Jessica Richardson, assistant principal at Cunningham Creek Elementary School, has been selected by Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner to be the principal of Ocean Palms Elementary School. Read the entire story here.
The following is from Lyn Gabrielsen, PTO President, regarding the next Coffee Chat & PTO meeting at Ocean Palms:
We are so excited that Coastal Oaks families will be joining us in the fall and would like to help make them feel as welcomed as we can! Please help us invite parents to our Coffee Chat and PTO monthly meeting on Monday, February 10. Our principal, Betsy Wierda, invites our parents to a quarterly "Coffee Chat," an informal time for her to speak and for parents to ask questions. This meeting begins at 9:00 am and will be followed by our PTO meeting at 10:00. Both meetings are in our cafeteria. Also, PVPV/Rawlings will post this meeting time in their newsletter, so, hopefully, the word will get out!
Source: Vicky Bibler, CO Resident
A Coastal Oaks school rezoning emergency meeting will be held on Wednesday, 11/13/13 at 6:30pm in the Residents' Club. We will be discussing moving forward as a neighborhood with a petition to rezone Coastal Oaks to PVHS in response to the County's decision to exclude CO from the new Nocatee K-8 school. We need to unite immediately to begin this process. Please attend.
Note - this meeting is different from the Town Hall meeting on 11/20, as that meeting will not discuss at length, if at all, school zoning issues.
News4Jax story can be found here
Let your voice be heard. The next School Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8 starting at 6 p.m. at 40 Orange Street in St. Augustine.
Zoning proposals may be viewed here.
From David Ray
Source: Nocatee Community e-mail message
The Resident School Transition Meeting previously scheduled for Monday, September 23 has been cancelled.
The St Johns County School Board will be holding a workshop on September 24 at 8:30 AM in the Board Meeting Room, 40 Orange St., St. Augustine. The School Board will discuss zoning plans for new schools HH and II. The public is welcome to attend the meeting and to address the Board. No vote or final decision will be made at the workshop. Its purpose is to hear from the public and to allow Board members to discuss the plans prior to the October Board meeting.
Source: Coastal Oaks Resident E-mail string
As you may know, there is a re-zoning meeting tonight (6:30pm at PV High School) regarding Nocatee’s new K-8 school. Below are the links to the proposed plan:
After reviewing the information from the school board, there are lots of concerns for Coastal Oaks, some of which are not necessarily obvious from looking at the plan. Example: high school rezoning issues, curriculum concerns for gifted children, multiple moves over some children over short time frame, more rezoning moves coming in the near future, etc....
Toll Brothers representatives have looked at the plan as well and agree that Coastal Oaks did not fare well under either plan A or plan B. IF we can come together as a community and reach a consensus, Toll Brothers has agreed to throw themselves behind us and give us the resources they can provide to get our concerns heard.
To allow us the opportunity as a community to organize and communicate, the Coastal Oaks Clubhouse is reserved on the following dates / time:
Friday, September 13 Coastal Oaks Clubhouse Reserved from 5pm to 11pm
Saturday, October 5 Coastal Oaks Clubhouse Reservation Time Open
Saturday, November 9 Coastal Oaks Clubhouse Reservation Time Open
PLEASE SAVE THIS DATE AND TIME AND PLAN TO ATTEND THIS MEETING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13.
The agenda for this meeting is to discuss the pros and cons of both proposals so that we can make an informed decision as a group. If you have information to share for consideration, please bring it to this meeting! Some of you have already found mistakes in the proposals. Please point out those mistakes at the meeting. Some of you have already asked questions and gotten answers the rest of us need to hear. Some of us have community connections that may help get our voices heard by the school board. Toll Brothers will also help with that.
If we want to create and present a different proposal to the school board, our new proposal must be presented to them before the October 8th meeting. If this is what we want to do, we need to organize and we need to do it quickly. If we want to throw our weight behind one of the two proposed plans, then we need an organized approach for that as well so that we are HEARD!!! We need to be 'the squeaky wheel' for the sake of our children.
We may want to consider combining efforts with the Enclave and Tidewater communities because issues/concerns will be similar for all three of these communities. Kelly Pointe already attends Ocean Palms so they will approach these proposals from a different point-of-view.
Every family needs to have their voices heard, even if you do not currently have children in the school system. We need as many residents to come as possible so that it is a consensus that is right for all of our community and all of our children - now and in the future.
Please make sure all your neighbors know about this meeting on Friday and save the date! Thanks!
From David Ray, Community Manager, via e-mail:
Last night, the St. Johns County School Board announced two proposals for the zoning of the Nocatee K-8 students for the 2014/2015 school year. These same proposals will be made tomorrow at 6:30pm at Ponte Vedra High School.
You can see the proposals here:
In the first proposal, the Nocatee neighborhoods are split between the New Nocatee school and Ocean Palms/Landrum, while a second proposal has all Nocatee students zoned at the new Nocatee school.
We have heard many residents say they do not feel the need to participate since they are satisfied with the current zoning for their students under either of the County proposals. Please remember that the school zoning process takes place annually. Your neighborhood may be zoned for one school one year and changed the next. We encourage all residents to provide support for other Nocatee neighborhoods as you may need their support for your own neighborhood in future years.
The PARC Group has committed to donate eight school sites within Nocatee to St. Johns County and continues to work with the School Board to provide information on Nocatee and its future growth. However, the decisions relating to the construction of schools and student zoning rests with the School Board.
The most important message is to become involved and express your desires to the School Board.
To make your opinion heard, attend the meeting tomorrow evening or email the school board at
The St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) has moved the location of one of the Town Hall meetings scheduled to discuss potential attendance zoning changes for the two new K-8 schools currently under construction and slated to open for the 2014-2015 school year. K-8 School HH is located at 475 Longleaf Pine Parkway, St. Johns, FL 32259. K-8 School II is located at 105 Greenleaf Drive, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081. Other high-growth areas may also be addressed.
The location of the meeting scheduled on Thursday, September 12 has been changed from Nease High School to Ponte Vedra High School at 460 Davis Park Road. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
As previously announced there will also be meetings at Creekside High School, located at 100 Knights Lane, on Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m. and at Hickory Creek Elementary at 235 Hickory Creek Trail at 7:30 p.m.
Proposed zoning plans will be released at the Town Hall meetings, along with an opportunity for the public to provide comment. The same information will be presented at all three meetings. Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner, School Board members and district staff will be in attendance.
“Parents and other interested parties are encouraged to attend the Town Hall meetings so that they may hear the various proposals firsthand and express their opinions,” said Mr. Tim Forson, deputy superintendent for Operations.
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