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Denise Amos

Florida Times-Union

Jacksonville, FL, United States

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Past articles by Denise:

School Board approves district leadership appointments

Duval's School Board on Monday unanimously approved several shifts in top district leadership, including naming a new deputy superintendent to help lead → Read More

About 900 "polar plungers" brave the cool Atlantic Ocean

What better way is there to face the New Year than a bracing plunge into cold water?That's what about 900 people figured just before they jumped into the → Read More

Top stories: Duval school board hires new superintendent

NO. 7 | When Duval County’s School Board unanimously hired Diana Greene to lead the 130,000-student school district last May, they predicted a new era of collaboration, higher academic achievement and broader community support for schools. Among Greene’s selling points was the fact that, as Manatee County superintendent, she helped convince voters twice to raise taxes and financially support… → Read More

Groups sue to block safety officers in Duval schools

A group of parents and lawyers from two nonprofits are suing Duval County Public Schools to stop the district from arming the new “school safety assistants,” claiming that effort will endanger students rather than make them safer.Duval Schools created the armed safety assistant program last summer because the district can’t afford to hire enough school police officers to put one at every school,… → Read More

15 make the Duval Teacher of the Year cut

Fifteen Duval County teachers were named semifinalists for the 2019 Teacher of the Year competition Thursday.Florida Blue is a main sponsor of the annual → Read More

Early Duval school race numbers indicate money doesn't guarantee success

Early voting totals suggest that the highest spending Duval County school board candidates weren't necessarily the front-runners early Tuesday night.Two → Read More

Outspent female Duval school board candidates take 2 of 3 races

The highest spending Duval County School Board candidates weren't necessarily the front-runners Tuesday night.Two of the three men running for open school → Read More

What do Duval voters want in school races: Teacher experience or business acumen?

Whoever wins one of three open seats on Duval County’s School Board likely will tackle two of the district’s top goals — to earn an A on state report cards and to halt deficit spending despite ever tightening budgets.In the final days of campaigning, each of the six candidates have emphasized their backgrounds in business, management or education, believing that voters want leaders who will… → Read More

Metal detectors coming soon to all Duval County high schools

All Duval County high schools will have walk-through metal detectors and hand “wands” for checking students for weapons in the coming months, → Read More

Duval school superintendent wants to hire Manatee's interim chief

Former Manatee superintendent Diana Greene told reporters on Wednesday that the current Manatee superintendent would be a nice addition to her team in Duval. → Read More

Clay joins Nassau, St. Johns as 'A' school districts; Duval, Baker maintain 'B' marks

Duval and Baker County school districts each maintained an overall B grade from the state in a just released report, but Clay County schools jumped from a → Read More

Diana Greene likely will see 30 percent raise in move to Duval

The outgoing superintendent of Manatee County Schools begins new job July 1 → Read More

Duval school board picks Greene as new superintendent

Approval comes on unanimously vote Denise Amos @damosreporter Duval's school board Friday picked Manatee's superintendent Diana Greene to lead Duval schools, the state's seventh largest school district, during a special meeting of the board Friday afternoon. The selection was not a surprise to many observers because she had previously gotten unanimous district support in two rounds of selecting… → Read More

Diana Greene touts Florida experience for Duval superintendent position

JACKSONVILLE -- Manatee County School District Superintendent Diana Greene pulled out her ace card at the end of her interview with the Duval County School Board on Thursday, noting that she is the only finalist for the superintendent's job who leads a school district in Florida.She knows the many complicated ways that district boards and leaders must maneuver within state laws and rules to… → Read More

Duval School Board selects three finalists for superintendent

The Duval School Board named three semifinalists it will interview this week for the superintendent's job.The board unanimously selected Diana Greene, → Read More

Duval Schools candidates face questions from focus group

Most of the five semifinalists vying for the superintendent's job over Duval County Schools told a focus group and audience Saturday that they have experience leading districts through rough waters, including financial and weather disasters. Each said that if hired to lead Duval County Public Schools they would not be autocrats or dictators; they would be collaborative leaders of the… → Read More

Scott Shine lost interest in school board bid without Vitti

"I originally filed to run for re-election over a year ago. That was prior to Dr. Nikolai Vitti leaving the district. Dr. Vitti and I worked well together and we became good friends — we remain so, today. Among the reasons I ran for School Board was to work with Vitti and his team." → Read More

Duval Teacher of Year stayed with same class three years

By staying with the same group of children at Garden City Elementary, Duval Teacher of the Year winner Stephanie Bellino was able to build up her record → Read More

Duval County school district reassigns nearly 40 teachers just before start of year

Several dozen Duval teachers learned Friday they won’t be going back to their assigned schools Monday. → Read More

Teachers creativity runs free in depot full of classroom materials

Teachers don’t think the way most people do. When they see Styrofoam packing materials, teachers will string the little shapes together to make objects for youngsters to learn to count. → Read More