Schools

Local Bus Company Offers Transportation Option for Magnet Students

Local Bus Company Offers Transportation Option for Magnet Students

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Duval County magnet school students now have another option to help them get to school.

Student Transportation of America (STA) is starting a pilot program to help those kids affected by the school board's recent decision to cut transportation for the more than 5,000 students attending these schools in an effort to balance the school system's budget.

It's not a stretch for STA, since it already provides busing services for parts of Duval County.

"After several groups of parents contacted us, we immediately started developing a program where we could provide direct service for interested parents," said Chris Ingold, Operations Manager at STA's Jacksonville, Florida location.  "It is unfortunate that the district's budget issues have forced them into this situation, but we are working to provide a service that is safe, practical, and affordable."

TODAY: Save Our Sports in Duval County Telethon

TODAY: Save Our Sports in Duval County Telethon

The Save Our Sports In Duval County Campaign is designed to raise the funds needed to re-implement the high school sports that have been cut due to budget constraints by the Duval County Public School (DCPS) system for the next school year.

On June 29, Sports Talk Radio 1010XL in partnership with DCPS, and several local sports organizations will be holding a telethon to solicit donations to save the twelve high school sports that have been cut - boys and girls junior varsity soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls golf, wrestling, and slow pitch softball. 

If you'd like to donate, please call (904) 647-5418

‘Save Jax High School Tennis’ Fundraiser Features Clinics and Pros

‘Save Jax High School Tennis’ Fundraiser Features Clinics and Pros

A full day of tennis play and exhibitions are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at the San Jose Country Club when Jacksonville-area former touring ATP pros Brian Gottfried, Todd Martin and MaliVai Washington and Amer Delic, a Wolfson High School tennis standout and current touring ATP pro, donate their time in a fundraising effort to “Save Jax High School Tennis.”

Save Our Sports in Duval County Telethon

The Save Our Sports In Duval County Campaign is designed to raise the funds needed to re-implement the high school sports that have been cut due to budget constraints by the Duval County Public School (DCPS) system for the next school year.

FCAT Scores in; 4 Failing Schools Likely to Stay on Intervene List

FCAT Scores in; 4 Failing Schools Likely to Stay on Intervene List

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval school district's four intervene schools likely will remain failing schools based on the FCAT scores released today.

North Shore K-8 received a D and the other three, Ribault, Raines and Andrew Jackson high schools, got Fs on the FCAT. Because of the grades, the schools likely will not meet the intervene exit standards set by the state. 

The schools have not received their school grades for this year yet.  For the high schools the FCAT scores count for half the school grade and other factors such as enrollment in advanced placement courses make up the remaining fifty percent.

In 2010, North Shore K-8 was an F school and the three high schools were D schools.

Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals addressed the media at 12:30 p.m. today at Duval County Public Schools' in Jacksonville. 

“Save High School Golf Open” in Response to Duval County Budget Cuts

“Save High School Golf Open” in Response to  Duval County Budget Cuts

Signs-N-Motion, a Jacksonville-based sign design and development company, is hosting a golf tournament on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Windsor Parke Golf Club in an effort to raise funds to save high school golf in Duval County.

Education budget cuts recently approved by the State of Florida will likely mean the end of several sports in Duval County schools, including golf, cross country, lacrosse, and several others, according to the chairman of the Duval County School Board. The county must raise $70,000.00 by August 1st in order to take high school golf off the chopping block.

Who's Behind Effort To Save High School Sports?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Golfing is one of the high school sports in jeopardy, but not if Mike Lynch can help it.

"We can't let this happen, this is silly," said Lynch.

A dozen varsity and middle school programs are targeted to be cut in Duval County Public Schools to save an estimated $500,000. The school board started its budget cutting mission needing to slash $91 million from the budget.  

Now, several groups headed by sports advocates like Lynch are organizing to solicit money from private donors to keep the sports.

Lynch heads the NF-PGA Northern chapter. He and Boots Farley of the North Florida Junior Golf Foundation created a non-profit group to raise the money to save high school golf.

"We have had situations in the past and we came through; we will take care of this," said Farley.