PURE Radio reaches thousands of lives on a daily basis. As a community radio station, we have a responsibility to convey information, news, and updates concerning our city, its schools, public safety and more. Therefore, we are holding an Informational Meeting to gather our PURE Radio Community of listeners, broadcasters, and advertisers for an evening of receiving news and information from city of Jacksonville representatives.

When: Monday, July 30th
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Location: New Covenant Ministries, 2360 St. Johns Bluff Road S, Jacksonville, FL 32246

During this informational meeting we will:
~ Address the importance of emergency preparedness for this Hurricane Season.
~ Remind about the 2018 Elections: Primary – August 28th & General – November 6th.
~ Introduce the New School Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene.
~ Be informed about our Duval County Public Schools from the perspective of the School Board Chairman.

Emergency Preparedness:
For the past two (2) years our city has experienced hurricanes – Matthew (a category 2 which did not directly hit Jacksonville) and hurricane Irma. These natural disasters had the city at a standstill – schools, business, and local/federal government offices closed, historic flooding, homes damaged, electricity out. The city was in a state of emergency and evacuations were ordered for various locations.

First Coast News reported that the 2018 Hurricane season outlook has a possibility of another active hurricane season with the chance of 14 named storms and 7 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes (this was above average).

2018 Elections:
We want to help our PURE Radio community be prepared for the upcoming primary and general elections. The following are just a few of the offices up for election:
~Governor
~Lieutenant Governor
~Attorney General
~State Representatives (Districts 11-16)
~School Board (Districts 2, 4, 6),
~Tax Collector
~City Council District 12

And in 2019 the following are some of the offices up for election:
~Mayor
~Sherriff

DCPS New Superintendent
Dr. Diana Greene from Manatee School Board District was unanimously chosen to lead the DCPS as its superintendent. At this meeting, we will hear how she plans to take Duval County Schools to its next phase and level.

Some of her achievements at Manatee School District were the increase of the accountability grade from a C to a B in 2015 and 2017; and, an increase in its reserve fund by $8.2 million in the last three years. She convinced the Manatee voters to pass the tax referendum for higher teacher pay and is knowledgeable of important legislative issues such as school safety.

Duval County Public Schools
In Duval County, there are about 200 schools with 128,000 students with 8,300 teachers making it the 6th largest district in Florida and the 22nd largest school district in the U.S. The school board’s mission is to provide educational excellence in every school, in every classroom, for every student, every day. Their vision: Every student is inspired and prepared for success in college or a career, and life.

Some concerns are school shootings, equitable funding, classroom size, parent involvement, opioid crisis, teacher retention, bullying.