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Athletics Stoppage 'Not Unrealistic'; Duval Schools Meeting Begins

Athletics Stoppage 'Not Unrealistic'; Duval Schools Meeting Begins

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval school board met today to once again discuss budget woes following recent speculation that a lack of money would halt all school athletics next year.

Duval County Public Schools Board Chairman W.C. Gentry said over the weekend that if all the state budget cuts being proposed are made, it is a virtual certainty the upcoming school year will be without sports.

"We will be left with nothing but the core courses if we have to cut $97 million dollars from the budget," he said during a scheduled board meeting today.

Although any final decisions on budget cuts won't be made until legislators give final numbers in a few weeks, Gentry said the district is preparing for the worst.

Athletics in Duval County Schools Could be Gone Due to Budget Cuts

Athletics in Duval County Schools Could be Gone Due to Budget Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Education budget cuts proposed by Gov. Rick Scott will likely mean the end of sports of any kind in Duval County Schools, according to the chairman of the Duval County School Board.

First Coast News reported two weeks ago that athletic programs were on the table for possible budget cuts as a result of pending legislation.

W.C. Gentry told First Coast News if all the state budget cuts being proposed are made, it is a virtual certainty the upcoming school year will be without sports.

"We cannot right now, looking at the budget, we cannot get there and keep our education system intact without virtually eliminating all extracurricular activities" said Gentry. "There is no money to do anything other than what the state mandates and  what we have to do to maintain accreditation, so that is where we stand."

Students Compete in Annual Regional Robotics Tournament at UNF

Students Compete in Annual Regional Robotics Tournament at UNF

Get ready for a high-energy, high-tech educational experience as the Florida Regional Botball Tournament heads to the University of North Florida. Fourteen teams from Florida schools and as far away as Zimbabwe will be competing Saturday, March 12, on campus at the Student Union Ballroom, Building 58W, Rooms 3703A-3703D. Seeding rounds begin at 9:30 a.m. and the double-elimination tournament starts at 12:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Duval County Public Schools’ History Fair Winners Selected

More than 230 students representing 18 Duval County middle and high schools and charter schools recently participated in the 25th annual Duval County History Fair at Atlantic Coast High School. 

Douglas Anderson Women's Chorale Invited to Attend Program in Chicago

The Women’s Chorale of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts will hold a donation only concert to raise money to travel to Chicago to perform at the National American Choral Director’s Association Convention.

After a three year process, the women’s chorale is one of only two women’s high school groups in the nation to be invited to attend. They have prepared special pieces for the performance, including an original piece.

Bolles Concert Choir Performs at Kennedy Center

Bolles Concert Choir Performs at Kennedy Center

The Bolles School Concert Choir, directed by Rachel Clifton, performed in the National President’s Day Choral Festival at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  The choir members traveled to Washington on February 19, to rehearse for the concert held on February 21 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

Magnet Application Deadline is February 28

The deadline to submit a magnet application for the 2011-2012 school year is quickly approaching. The Duval County Public Schools Magnet Programs Office is accepting applications through Monday, February 28, 2011.