015 as the principal of JCE. Prior to this, she was the principal of Bear Canyon Elementary in Highlands Ranch, Co. and had more than 27 years in education spent in Salt Lake City, Utah; Spring Valley, Ca. Stafford, Va.; and several areas in Co. She began as a teacher and taught at both the elementary and middle school levels before serving as an assistant principal and a principal.

Olson holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

Jeanette Murphy, assistant principal of Cunningham Creek Elementary (CCE), has been named the new principal of JCE. She will replace Olson who will be the new principal of POA.

Murphy has over 20 years of educational experience. Before joining St. Johns County in 2004 as a middle school math teacher, she was an elementary school teacher and reading specialist in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. In 2008, she became the assistant principal at John A. Crookshank Elementary and went on to serve in this capacity at FCMS before joining CCES in 2015.

Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and a master’s degree from Barry University. She also has a certificate in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University.

This concludes Superintendent Forson’s principal recommendations for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Summer Food Service

The St. Johns County School District will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program for Children June 5—July 28 as outlined below. There will be a break in service on July 4 as the school district will be closed for Independence Day.

Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfast and lunch are not available. All children 18-years-old and younger are eligible for meals on a first-come, first-serve basis at no charge, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service. The programs are approved for geographical areas of need where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free and reduced-price meals during the school year.

Summer feeding sites that are located at schools provide meals to all children in the immediate vicinity in addition to those enrolled in summer school; however, meals are only served during the identified meal service times. Please note that meal service times are subject to change. For any questions and verification of meal service times, please call 1(800) 622-5985 or (904) 547-8932.

Production sites include John A. Crookshank, Osceola and South Woods elementary schools, as well as Pedro Menendez, St. Augustine and St. Johns Technical high schools. Pre-packaged meals will be transported to other sites and will be refrigerated at each site until served. Site personnel will ensure all food items remain at an acceptable temperature before serving to children.

The sites listed below will be in operation as follows:

Site Service Days Beg/End Dates Breakfast Times Lunch Times Break in Service
St. Augustine High School
3205 Varella Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 5—July 27 8:15—8:45 a.m. 10:30 a.m. —12:30 p.m. July 4
John A. Crookshank Elementary
1455 N. Whitney Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 12—July 14 7:45—8:15 a.m. 12—12:20 p.m. July 4
South Woods Elementary
4750 SR 206 West
Elkton, FL 32145
M-F June 5-July 14 7:45—8:15 a.m. 11:30 a.m. —12 p.m. July 4
Pedro Menendez High
600 SR 206 West
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Monday- Thursday June 5—July 21 NA 10:15 a.m. —12 p.m. July 4
Pedro Menendez High
600 SR 206 West
St. Augustine, FL 32086
M-F June 28—July 21 7:30—8:15 a.m. 10:15 a.m. —12:30 p.m. July 4
Osceola Elementary
1605 Osceola Elem. Rd.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F May 30—July 21 7:45—8:15 a.m. 11:30 a.m.—12 p.m. July 4
Armstrong Outreach Center
6408 Armstrong Rd.
Elkton, FL 32033
M-F June 5—July 14 NA 11:30 a.m.—12 p.m. July 4
The Players Championship Boys & Girls Club
555 W. King Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 12—July 21 8:15—8:45 a.m. 11:30 a.m. —12:30 p.m. July 4
The Evelyn Hamblen Center
1 Christopher St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 12-July 14 7:45—8:30 a.m. 11:15—11:45 a.m. July 4
ESHC Family Program
62 Chapin Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 5—July 28 N/A 12—12:30 p.m. July 4
W.E. Harris Community Center
400 East Harris Street
Hastings, FL 32145
M-F June 5—July 21 8:30—9:15 a.m. 11 a.m.—1 p.m. July 4
Solomon Calhoun Center
1400 Duval St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 5—July 21 8—9 a.m. 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m. July 4
Hastings Teen Center
6150 Main Street
Hastings, FL 32145
M-F June 5—July 21 8—8:30 a.m. 11 a.m.—12 p.m. July 4
St. Paul AME Church
85 M.L. King Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F July 10-July 21 9—9:30 a.m. 11:15—11:45 a.m. N/A
St. Johns Technical High School
2980 Collins Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-TH June 5—June 15 8—9 a.m. 11:15 a.m.—1 p.m. N/A
St. Johns Technical High School
2980 Collins Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F May 30—July 28 N/A 11:30—11:50 a.m. July 4
Woodlawn Terrace Apts.
200 S. Woodlawn Street
St Augustine, FL 32084
T-TH-F June 6—July 25 N/A 11 a.m. -1 p.m. July 4
Collier Blocker Puryear Rec.
10 N. Holmes Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 5-July 21 7:30—9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. —1:30 p.m. July 4
Ketterlinus Gym
60 Orange Street
St Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 12—July 21 7:30—9 a.m. 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m. July 4
Valley Ridge Academy
105 Greanleaf Dr.
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081
M-F June 12-June 16 7:45—8:15 p.m. 12­—12:30 p.m. N/A
Valley Ridge Academy
105 Greanleaf Dr.
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081
M-F July 10-July 14 7:45—8:15 p.m. 12—12:30 p.m. N/A

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Principal and Personnel Appointments

Additional personnel and principal appointments have taken place recently within the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD). Superintendent Tim Forson has named these appointments which are effective pending School Board approval.

“I am excited about the breadth of experience and knowledge these individuals bring to their new positions,” said Superintendent Mr. Tim Forson. “I am extremely proud of the work and care they devote to students and I know this will serve them well in their new roles. I am also pleased to have Antonio Scott join us as he will be a great addition to our team of high-quality leaders in St. Johns County.”

Bethany Mitidieri, principal at The Webster School, has been named the new principal of Wards Creek Elementary (WCE) replacing Edie Jarrell who was named as the new principal of Cunningham Creek Elementary (CCE) last week.

Mitidieri joined the SJCSD as principal of The Webster School in 2012. Prior to this she served as principal of Suwannee Intermediate School in Live Oak. Mitidieri has worked with Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs as a teacher and administrator since 1995 in school districts within New York and Florida.

Mitidieri holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY, and a master’s degree from State University College at New Paltz.

Emily Harrison, principal at Patriot Oaks Academy (POA), will join district administration as the director of Career and Technical Education. She replaces Chris Force who was appointed as principal of First Coast Technical College earlier this year.

Harrison opened Patriot Oaks Academy (POA) as principal in 2013. Previously she was the principal at Landrum Middle School and the assistant principal at Fruit Cove Middle School.  She also worked as a gifted teacher at CCE for one year and has six years of elementary school teaching experience in Florida and Georgia prior to joining the SJCSD in 2005.

Harrison has a bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s degree from the University of North Florida.

Dr. Paul Goricki, principal at John A. Crookshank Elementary (CES), will join the district administration as a principal on assignment. His new role will include working with the student support services and curriculum and instruction departments.

Goricki has more than 30 years of experience in education. He began his career as an elementary teacher in Kalamazoo, Michigan and earned his first principalship also in Kalamazoo. He served as a principal in Salisbury, Md.; Easton, Md.; Charlestown, N.H.; and Newark, Del. While in N.H., Goricki was the principal of four schools simultaneously in the Alstead Attendance Area. In 1997, he joined the SJCSD as the principal at Julington Creek Elementary and in 2005 opened Hickory Creek Elementary (HCE) as principal before joining CES as its leader in 2014.

Goricki holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. He also holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale.

Antonio Scott, principal of Cashell Elementary in Rockville, Md, has been named the new principal of W.D. Hartley Elementary. Scott will replace Joy Taylor who is retiring at the conclusion of this school year.

Scott began his career in education in 2001 as a teacher in Brooklyn, NY. He then became a dance specialist for grades K-5 also in Brooklyn. His elementary teaching career also included opportunities in Fairfax, Va and Germantown, Md. Scott then became the assistant principal at Whetstone Elementary in Gaithersburg, Md where he spent five years. He also spent two years as a principal intern before being named the principal of Cashell Elementary in 2015. Prior to teaching he spent 11 years as a principal dancer, composer, rehearsal director and the lead dancer and company teacher at Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater both in New York, NY.

Scott holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pa; a master’s degree from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, Ny and a master’s degree from Shenandoah University, Winchester, Va.

Bethany Groves, principal of HCES, has been named the new principal of The Webster School. She will replace Mitidieri who will become the principal of WCE.

Groves began her career in 1994 as an elementary teacher in Kentucky, and then continued as a teacher for eight years at Southwest Elementary in Indiana. In 2006, Groves moved to St. Johns County where she taught at Julington Creek Elementary School before serving as an administrator for seven years at CES, HCES and R.J. Murray Middle School, respectively. In 2014 she joined HCE as principal.

Groves holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, a master’s degree from Northern Kentucky University and Educational Leadership Certification from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Forson will make more appointments in the coming week.

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Naming of Elementary “M”

The St. Johns County School Board approved the name Picolata Crossing Elementary School for the school previously known as Elementary “M” at its School Board meeting held today. During community meetings held recently, Principal Jud Strickland collected input from the public and provided the suggested names to school board members during its workshop on April 25.

Picolata Crossing Elementary will open for the 2017-2018 school year and is being constructed at 2675 Pacetti Road. With 871 student stations, the school will contain approximately 110,000 square feet and 43 classrooms. Movable walls will open to create flexible-sized classroom spaces and extend learning areas for collaboration opportunities. This school will also feature state-of-the-art technology and core facilities that include a media center, cafetorium, playgrounds and physical education fields. It is two stories and being built to Green Building Standards on an 18.5-acre site.

New Principal Appointments

Randall “Jud” Strickland, principal of Cunningham Creek Elementary (CCE), has been selected by Superintendent Tim Forson to be the principal of elementary “M” currently being constructed at 2675 Pacetti Road, St. Augustine, 32092. His nomination will be presented to the School Board at its February 14 meeting.

Kirstie Gabaldon, assistant principal of Sebastian Middle School, has been selected by Superintendent Tim Forson to be the principal of Switzerland Point Middle School replacing Lisa Kunze who was recently chosen selected to be the principal of Allen D. Nease High School (NHS). Her nomination will also be presented to the School Board at its February 14 meeting.

Strickland has served as the principal of CCE since 2013. Prior to this, he served more than 20 years in the Duval County Public School System where he spent 10 years as a principal and was responsible for opening Bartram Springs Elementary School. He also held the position of executive director for elementary turnaround schools and as chief of elementary schools where he was responsible for leading and managing 53 elementary and two k-8 schools with more than 30,000 students.

“Mr. Strickland is a proven leader with a breadth of experience,” said Superintendent Forson. “His knowledge on opening a school will serve him well for Elementary “M” and I know he will easily connect with the students and community to prepare for the 2017-2018 school year.”

Strickland has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of North Florida (UNF).

With more than 17 years of experience, Gabaldon has spent her entire career serving the students in St. Johns County. She started as a teacher at NHS and then went on to be the registrar at Bartram Trail High School before joining Creekside High School as an assistant principal. She also served at Murray Middle School when it was in need of an assistant principal for an extended period. She joined Sebastian Middle School prior to the start of this school year.

“Ms. Gabaldon has been an exceptional assistant principal and I am extremely confident in her leadership abilities,” said Forson. “She brings an enthusiasm and a can-do attitude that will continue the excellence at SPMS.”

Gabaldon has a bachelor’s degree from the University of East Anglia, England and a master’s degree from UNF.

Forson will begin gathering input from staff and the community for the new principal of CCE in the coming weeks.

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Early Registration

The St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) will hold early registration for children entering kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.

Wednesday, February 15 1 – 5 p.m. Friday, March 24 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 4 1 – 5 p.m. Monday, May 15 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

To be eligible for public kindergarten in the SJCSD, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 and must reside in St. Johns County.

Parents must register children at the school where they are zoned for the 2017-2018 school year. To find your school, enter your street address on the Attendance Zone Locator at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/zoning/. Students zoned for new Elementary School “M” will need to register at Pacetti Bay Middle School, located at 245 Meadowlark Lane, St. Augustine. Contact the Student Services Department at 547-7598 for additional information on registration and zoning.

Requirements for registration:

  • Birth certificate
  • Documentation of a health examination performed on or after August 11, 2016
  • Proof of completed required immunizations on Form DH680
  • Proof of residence per the Residency and Guardianship Policy located at stjohns.k12.fl.us/student/residency/

Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) early registration will also take place at select schools on the above dates and times. Children entering the VPK program must be 4 years old on or before September 1. The St. Johns County School District VPK offers a high-quality early childhood education program with small class sizes and degreed teachers with certification in disabilities.

VPK is available at John A. Crookshank, Cunningham Creek, Durbin Creek, Ketterlinus, Otis Mason, Mill Creek, Ocean Palms, Osceola, PVPV/Rawlings, South Woods, Timberlin Creek and Wards Creek elementary schools as well as The Webster School and Valley Ridge Academy.

The SJCSD Head Start Program is currently taking applications for the 2017-2018 school year at the Head Start Office located at 102 Martin Luther King Ave. in St. Augustine.

For additional information on VPK or Head Start, please contact Early Childhood Services at 547-4897.

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Principal Announced for Allen D. Nease High School

Lisa Kunze, principal of Switzerland Point Middle School (SPMS), has been selected by Superintendent Tim Forson to be the principal of Allen D. Nease High School (NHS). Her nomination will be presented to the St. Johns County School Board at their February 14 meeting.

Kunze will replace Kyle Dresback, who was recently selected as Associate Superintendent of Student Support Services.

Employed with the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) since 2005, Kunze previously served as the assistant principal at NHS before joining Ponte Vedra High School as an assistant principal to help open the school. She began her career in education in Duval County as a science teacher at Mandarin High School. She taught for seven years before becoming the assistant principal at Stanton College Preparatory School. She was later promoted to vice principal at Sandalwood High School before joining St. Johns County.

“Mrs. Kunze is an outstanding leader as demonstrated by the success of SPMS for more than seven years,” said Forson. “Her focus on the academic success as well as the emotional and social development of her students will serve her well at NHS and complement existing programs offered there.”

Kunze holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University and a master’s degree from the University of North Florida.

“I am very excited to return to Nease and the high school environment,” said Kunze. “By joining the team this school year, I will have the unique opportunity to observe and listen to the faculty, students and parents about the culture of the school and their goals for the future.”

The transition of Kunze and Dresback will not take place until a new principal has been appointed for SPMS. Forson will begin the process of gathering input from staff and the community within the next two weeks.

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