The CHARACTER COUNTS! Steering Committee is calling all walkers, runners and fitness enthusiasts to participate in the CHARACTER COUNTS! 6 Pillars 6K/3K Run/Walk on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 9 a.m. The run/walk will begin and end at Palencia Elementary School located at 355 Palencia Village Drive, St. Augustine.
Walkers and runners will enjoy a course running through the neighborhoods of Kensington and Las Calinas and can choose to participate in the 6K (3.73 miles) or 3K (1.86 miles) distance. Registration fees are as follows:
6K-$25 before January 1, $30 January1-February 3, $35 on race day
3K-$20 before January 1, $25 January 1-February 3, $30 on race day
Race proceeds will support CHARACTER COUNTS! initiatives throughout the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD). The run/walk is open to all ages, and the top three winners will be awarded in each of the age categories as well as the overall male and female finishers. A cash donation will be awarded to the top three schools with the most registrants. Last year these schools were Ocean Palms Elementary and Valley Ridge and Liberty Pines academies. All race registrants will receive a tech t-shirt and lots of other goodies from area businesses and organizations. At the finish line, each race participant will receive a commemorative dog tag which is the third design in its series.
This event is produced by the CHARACTER COUNTS! Steering Committee and is presented by Beaver Toyota with support from businesses and community groups. Action News Jax CBS47/FOX30 is the official media sponsor of this run/walk.
The SJCSD, along with area businesses, youth organizations and civic groups, selected the national character education program of CHARACTER COUNTS! as a countywide initiative to instill positive character traits in young people throughout the county. Additionally, the SJCSD became the first school district in Florida to implement Pursuing Victory With Honor in all of its athletic programs. Character education is an important part of every School Improvement Plan and a major component of the Student Code of Conduct and the school district’s Strategic Plan.
The St. Johns County School Board voted to name retired Deputy Superintendent for Operations Tim Forson as the next superintendent of the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD). The five school board members voted unanimously and Forson will succeed Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner on January 4, 2017.
Board members cited Forson as the best qualified and most suited candidate to further the success achieved during Dr. Joyner’s tenure. Forson’s 36 years with the SJCSD, proven leadership skills, varied curriculum and operations experience, and familiarity with the school district and community were also touted.
School Board Chair Patrick Canan led the superintendent search process for the board. “I knew this would be the single most important decision we would make together as a board, and I appreciate the work of the Florida School Boards Association and Assistant Superintendent Martha Mickler as they assisted us through the steps,” said Canan. “This proved a difficult decision as I felt as though we were in a win-win situation in choosing between Dr. Vickie Cartwright and Mr. Forson. In the end Mr. Forson has the familiarity and trust of the community coupled with the confidence from the board which made him the perfect choice to continue the excellence under Dr. Joyner’s leadership.”
“Tim is a superior leader and an even better person,” said Dr. Joyner. “His integrity and character have made him one of my most trusted advisors. His commitment to this district gives me great pride and I am honored to have worked with him for almost 14 years.”
Forson led the SJCSD Facilities and Operations Department for 10 years until his retirement in May of this year. During that time the district implemented an energy management program that has produced a $36 million cost avoidance in utility expenses. The Operations Department also implemented an energy management system for all facilities that improved building performance and efficiency.
Prior to serving as a district administrator, Mr. Forson was the principal at Bartram Trail High School during a time of unprecedented growth. Bartram Trail was an “A” school during his tenure and he fostered the development of both accelerated academic program offerings and career academies. He also served as principal of Mill Creek Elementary School for six years where he helped to transition it from a predominantly rural school to a school serving a growing community of new families.
Mr. Forson has been a lifelong resident of St. Johns County beginning his career as a secondary social studies teacher and coach. He was recognized as St. Johns County Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 1992. He also was awarded Principal of the Year in 2005 and went on to become a state finalist for this honor.
Mr. Forson attended school locally at St. Joseph Academy and later received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and his master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University.
His wife, Janice, has been an educator in St. Johns County for more than 25 years and presently works as an instructional coach for pre-kindergarten teachers in the county. The Forsons have been married for 38 years and have four children.
The members of the St. Johns County School Board selected four finalists to be interviewed for the next Superintendent of the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD). Two of these finalists have withdrawn from consideration, Dr. Elizabeth Alves and Mr. Mark Porter. Interviews were originally scheduled for early October, but had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew. The two remaining candidates, Dr. Vickie Cartwright and Mr. Tim Forson, will be interviewed on Tuesday, November 1 at First Coast Technical College, Building C, 2980 Collins Ave., St. Augustine, 32084.
To view the interview schedule for specific times, visit the SJCSD’s homepage at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us and click on the Superintendent Search button. Candidate interviews with the School Board are open to the public.
In addition, all employees and community residents are invited to a community reception for the finalists on Tuesday, November 1 at 6 p.m. at First Coast Technical College – Building C, 2980 Collins Ave., St. Augustine, 32084. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and meet each of the finalists as well as provide input to the School Board for consideration.
Please be advised that the groundbreaking ceremonies scheduled on Monday, October 10 for K-8 School KK and the expansion at Allen D. Nease High School as well as the ceremonies scheduled on Wednesday, October 12 for Elementary School M and K-8 School LL have been postponed.
The new dates will be announced once these ceremonies are rescheduled.
Dr. Leonard Pellicer and St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Anthony Coleman were honored as the recipients of the 2016 Learning Legacy Lifetime Achievement Awards. These awards are presented annually to former St. Johns County public school students who have returned to the area and dedicated their time and talents to serving their community. A presentation was made to Coleman and Pellicer by Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner and School Board Member Bill Mignon on Friday, September 30 prior to kickoff at the football game between Pedro Menendez and Clay high schools.
Dr. Leonard Pellicer was born and raised in St. Augustine and graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1963. In high school he lettered in four sports and served as the captain of the football, basketball and track teams. After graduation, Pellicer earned his bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Florida which eventually led him to serve as a professor and chair of Educational Leadership at the University of South Carolina (USC).
During his time at USC he founded and was named the inaugural director of the South Carolina Educational Policy Center. He also served as the co-developer and director of the African- American Professors Program which was created to address the shortage of African-American professors in the college and university systems. For his efforts he was recognized by the USC Black Faculty and Staff Association with its Affirmative Action Award. Pellicer retired from the University of South Carolina in June 2000 after 22 years and was awarded the title of distinguished Professor Emeritus by the USC Board of Trustees. He then served seven years as the Dean of the College of Education and Organizational Leadership at the University of LaVerne in California.
Pellicer is the author or co-author of seven books and more than 60 monographs, book chapters and journal articles. Several books including “A Handbook for Teacher Leaders” and “Caring Enough to Lead” have become best sellers in the field of education.
He and his wife Nancy Clifton Pellicer have been married for 48 years and returned home to St. Augustine in 2007. He is committed to local service and has shown this through his volunteerism with Meals on Wheels, the Early Childhood Coalition and the St. Johns Council on Aging. He is a board member on Forward March and an executive board member on Post 37 and a frequent guest editorialist at “The St. Augustine Record.”
Deputy Anthony Coleman was born in Palatka, FL and attended Hastings High School where he graduated in 1983. He played varsity football and ran track, earning his spot as the state champion for the 100 meter in 1982. He was awarded a scholarship from Edward Waters College for track and went on to complete the St. Augustine Technical Law Enforcement Academy and was a graduate of Vincennes University.
He has served as a deputy for the St. Johns Sheriff’s Office for more than 30 years and for the last 20 years, Coleman has been a youth resource deputy as well as a coach, mentor, teacher and role model to thousands of St. Johns County children. Most of his career as a youth resource deputy has been spent at Pedro Menendez High School (PMHS) though he has also provided service at Gaines Alternative School, Murray and Gamble Rogers middle schools.
Coleman lives by the motto to protect and serve and this was shown most recently when he saved a toddler from a home fire in Hastings in 2015 and subsequently received an award for his exceptional service. He was named Officer of the Year in 1999 and received the Guy White Award, the highest award given by St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar. Coleman serves as a board member of the Hope Pavilion Boys Home in Hastings, FL. In this role he helps to guide the vision of the organization which is dedicated to helping teens and young adults who have experienced neglect, abandonment or distressed family situations. Not only does he sit on the board, but he has a direct impact by mentoring these individuals and providing them the tools and skills necessary to become productive adults. It is also not uncommon to witness him volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club in St. Augustine helping children and teens with homework and providing positive feedback.
Ingrained in the Hastings community, Coleman serves as a Sunday school teacher at the Lord’s Temple Ministry. In 1990 he assisted in starting the Police Athletic League football program after he started coaching children from Flagler Estates. He has coached children from ages 7 to 16 in football, track, t-ball, baseball and basketball.
Coleman and his wife Cheryl have been married for over 25 years. They have six children and 10 grandchildren.
Past recipients of the Learning Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award are former Superintendent of Schools Otis Mason, the late Judge Richard Watson, former PMHS Principal and School Board Member Bill Mignon, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind teacher-coach Hank White, the late Sheriff Neil Perry, former basketball coach Doris Blackshear, former Representative Doug Wiles, former PMHS football coach Dwaine Fisher, School Board Vice Chair Tommy Allen, St. Johns Technical High School and St. Johns Virtual School Principal Cynthia Williams, Assistant Superintendent Martha Mickler, CPA Brad Davis, former SAHS Principal Tyrone Ramsey, former Chamber of Commerce President Robin Burchfield, retired Barnett Bank President Bill Young, former St. Johns County Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Nancy Birchall, Allen D. Nease High School Dean of Students Kelvin “Bernie” Blue, SAHS Yellow Jackets broadcaster Barry Kass, author and board of trustees member for the St. Augustine Historical Society Beth Rogero Bowen, former Alternative Schools Teacher of the Year Rocky Merrill, retired banking executive John W. Daniels, Terrell Hogan attorney Wayne Hogan, Judge Clyde Wolfe, the late SAHS teacher Hattie Jenkins, former-Mayor Len Weeks, retired Director of Risk Management Carol Holtz, Speech-Language Pathologist Katherine Batenhorst, president of The Browning Agency of Ponte Vedra, Inc. Jim Browning, retired teacher and guidance counselor Barbara McClain, and Pastor Smiley Sturgis.
All recipients’ names are inscribed on a perpetual plaque that hangs outside the Superintendent’s Office.
UPDATE: Please be advised that the groundbreaking ceremonies scheduled on Monday, October 10 for K-8 School KK and the expansion at Allen D. Nease High School as well as the ceremonies scheduled on Wednesday, October 12 for Elementary School M and K-8 School LL have been postponed.
The new dates will be announced once these ceremonies are rescheduled.
The St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) will hold groundbreaking ceremonies on Monday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 12 for four schools located in northern St. Johns County. The public is invited to attend.
The ceremonies for K-8 School KK and the expansion at Allen D. Nease High School (NHS) will be held on Monday, October 10. Events will begin at 9 a.m. at K-8 School KK, located at 2135 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081 (best accessed from the Old Palm Valley Road and Crosswater Parkway intersection to the east of Advanced Disposal headquarters). This will be followed at 10:30 a.m. by a ceremony for NHS, located at 10550 Ray Road, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081.
The ceremonies will continue on Wednesday, October 12 for Elementary School M and K-8 School LL. Events will begin at 9 a.m. at Elementary M, located at 2675 Pacetti Road, St. Augustine, FL 32092. At 10:30 a.m. a ceremony for K-8 School LL, located at 1365 Shetland Road, St. Johns, FL 32259 (in the Aberdeen developement) will take place.
The construction of Elementary School M, K-8 School KK, K-8 School LL and the expansion at NHS are part of the school district’s Five-Year Building Plan. Elementary School M and the new classroom building at NHS are scheduled to open in August 2017. K-8 Schools KK and LL are scheduled to open in August 2018.
The architects and contractors for these facilities are as follows:
Elementary School M: SchenkelShultz Architecture; STG Contracting Group
K-8 School KK: Harvard Jolly Architecture; Charles Perry Partners Inc. (CPPI)
K-8 School LL: Harvard Jolly Architecture; AFL Construction, LLC
NHS Expansion: Pond & Company; Barton Malow Company
The ceremonies will also feature students from NHS and Bartram Trail High School academies and ROTC programs and Creekside High School academies.
The members of the St. Johns County School Board have selected four finalists to be interviewed for the next Superintendent of the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD):
Dr. Elizabeth Alves
Dr. Vickie Cartwright
Mr. Tim Forson
Mr. Mark Porter
To view the interview schedule, visit the SJCSD’s homepage at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us and click on the Superintendent Search button. Candidate interviews with the School Board are open to the public and will take place on Thursday, October 6 in the Auditorium of the SJCSD Administrative Building, 40 Orange Street, St. Augustine, 32084. Please refer to the interview schedule for specific times on October 6.
In addition, all employees and community residents are invited to a community reception for the finalists on Thursday, October 6, at 6 p.m. at First Coast Technical College – Building C, 2890 Collins Ave., St. Augustine, 32084. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and meet each of the finalists as well as provide input to the School Board for consideration.
Seventeen St. Johns County School District seniors and one home school student have qualified as National Merit Semifinalists for 2017.
These students placed among the top 1 percent of all students in the country taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test given annually to high school juniors. As 18 of 16,000 semifinalists nationwide, they are now eligible to advance to the finalist competition to vie for about 7,500 scholarships worth more than $33 million to be announced in April 2017.
The semifinalists are Erin Kirsche and Samuel Turner from Bartram Trail High School; Miranda Diaz, Jackson Mahne, Robert Schrader and Elijah Smith from Creekside High School; Ava Hampton, John Hiltonen, Malavika Nair, Suzanne Raybuck and Shelby Wallace from Allen D. Nease High School; John Fox, William Harrington, Clare Hartman, Carson Richter, Parker Shannon and Adam Snowden from Ponte Vedra High School; and Grace Remmer, home school.
All semifinalists will be recognized at the School Board meeting on Tuesday, October 11 at 6 p.m. in the School Board Administration Building auditorium at 40 Orange Street.
A Town Hall meeting is scheduled to discuss potential Attendance Zoning changes for the new Elementary School currently under construction and planned to open for the 2017-2018 School Year. Elementary School M is located at 2675 Pacetti Road, St. Augustine, FL, 32092 and is being constructed using monies from the half-cent sales tax passed in November 2015.
The meeting will take place at Pacetti Bay Middle School, located at 245 Meadowlark Lane, on Monday, September 12 at 6 p.m.
A proposed zoning plan will be released at the Town Hall meeting, along with an opportunity for the public to provide comment. School Board members and district staff will be in attendance.
At this time, the proposal impacts the current attendance zones of Mill Creek Elementary, Wards Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary School in the vicinity of International Golf Parkway and The Webster School in the area of SR 16 and CR 208.