Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Decisions Still to Be Made for New High School; School Name? AP Class? Sports? Will Seniors Stay at Nease?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Decisions Still to Be Made for New High School; School Name? AP Class? Sports? Will Seniors Stay at Nease?

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Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL

One of the main questions on the minds of parents and students who will be seniors next year is whether they'll be able to stay at Nease High School to graduate, or if they'll have to move to the new Ponte Vedra Beach high school.

Residents were previously told that all seniors would have the choice to stay at Nease or move to the new school, which is being built just west of the Intracoastal Waterway next to Davis Park and is slated to open in August. But St. Johns County School Board member Bill Fehling said Wednesday the situation has changed and the School Board needs to take an official position on the issue.

He said the School Board will probably hold a workshop on the issue and one of three things will happen: The seniors will be required to stay at Nease, required to move to the new school, or choose for themselves.

"If I had to vote right now, based on the e-mails and phone calls I've gotten, I would say that most people want the seniors to stay at Nease," Fehling said.

Fehling said the concern about giving students the choice is that, while most will stay at Nease, hypothetically, 15 seniors could move to the new school, some of whom want to take an Advanced Placement course in a certain subject, but that subject might not be offered because there's not enough student interest.

Fehling addressed a group of about 100 parents, students and community members at a meeting Wednesday night at Landrum Middle School. Fehling was joined by Craig Speziale, the principal of the Ponte Vedra Beach high school.

Speziale fielded questions about choosing the name for the school, an issue that has been debated throughout the community.

He said starting Thursday, a Web site survey, www-ccc.stjohns.k12.fl.us, will be available to anyone who wants a say in the name, mascot and colors of the school.

From that survey, Speziale will select 30 people to serve on a committee that will sleuth through the survey results and present name, mascot and color options to the School Board, which will ultimately make the decision. …

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