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.

Summer Food Service Program for Clay County Schools

The Clay County District Schools will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program during the months of June and July.  We are required by USDA to arrange a media release to the public informing them of this information.  Therefore, we would like to request a release time of June 1st  by announcing this information.  During these economic times, it will be welcome news to many families in our county.

Teachers React to Merit Pay Law with Frustration

Teachers React to Merit Pay Law with Frustration

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Two days a week, kindergarten teacher Liz Crane is in the classroom, and the rest of the week she's in the Clay County Education Association office as president of the teachers union.

"I'm concerned with this bill, you will have high turnover," said Crane.

Crane, reacting to the passage of Florida Senate Bill 736 which was passed Wednesday, said that while Clay does not have a merit pay plan, all teachers now must pass a performance evaluation process.

"Are we assessing them? Are we doing all those things? Yes, we are. Do we have something in place to say the child gains so many points on the FCAT or the FAIR test, you're going to get an increase? No," she said.

CCEA Awake the State Rally

The Clay County Education Association (CCEA) is hosting an Awake the  State Rally. The rally is being held in conjunction with other rallies across the state and these  rallies are being held to protest the massive budget cuts to the Florida budget. We will be joining  our teachers at the corner of Blanding and Kingsley to rally our protest over the Florida Budget cuts.

We will be at the corner of Blanding Blvd and Kingsley Avenue on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 from  4 pm-6 pm protesting these budget cuts and encouraging our community members to contact  their legislators and say NO MORE CUTS!

Update: VIDEO | Clay County Board Denies Teacher Pay Raises

Update: VIDEO | Clay County Board Denies Teacher Pay Raises

FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. -- Clay County board members has voted down a contract that would have given its teachers a $500 pay raise to teachers with more than 27 years experience.

Members voted 4 to1 against ratifying the contract that 92 percent of its teachers voted for.

Many believed the raises were a done deal, since the teachers had already reached a tentative agreement with the board.

Seventh-grade teacher Helenda Feuerborn was in tears after the vote. "I just don't know how they say no to people who come in and do this every day from their heart", she said.

But the People's Tea Party stepped in and said the $1.7 million was too expensive for the county to do that.



More Florida Public School Students Succeeding in Advanced Placement Program

The 7th Annual AP® Report to the Nation, released today by the College Board, reports that 22.3 percent of Florida’s public high school class of 2010 completed high school having succeeded on Advanced Placement Program® (AP) Exams — up from 13.5 percent in 2001, and exceeding the national average of 16.9 percent. Additionally, more Florida students from the class of 2010 (33,712) scored 3 or higher on an AP Exam — the score typically needed to qualify for advanced placement in colleges and universities — than even participated in AP nearly a decade ago (24,536).

Clay Wrestling Team Wins District Title

Clay Wrestling Team Wins District Title

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Clay High School has one of the best wrestling programs in the area, and on Saturday, the Blue Devils captured another district championship.

In a meet held at Bishop Snyder High School, Clay dominated the competition.  The team was led by defending state runner-up Casey Soileau who won the 160 pound weight class championship match over Branden Wade of Nease High School.  Soileau now has a (32-1) record this season.

In the final match of the afternoon Clay's Ozell McNabb won the heavyweight championship despite being outweighed by his opponent.  McNabb tips the scales around 210 pounds while his opponent, Max Tejada from The Bolles School weighs 270 pounds.  With the win, McNabb improves his record to (26-7) this season.