Q: Can you comment on the recently released results of last year’s end-of-year testing?
A: I am very pleased with the results of our district’s end-of-year testing and with how well our students performed. We were first in the state in 16 of 21 elements, up from 15 last year. We are excited about the strides our students are making and we are most grateful for the very hard work of our teachers. We look forward to even more learning taking place this year. 

Q: What is the latest on the construction of the new schools?
A: We are about to turn dirt on the new RiverTown K-8 school and get that vertical construction started. This school is scheduled to open in time for the 2025 – 2026 school year. The other two schools (Shearwater and Beacon Lakes K-8 schools) are on track for opening in time for the 2024 – 25 school year.

Q: Do you have any district updates to share?
A: Beginning this school year, we will have two regional superintendents. Superintendent Forson recognized that St. Johns County is on the cusp of being a large district and that our principals would need more support. These superintendents are well known to the Northwest: Cathy Hutchins will be the K-8 and Elementary School Superintendent and Kyle Dresback will be the High School and Special Programs Superintendent. Basically, they will be the first line for principals to voice questions and concerns and have their needs met. It’s very important to note that this comes with no additional cost to the district. Superintendent Forson has consolidated some positions to make this new organizational structure cost neutral.

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Q: Is there still time to register children for school?
A: Yes. Our kindergarten numbers are a bit lower than expected, so if you haven’t registered your kindergartener or new student, please do so as soon as possible. Registration may be done at your local school, and most of the paperwork is done online. There is an address locator on our main website (www.stjohns.k12.fl.us) that will let residents know exactly which schools their home is zoned for. Again, we encourage parents to register as soon as they can.

Q: How can our readers contact you?

A: They can email me at beverly.slough@stjohns.k12.fl.us or call me at (904) 547-7510.

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