By Wes Wolfe
The Nassau County School District has a lot on its hands — a prohibitively expensive standard of living that is a problem in attracting and keeping teachers and staff, and the resulting severe labor shortage that accompanies it. Then, there’s skyrocketing growth and the children that come with families moving into the many new houses going up every day, especially between Interstate 95 and Amelia Island.
In spite of these struggles, according to the latest numbers, Nassau County can claim status as the No. 2 school district in Florida out of 67 districts for the last school year.
Nassau was No. 1 in math, fifth grade science, exceptional student education (ESE) overall and ESE math. District students also tested collectively as No. 2 in English/language arts (ELA), eighth grade science, U.S. history and ESE ELA.
“Those are just phenomenal results that really are amazing, and I’m so proud to be a part of a school district that has this legacy of excellence,” said Misty Mathis, the district’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, at the latest School Board meeting.