New High School “HHH” to open fall 2021; ease overcrowding at two existing high schools

New High School “HHH” to open fall 2021; ease overcrowding at two existing high schools

The St. Johns County School District has announced that High School “HHH” will be built on a 69-acre site situated adjacent to Mill Creek Academy on International Golf Parkway with a projected opening of fall 2021. More »

Special delivery service brews smiles

Special delivery service brews smiles

Thanks to a new Bitty & Beau’s Coffee delivery service offered at Creekside High School, staff members receive a customized cup of fresh-brewed coffee … and a friendly smile to start the day. More »

Flag retirement ceremony to be held in Mandarin

Flag retirement ceremony to be held in Mandarin

U.S. flags will be honorably retired at a ceremony at the Mandarin Community Club on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. More »

Program aims to help cancer survivors reclaim health and well-being

Program aims to help cancer survivors reclaim health and well-being

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is an evidence-based program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis. More »

 

Ponte Vedra NewsLine

Q&A with St. Johns County Property Appraiser Eddie Creamer

Q: It’s the new year … what is happening at the Property Appraiser’s office?
A: Yes, it’s 2020 and property taxation is kicking off another year. We are now in the assessment process and will be until June. 

Q&A with Florida State Representative Cyndi Stevenson, District 17

Q: When did session begin and what is on the schedule at this time?
A: Session began on Jan. 14. All bills have been filed and the next thing approaching is the budget. Leadership decides the big pieces, basically the five major categories of the budget, and then it’s up to the budget chairs to get everything to fit in. Eventually, the budget will be sent to the governor, who has a line item veto. He can take items out of the budget, but not put them in. 

Q&A with St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes

Q: What is the focus of your office for the month of February?
A: Keeping in mind that the March 17 Presidential Preference Primary is a closed election, it’s important for voters to note that only registered Republicans and Democrats can vote. Of the 193,540 registered voters in St. Johns County, 45,562 of them are registered with no party affiliation or with a minor political party and, in accordance with state law, are not eligible to vote. These voters can change their party affiliation easily online or by calling our office. The deadline to change party affiliation to vote in the March 17 election is Feb. 18.

Q&A with St. Johns County Commissioner Jeremiah Blocker (District 4)

Q: As of last month, Hunter Conrad had just been hired as the county’s interim county administrator. Can you give an update on how this is going so far?
A: He has been on the job for about a month now [as of the date of this interview, Jan. 9, 2020]  and I’d say he’s doing a great job. He brings great vision, fresh thoughts and innovation to the position. I feel we have been justified in trusting him.

Q & A with St. Johns County School Board Member, District 4, Kelly Barrera

Q: What is the most timely topic in the school district?
A: It’s academy application time. On Jan. 9, we had our Program of Choice Showcase at World Golf Village. More than 3,000 students and family members attended. I’d like to give a shout out to Nease Communications Academy student Joseph Faranda, who designed the program cover for this year’s event.

The deadline for applications to all academies, including IB, ROTC, AICE and Murray Middle School of the Arts, is Feb. 3. Each school will have its own academy open house night as well; check the school district website (www.stjohns.k12.fl.us) for dates and times.