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July 2016

School Grades 2016

School grades released today by the Florida Department of Education show that the St. Johns County School District continues to be the top performing district in the state for the eighth year in a row and is one of only three “A” rated districts in Florida. St. Johns County had 22 “A” schools, six “B” schools, four “C” schools and one “D” school.

Eleven elementary schools, four middle schools, all three of the district’s K-8 academies and four high schools received a grade of “A” this year. Durbin Creek Elementary School’s grade is pending and is expected to be an “A.”

“I am very proud of the performance of our children; this has been a strategic effort by our outstanding teachers to implement the new and more rigorous standards,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “It is gratifying to see how our teachers have embraced the standards and continue to be committed to every student’s success.”

The elementary schools receiving an “A” are Cunningham Creek Elementary, W.D. Hartley Elementary, Hickory Creek Elementary, R.B. Hunt Elementary, Julington Creek Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Ocean Palms Elementary, Palencia Elementary, PVPV/Rawlings Elementary, Timberlin Creek Elementary and Wards Creek Elementary.

The middle schools with an “A” are Fruit Cove Middle, Alice B. Landrum Middle, Pacetti Bay Middle and Switzerland Point Middle. Liberty Pines, Patriot Oaks and Valley Ridge academies received an “A” as did Bartram Trail, Creekside, Allen D. Nease and Ponte Vedra high schools.

Ketterlinus Elementary, South Woods Elementary, R.J. Murray Middle, Gamble Rogers Middle, Pedro Menendez High and St. Augustine High schools received a “B” this year. John A. Crookshank Elementary, Otis A. Mason Elementary, Osceola Elementary and Sebastian Middle schools received a “C” this year. The Webster School received a “D.”

This is the first year the new, more difficult school grading system is in place under the Florida Standards Assessment which includes a change in the metrics used to calculate learning gains. Additional details and information can be found at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org.

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SJCSD Assumes Control of FCTC

As of today, the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) assumed administrative and operational control of First Coast Technical College (FCTC). The charter status of FCTC was terminated on June 15, 2016, by mutual agreement between the Governing Board of FCTC and the SJCSD.

The SJCSD will continue operation of the school as a technical center with a focus on career education.  The district intends to maintain all sustainable educational programs and further develop and/or expand offerings to meet the needs of both adult and high school students in the tri-county area.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner shared with the FCTC faculty and staff this morning that he is looking forward to bringing FCTC back as one of our district schools. “I could not be more excited for the opportunity to serve our community in the area of post-secondary education,” he stated.

Dr. Joyner announced today a new organizational structure with a leadership team from the SJCSD.  Cathy Mittelstadt, associate superintendent for student support services, will serve as the interim principal, Chris Force, director of career and technical programs will lead the instructional programs, and Patrick Snodgrass, director of purchasing, will oversee the operations and facilities departments.  This new leadership team will be working with FCTC students and staff members over the next few months.

The college will continue in its mission to provide career, technical, and adult education to meet the changing needs of students, businesses and the workforce. Summer classes are ongoing and registration for the fall semester is open. Enrollment information can be found on the FCTC website at http://fctc.edu/.  In the words of Ms. Mittelstadt, “This day launches a new tomorrow working together.”

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