Megan Mallicoat
Megan Mallicoat is a Jacksonville Today reporter focusing on education. Her professional experience includes teaching at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, as well as editing, communications management, web design, and graphic design. She has a doctorate in mass communication with an emphasis in social psychology from UF. In her "free time," you'll most likely find her on the sidelines of some kind of kids’ sports practice, holding a book.
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Jeffrey Clayton, a former vocal teacher at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, is handcuffed after a judge sentenced him to 10 years in prison on Friday, June 14, 2024. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
June 14, 2024

Former Douglas Anderson teacher sentenced to 10 years

Jeffery Clayton, a former vocal teacher, was convicted of lewd behavior with a student.…

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Christopher Bernier will take over as Duval Schools superintendent on July 1. | Megan Mallicoat, Jacksonville Today
June 12, 2024

Bernier hired as Duval superintendent at $320,000 per year

The School Board voted 6-1 to hire Christopher Bernier as superintendent. Board member Warren Jones voted no because he thought…

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Incoming Superintendent Chris Bernier appears at a community meeting at Stanton Prep on June 12. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
June 12, 2024

Duval School Board chair: ‘We’ve done our due diligence’ on Bernier amid accusations

Bernier is the subject of a whistleblower complaint accusing him of “bullying” of a subordinate — with similar behavior mentioned…

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The Duval Schools administration building on Thursday, May 23, 2024. | Megan Mallicoat, Jacksonville Today
June 6, 2024

COMPARE | Contract for incoming Duval Superintendent Bernier vs. former Supe Greene

Duval’s counter offer to Chris Bernier is similar to former Superintendent Diana Greene’s most recent agreement.…

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Texts from Bernier on the day his separation agreement was to be approved say he wanted to "protect what's left." | Screenshot of texts from Lee Schools
June 3, 2024

Before Duval superintendent pick’s sudden resignation, a whistleblower complaint 

Before he resigned as Lee superintendent, Chris Bernier was the subject of a whistleblower complaint that alleged “bullying” and “racial…

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Interim Superintendent Dana Kriznar talks to reporters before the start of the school year. | Claire Heddles, Jacksonville Today
May 23, 2024

Duval Schools responds to criticism from state education commissioner

Interim Superintendent Dana Kriznar said the district has made several changes to keep students safe, and more are on the…

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Christopher Bernier, Duval County's new schools superintendent, speaks during a forum May 13, 2024, at EverBank Stadium. The balloons form the school district's logo. | Megan Mallicoat, Jacksonville Today
May 23, 2024

Christopher Bernier chosen as Duval Schools superintendent

The School Board said Bernier was the best choice to navigate Florida’s complex and sometimes politically charged education system.…

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Christopher Bernier (far right) speaks with attendees of a meet-and-greet at EverBank Stadium in mid-May. | Megan Mallicoat, Jacksonville Today
May 21, 2024

Duval superintendent candidate shocked previous district with resignation

Questions remain about Christopher Bernier’s sudden departure from Lee County as he vies to be Duval superintendent.…

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May 13, 2024

Superintendent hopefuls answer questions from School Board, parents 

A public meet-and-greet capped off a day when superintendent hopefuls talked with the School Board and community stakeholders.…

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May 8, 2024

Wanted: Bus drivers for Duval Schools

Duval Schools needs about 50 new bus drivers and some mechanics this fall.…

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A crowd gathers before the School Board meeting on Tuesday, many to protest the potential closure of some schools. | Megan Mallicoat, Jacksonville Today
May 7, 2024

2 Duval superintendent candidates advance as finalists 

The Duval County School Board selected two candidates Tuesday as the finalists in its search for a new superintendent.…