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Chamber Encourages Businesses to Remind Employees about the Importance of School Attendance

 Chamber Encourages Businesses to Remind Employees about the Importance of School Attendance

As the new school year approaches, the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce is encouraging businesses to remind employees about the importance of the first day of school and provide greater flexibility for employees during the first two weeks.

St. Johns County School District Free and Reduced Lunch Policy

The St. Johns County School District announced its policy today for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs and Child Care Food Program.  Interested persons may review a copy of the policy by contacting Elizabeth Binninger, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, 10 Hildreth Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084 or (904) 547-3961 or toll free 1-(866) 984-7084.

St. Johns County Education Foundation Announces Newest Integrated Marketing Specialist Intern

St. Johns County Education Foundation Announces Newest Integrated Marketing Specialist Intern

The St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF) welcomed Katy Chubin as the new Integrated Marketing Specialist Intern this past week. Chubin will assist with the promotion, publicity and planning of programs and events for the SJCEF.

Tools 4 Schools School Supply Drive Kicks Off

 Tools 4 Schools School Supply Drive Kicks Off

St. Augustine, Fla.—The St. Johns County Education Foundation (SCJEF) will begin its two and a half week long school supply donation drive today, August 1, as a part of its annual Tools 4 Schools program. The drive will run until the 17th of August with public and internal donation sites located at select businesses in the area.

St. Johns County School District Encourages Early Kindergarten & New Student Registration

The St. Johns County School District is encouraging parents to register kindergarten students and new students to the county and/or the public school system before school begins on August 22.

Elementary and middle schools are currently operating out of their area high school but can be contacted at their regular phone number. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Schools will return to their campuses on Monday, August 1.

Teacher Merit Pay Fails in NYC Before Florida Schools Start Program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local education advocates are calling on Governor Rick Scott to look to New York City after their teacher merit pay program was abandoned Monday.

"I applaud New York for doing what's fiscally responsible and realizing that political ideology shouldn't set the tone for what we put into practice," said Colleen Wood, Save Duval Schools Executive Director.

The program in New York City rewarded the entire school based on performance.

Here in Florida individual teachers would be rewarded.

Wood has rallied against teacher merit pay since it was first introduced in Florida, and she thinks the state should follow in New York's footsteps.

Nease High School Student Places Second in National Teen Safe Driving Contest

Allen D. Nease High School student Brianna MacNaught was selected from nearly 300 high school journalists as a winner in the national Keep the Drive High School Journalism Awards to curb distracted driving, earning a prize of $1,000. The Keep the Drive High School Journalism Awards, sponsored by The Allstate Foundation, encourages high school journalists to educate their peers about the dangers of texting while driving, to raise awareness about youth traffic safety and empower teens to take on the issues locally.