Top Ten: schools

Published: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 02:35 PM.

On the sports front, the year saw the departure of football coach Josh Wright, whoi left for a job in Panama City.

 “It’s a new look,” said coach Aaron York, 31, who replaced Wright. “We’re installing discipline first and character. That’s our foundation. We tell them ‘If you don’t have these, you can’t win.’”

Offensive coordinator is newcomer Scott Collins, who taught 11 years at Wakulla High School and teaches middle school social studies. He became the school’s baseball coach as well as coach of a newly created girls golf team.

Working with the special teams and wide receivers is middle and high school ESE teacher Gerald Tate, a 2009 Troy University grad who played wide receiver for the Trojans. Also new to the coaching staff is middle school phys ed teacher Jonathan Creamer, a 1999 Apalachicola High School grad who received his master’s degree from the University of South Florida.

The year saw a minor scandal in the schools when a Franklin County parent questioned the conduct of high school teachers who administer the 10th grade state writing test.

The district invalidated five tests, and issued a statement March 6 that said “a breach of security was reported. The invalidation is the result of documented, unauthorized help or suggestions made during the test by the administrator of the test.”

School finances were again an issue, as the district sought to cut a million dollars in order to obtain balance. School employees rallied to protect their jobs, and there was heated discussion over ways to cut expenses.

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