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:

Duval County Public Schools Announces the 2011 Florida Blue Teacher of the Year

Youmone Berrien, activities director and AP honors coordinator at First Coast High School, has been selected as the 2011 Florida Blue Teacher of the Year.

The announcement was made by Action News morning anchor Tera Barz at the annual EDDY Awards celebration. The event, held this evening at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, was hosted by the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking Rally Today in Jacksonville

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking  Rally Today in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Students from all of Duval county's public high schools are participating in the Stop Teenage Underage Drinking (S.T.U.D.) Rally.

The event addresses issues relating to underage drinking and lifestyle choices that teens face on a daily basis.

The S.T.U.D. Rally begins at 7 A.M. at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium.

Athletics Stoppage 'Not Unrealistic'; Duval Schools Meeting Begins

Athletics Stoppage 'Not Unrealistic'; Duval Schools Meeting Begins

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval school board met today to once again discuss budget woes following recent speculation that a lack of money would halt all school athletics next year.

Duval County Public Schools Board Chairman W.C. Gentry said over the weekend that if all the state budget cuts being proposed are made, it is a virtual certainty the upcoming school year will be without sports.

"We will be left with nothing but the core courses if we have to cut $97 million dollars from the budget," he said during a scheduled board meeting today.

Although any final decisions on budget cuts won't be made until legislators give final numbers in a few weeks, Gentry said the district is preparing for the worst.