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September 2016

Groundbreaking Ceremonies

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 development) 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.


SJCSD Superintendent Search Upcoming Events

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 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.


National Merit Semifinalists 2017

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.


Graduation 2017

The St. Johns County School District announces the schedule of 2017 graduation ceremonies for St. Johns County high schools, St. Johns Virtual School and First Coast Technical College (FCTC).

Thursday, January 26
7 p.m. First Coast Technical College Bldg. C, FCTC Campus
Wednesday, May 17
7 p.m. St. Johns Technical High School St. Augustine High School Auditorium
Thursday, May 18
4:30 p.m. St. Johns Virtual School Bldg. C, FCTC Campus
Monday, May 22
7:30 p.m. Pedro Menendez High School St. Augustine Amphitheatre (SAA)
Tuesday, May 23
4 p.m. First Coast Technical College Bldg. C, FCTC Campus
7:30 p.m. St. Augustine High School SAA
Wednesday, May 24
 3 p.m. Ponte Vedra High School University of North Florida (UNF)
 7:30 p.m. Allen D. Nease High School  UNF
Thursday, May 25
3 p.m. Bartram Trail High School UNF
7:30 p.m. Creekside High School UNF


Town Hall Meeting 9-12-16

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.

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