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May 2017

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.