Nassau County School District
Media Release 12:46 p.m.
School’s out for the summer! Those were magical words for students throughout Nassau County as we wrapped up another successful year. The days were sometimes long, but the year went fast! We have much to celebrate! Listed below are highlights of the year.
We kicked off the 2017-18 school year with our inaugural Teacher Convocation at Yulee High School. We heard a powerful, positive message from Jon Gordon who encouraged us to Love, Serve, and Care.
Successfully opened Wildlight Elementary School
Hurricane Irma interrupted our instructional days as we opened and staffed shelters to ensure families were safe.
The Department of Education identified the following schools as Schools of Excellence:
- Bryceville Elementary School
- Callahan Intermediate School
- Emma Love Hardee Elementary School
- Fernandina Beach High School
- Hilliard Elementary School
- Yulee Elementary School
K-8 Reading Initiative
Successful deployment of our 1 to 1 initiative (a computer in the hands of every middle school student)
Project Search for our 18-22 year old students – a partnership with Baptist Hospital Nassau to provide skills training for future employment
FBHS Girls Basketball Team state playoffs
WNHS Girls Softball Team state playoffs
WNHS Football Team state playoffs
Tiny House Project at WNHS led by our Building Construction students
Reverse Job Fair for high school students
Hosted our first Teacher Recruitment Fair with potential candidates attending from many states
Career Shadowing for middle school students
College and Career Fair with over 350 students in attendance
Outstanding musical and drama performances by our middle and high school students
Healthy Schools Award
Strategic Planning for the first time since 1999
U S News released its 2018 rankings of high schools:
FBHS – Silver Medal
HMSH – Bronze Medal
YHS – Bronze Medal
Award-winning middle and high school bands
Launched Skyward, a new Enterprise Resource Program
Competitive Robotics Teams
Science Fair Winners
Established a Land/Growth Committee
Completed many Capital Projects that included:
- Cafeteria renovations
- Lock upgrades for every classroom door
- Camera installs
- Upgrading/securing school entrances
Our District budget for last year was $170M. The Budget process for the 2018-19 school year has begun. Our overall increase in funding is up .47 per FTE (full-time equivalent student), with additional funding in Mental Health and Safe Schools. Safe Schools is our priority for the 2018-19 school year. Senate Bill 7026 outlines several requirements for school districts:
- School Safety Officer at each school
- School District Safety Specialist
- Threat Assessment Team at every school
- Increased Mental Health services
The Nassau County School District is “A” rated and ranked #7 in the State of Florida. Performance Data for the 2017-18 school year has just started to come in. We currently have information on English/Language Arts for 3rdgrade students. Our third grade students performed well on the Florida Standards Assessment and ranked #2 in the state.
It’s exciting to reflect on all we have accomplished while anticipating what lies ahead. We will continue to improve in our quest for excellence. Nassau County is a special place with extraordinary students, families, friends, volunteers, teachers, support staff, and leaders at every level. Enjoy the summer and stay tuned for even greater success in 2018-19.