Laureen Ricks

Class of 2020 Highlights – Recognizing our amazing seniors

May 26, 2020 (Updated July 6, 2020) –  One earned an associate’s degree in her junior year, and worked as a preschool teacher during her senior year. Another is a college-bound student who has earned more than $100,000 in scholarships. Still another is a student who overcame personal tragedy with the loss of both parents […]

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Tuesday marks final meeting before voting begins on new name for Saint Clair Evans

June 30, 2020 — Voting on a new name for Saint Clair Evans will begin this Wednesday, July 1. Before that happens, members of the Saint Clair Evans school community will have a final chance at a virtual meeting this afternoon to submit recommendations for a new name. The meeting will be held at 4 […]

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This photo captures the current school board members and superintendent Dr. Diana Greene

Equity, school consolidations and renaming schools among topics at School Board meeting

June 20, 2020 – A unanimous Board vote to begin the process of exploring  name changes for six schools was among the main focal points of June’s School Board meeting. The meeting also included a presentation on equity from Dr. Greene and a series of votes from the School Board on boundary changes for six […]

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July graduation schedule, guest and safety information available

May, 29 2020 (Updated June 20, 2020) – In April, Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene shared that traditional commencement ceremonies in May had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, following significant feedback from the community, the district began planning for July ceremonies. Below are the dates for the ceremonies as well as important […]

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Photo of Tia Leathers, the Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement, and her daughter Taige.

Child’s comment motivates Unconscious Bias training

June 18, 2020 –   In the communication below, Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement, Tia Leathers, shares a conversation she had with her daughter and how that helped motivate the creation of  an Unconscious Bias training for families. (This letter is currently being mailed to Duval families.) The training sessions begin July 1 and […]

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What is the process for renaming schools?

June 17, 2020 – On Tuesday, the Duval County School Board voted unanimously to start the process of considering renaming six schools with Confederate-era names. These schools are: Joseph Finegan Elementary Stonewall Jackson Elementary Jefferson Davis Middle Kirby-Smith Middle J.E.B. Stuart Middle Robert E. Lee High Does this mean the school names will now automatically […]

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Governor’s announcement informs Duval’s safe school reopening plan

June 12, 2020 –  Gov. Ron DeSantis’s June 11 announcement about getting back to school is a key factor in Duval County Public Schools’ plan for the new school year beginning on Aug. 10. “We anticipated the state would recommend reopening schools and returning to the classroom, and the governor’s announcement enables us to focus […]

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Douglas Anderson senior earns prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholar honor

May 27, 2020 – “It must be a mistake,” thought Douglas Anderson student Mallorie Sievert upon learning she was a finalist for the prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholars honor. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I figured there must have been some other Mallorie, and they called me instead of her. I still saw myself as […]

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Survey for parents on reopening of schools

Survey available to provide feedback to district on reopening of schools

May 19, 2020 – As Jacksonville, the state and nation begin to reopen, understanding how the pandemic situation changes over the next few weeks will be very important to the decisions Duval County Public Schools makes in opening schools in the fall. In determining how to reopen, the voice of the community is essential.  This […]

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Summer learning programs available to view

May 19, 2020 – Summer learning programs for 2020 are now available to view by visiting Please note several changes due to COVID-19 precautions. Summer School Programs: All summer school programs — including reading and math intervention, secondary credit acquisition, English for Speakers of Other Languages maintenance, and Extended School Year Summer Services for […]

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