Save Duval Schools Works to Raise Public Awareness About Impacts of Planned Education Budget Cuts

During the next few days, Jacksonville citizens will learn that draconian state education funding cuts -- once considered only a threat or bargaining position -- are now real.  Duval schools are facing more than $90 million of funding reductions in next year’s budget, this after five consecutive years of funding cuts.

Student's Mother Called Police, Prompting School Search

Student's Mother Called Police, Prompting School Search

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the first time, police have explained what led to today's lockdown of two Westside schools and two bomb squad investigations.

According to Officer Melissa Bujeda, spokesperson for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, a thorough investigation at Lake Shore Middle School revealed nothing suspicious.

"I was in school and all of a sudden, they got on the loud speaker and said nobody goes in and nobody goes out," said Lake Shore Middle student Gianni Jean-Lewis.

Lewis' mother, Ramano Froyze was one of several parents to go to the school to remove kids early.

"Especially with everything going on these days, I had to get him," said Froyze.

Bujeda said this morning's lockdown of both Lake Shore and nearby Bayview Elementary was initiated when a student's mother noticed something -- which was not disclosed -- at their home on Lannie Road and notified police. The home is about 30 miles away; police arrived around 10:45 a.m.

Duval School Board Holds Final Public Meeting on Proposed Budget Cuts

Duval School Board Holds Final Public Meeting on Proposed Budget Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County Board of Education held its final meeting to allow the public to voice its opinion about proposed budget cuts.

Monday night's meeting, held at Ed White High School, drew another large crowd.

Audience members had the opportunity to weigh in on the potential solutions to close the county's budget hole of more than $75 million: a four-day school week, furloughing teachers, or cutting sports, art and/or music from schools.

Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals said he doesn't have an exact time table for a vote on the matter.
He wants to tally all of the public comments and suggestions, first, but Pratt-Dannals did say it would be soon.

Two Duval County Public Schools Students Receive National Achievement Scholarships

Two Duval County Public Schools' seniors were among the names of 800 outstanding Black American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship® awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

“These students have shown immense dedication and focus to their education and are inspirations to their peers,” said Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, Ed Pratt-Dannals. “This award signifies the commitment they have made to their school work, and I encourage both of them to continue striving to succeed in post-secondary education.”

JU Masters in Marine Science to Start in Fall of 2011

Jacksonville University is proud to announce our new Master of Science in Marine Science and Master of Arts in Marine Science (MS/MA) degree programs that are opening this fall. Each program is designed to provide its graduates with the specific knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a variety of marine-related positions in industry, government and education, as well as, for entry into doctoral marine science programs.

Duval County School Board Recognitions

During the presentation portion of the monthly meeting of the Duval County School Board, Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals and Board members recognized teachers, volunteers, a community partner and business partners for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to Duval County Public Schools:

Jacksonville City Rowing Championships

This Saturday, April 9, the annual youth rowing Jacksonville City Championship Regatta will be held on the Ortega River.  St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is the host site, great viewing of the races can be had from the Timuquana Bridge (Timuquana Rd/103rd St. just west of US 17.)  

After winning last week’s North Florida South Georgia Championship Regatta (vs teams from Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Savannah and Gainesville,) Stanton Riverbank Rowing defends its Jacksonville title against teams from Bolles, Episcopal, Jacksonville Rowing Club and St. Johns Country Day.  Race times begin about 8am and will wrap up mid-afternoon.