SR 10-26-16 Volume 6, Issue 5

Superintendent Search Update

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 Two of these finalists have withdrawn from consideration, Dr.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 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.

Cabinet Update

Business and Fiscal Services

Accounting, Payroll and Accounts Payable Departments

The Superintendent’s Annual Financial Report (AFR) was approved at the September 13 regular school board meeting.  This report is a detailed, comprehensive review and analysis of the district’s financial activity, including changes in the district’s financial condition.  The report can be accessed on the St. Johns County School District’s home page under “Financial Transparency.”

Budget Department

The Final Public Hearing for the purpose of adopting the 2016-17 millage and budget took place on September 13.  Budgets have since been updated for carry-forward funds, and we are now in the review process.  The budget book as approved by the Board can be accessed on the district’s transparency webpage at

Purchasing Department

Property inventories are completed throughout the district each year.  Property delegates have been identified at each school and department, and inventories will take place this fall. This includes an inventory of the district’s newest addition – First Coast Technical College.

Bids, RFPs and formal quotes provide a resource for district schools and departments to maintain and enhance classrooms and facilities.  To obtain the best value for various goods and services, the district released over 40 competitive solicitations in 2015.  To encourage participation in the competitive solicitation process, the Purchasing Department in partnership with Facilities and Operations, hosted a “How to Participate in Competitive Solicitations” training session earlier this year. The presentation can be viewed at

On the Horizon


The Annual Aid and Support to Students in Sudden Transition (ASSIST) fundraising dinner and silent auction will be held Friday, October 28 from 6:30–9:30 p.m. at First Coast Technical College, located at 2980 Collins Ave. in St. Augustine, to celebrate the perseverance of homeless students and families in St. Johns County schools. The Master of Ceremony will be Heather Crawford, First Coast News Anchor. A $25 donation is requested. To register please visit For more information call 547.7593 or email [email protected]

Liberty Pines Academy Annual Liberty Parade

Liberty Pines Academy will be hosting its annual Liberty Parade and celebration to honor veterans and service men and women on Thursday, November 10 at 9 a.m.

Status Report

CHARACTER COUNTS! Community Breakfast

CHARACTER COUNTS! of St. Johns County held its annual Community Breakfast to honor school business partners and sponsors of the CHARACTER COUNTS! initiative on October 19 at First Coast Technical College. The following eighth-grade students were recognized for exemplifying the Six Pillars of Character.

  • Fruit Cove – Connor Ambrose
  • Alice B. Landrum – Trish Balser
  • Liberty Pines Academy – Nathan McGinnis
  • R.J. Murray – Ro’Nyia Williams
  • Pacetti Bay – Jacey Cable
  • Patriot Oaks Academy – Mackenzie Foster
  • Gamble Rogers – Jaden Nosse
  • St. Johns Technical – Ethan Duross
  • St. Johns Virtual – Nina Acosta
  • Sebastian – William Abare IV
  • Switzerland Point – Max Petlick
  • Valley Ridge Academy – Anthony Tomkunas
  • Beacon of Hope Christian School – James Dulin
  • Cathedral Parish School – Chiara Brambilla
  • Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind
    • Blind School – Veronica Harris
    • Deaf School – Ja’Myra Harris

The CHARACTER COUNTS! Community Service Award was presented to Flagler Hospital for its generous support of CHARACTER COUNTS! and their continued support of the school district. Nigel Pillay, principal of Otis A. Mason Elementary School, was presented with the Marjorie Davidson Individual Service Award for his steadfast commitment to CHARACTER COUNTS! in his school and as a leader on the steering committee.

No Hurricane Matthew Make-up Days Needed

We are fortunate in our district that our calendar is developed to significantly exceed the number of required instructional hours. For this reason the three make-up days needed for Hurricane Matthew will be absorbed by the existing time we have within the school day. There will be no holidays or teacher planning days used to make up this time.

Did You Know…?

  • The 7th annual Holly Jolly Shopping Spree will be held on Saturday, November 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gifts, holiday decorations, and other special treasures will be there for the picking. It’s also an opportunity to support local Uptown businesses who so generously support our community. From The Old Jail, you’ll catch a sightseeing trolley (Old Town Trolley Tours) for a journey designed specially for you—a whirlwind shop-a-thon that meanders from along San Marco Avenue, with lots of stops along the way. Brunch will be served by the Raintree Restaurant with a chance to win raffle prizes (sponsored by Spanish Dutch Convoy, Leather Goods & Bags) and bid on silent auction items. Ticket price is $50. The cost includes a trolley ride, brunch, swag bag (sponsored by Spanish Dutch Convoy) samples, silent auction, raffle, and special offers from our community retailers. Checks are payable to Colonial St. Augustine, memo: HJSS and can be mailed to P.O. Box 1408, St. Augustine, FL 32085 by November 15. Event is limited to 300 guests, so make your reservation early. If you have questions, please call Holly at (904) 495-5292 or Michelle at (904) 824-8053.

    A portion of the proceeds from this event will be used to award scholarships to “Ancient City Explorers (ACE)” an interactive history camp for elementary school students. ACE is a program offered by the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum.

“If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.”

~Abigail Van Buren