Schools

The Duval County School Board will hold a Board Workshop on Nov. 23rd

The Duval County School Board will hold a Board Workshop on November 23, 2010, at 10:00 a.m.  The meeting will be held in Room 613 at the administration building at 1701 Prudential Dr., Jacksonville, Florida.

New Interview Recordings, Photos Released from Makia Coney Murder Investigation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- New information surrounding the murder of University Christian student Makia Coney has been released by the state attorney's office.

Charles Southern and Connor Pridgen were sentenced to life in prison for shooting Coney to death in a park in February. The two pleaded to second-degree murder in July.

Pictures and audio recordings from taped interviews now tell the story in Southern and Pridgen's own words. They include audio recordings of Southern and Pridgen's first interviews with authorities.

Southern and Pridgen admitted to killing their classmate but the relationship between the trio has remained vague, until now.

During questioning, Southern described his relationship with Coney.

"Did Makia mean anything to you?" the investigator asked.

All American Games Present the got milk? U.S. Army All-American Cheer Teams Competition

Get your routines ready because here's something to cheer about! "got milk?" and the All American Games have teamed up for the 2010 got milk? U.S. Army All-American Cheer Teams Competition - a chance for two cheer squads from across America to show what you've got on the sidelines of the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 8, 2011.

To enter the competition, just upload a video of your best routine on HighSchoolSports.net beginning November 1. Cheer squads and fans can also view all the entries and vote for your favorite routine! Voting ends on December 8, so go, fight, WIN!

The two winning squads will be announced after December 17, 2010.

Duval County Public Schools Holiday Closures

In observance of the upcoming holidays, all Duval County public schools will be closed Wednesday, November 24 through Friday, November 26. Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) Administration offices will be closed Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26.

Minding Your Manners

The UNF Alumni Association will be holding an event for all graduating seniors and upperclassmen called  "In Good Taste," a professional etiquette dinner, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the University Center, Board of Trustees Room, Room 1058.

This is a fun-filled evening that guarantees to provide the confidence students need to step out into the workforce and make that first impression. The event includes a free three-course meal and reference guide titled, "Minding Your Manners."

UNF to Host Camp Composition: Florida Writes!

The University of North Florida’s College of Education and Human Services will host Camp Composition: Florida Writes!, a writing camp to aid fourth through eighth graders to become better FCAT and lifelong writers, from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning Saturday, Jan. 22, and running through Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in the College of Education and Human Services, Building 57, Room 1100A on the UNF campus.

DCF Investigates 'Very Serious Allegations' Against First Coast Coach

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Department of Children and Families is investigating a local high school football coach who has led a parent to remove her children from an area private school.

Terri Augspurger pulled her two children out of Providence Private School, because she said Paul Peterson, the school's varsity football coach and P.E. teacher, spoke inappropriately to a group of fifth-grade boys.

The school confirms Peterson was asked to give 33 boys, including Augspurger's son, a pep talk to address behavior issues.

But Augspurger said from what her son and his friends told her, the coach went too far.  

"If he heard of them ever being disrespectful, they would have to stay after school with him and it would be the longest and the worst 28 minutes of their life," she said. "It would be the worst physical punishment they could ever imagine."