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Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club Lives: School Board Grants Reprieve, 5-0

| February 2, 2016

The school board’s unanimous decision ends a remarkable turnaround for the club, which just last September faced permanent closure, though its deficits have still not been entirely erased.

“We Live Without My Son”: A Mother’s Story of Her Teen’s Suicide Frames Town Hall Meeting

| February 2, 2016

Barbara Coxwell, who lost her 15-year-old son to suicide in 2013, and School Board Chairman Colleen Conklin, led the virtual town hall as a first step in a countywide effort to broaden attention to suicide-prevention across all age groups.

Conklin Will Lead Suicide Awareness Town Hall Sunday: #FlaglersuicideASK4HELP

| January 29, 2016

In the wake of two recent and related suicides in Palm Coast, the town hall will feature Barbara Coxwell, whose son took his life in 2013. The Legislature is considering bills related to increased suicide awareness.

Daytona State College Again Earns Prestigious Military Friendly School Designation

| January 28, 2016

Daytona State College has again been designated a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.

Senate Looks to Boost Education Funding Beyond Scott Request, But Tax Burden Looms

| January 27, 2016

The Senate is proposing spending $7,249 a student, against Scott’s $7,220, but the increase relies on rising local property taxes, which are part of the state funding formula.

Unfounded Threat Briefly Lifts Flagler Schools’ Status to Yellow, Increasing Cop Presence

| January 26, 2016

An unfounded threat reported third-hand to Flagler school officials this morning and mirroring a threat in Florida’s Panhandle prompted the district to raise its security status to yellow before reverting back to normal.

Herculean Effort More Than Doubles Memberships at Belle Terre Swim Club, Dimming Talk of Closure

| January 25, 2016

The Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club’s supporters have managed to increase memberships to more than 300 and close an $80,000 budget gap ahead of a Feb. 2 deadline when the school board will decide the club’s fate.

Two Young Women’s Suicides, In Close Proximity, Stun and Mobilize Community

| January 21, 2016

Lindsay Brockhaus, 20, killed herself on Tuesday, a month after her friend Cora Ann Engel, 18, committed suicide by the same method, two years almost to the day after Dalton Coxwell, also a Matanzas High student, had killed himself the same way.

City School Districts? Lawmaker Mulling Proposed Constitutional Amendment

| January 21, 2016

The measure (HJR 539) would mark a dramatic change in how school districts are organized in Florida. The Constitution requires all districts to be made up of whole counties, though a handful of public schools are stand-alone.

Bunnell Elementary’s Sean Gilliam Is Flagler County’s Champion, Buoyant Speller

| January 21, 2016

Sean Gilliam, a sixth grader at Bunnell Elementary, correctly spelled the word buoyancy to defeat 16 competitors. Fifth grader Grayson Ronk of Wadsworth Elementary School was the runner­up.

High Schools May Get Greater Autonomy From Florida Athletic Association Requirements

| January 19, 2016

The proposals would allow schools to join the FHSAA on a per-sport basis and limit how much can be charged for some association-sponsored competitions. Currently, a school that joins the FHSAA in any sport has to be a member in every sport.

Worrisome Numbers for Black Students Behind Flagler School District’s “Touting” of Graduation Rates

| January 14, 2016

The graduation rate for black students has taken a nosedive, with just 63.3 percent of black students are graduating, down 4.6% in 3 years. The numbers are especially bad at Flagler Palm Coast High School.

Flagler School District Earns Apple’s Distinguished Program Award

| January 14, 2016

Flagler Schools was recently named as a Distinguished Program by Apple for the Digital Learning Movement in place across all district schools. Representatives from the company were at the last School Board meeting on Jan. 5 to make the announcement.

Kim Weeks (No, Not That One) Is Flagler’s Teacher of the Year, DeAndre Harris Takes Employee Honor

| January 13, 2016

Kim Weeks is a media specialist at Old Kings Elementary School for 11 years, DeAndre Harris is a paraprofessional at Indian Trails Middle School where he works with Exceptional Student Education (ESE).

Belle Terre Swim Club 161 Members Short of Goal as Drop-Dead Decision Time Nears

| January 6, 2016

Though making progress, the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club now has 239 annual members, still short of the 400 it must have by the first week of February, when the school board will decide the club’s fate for good.

Flagler School Enrollment Flat For 8th Straight Year Even as Population Continues to Grow

| January 5, 2016

Most of those moving into Flagler and Palm Coast are retired or non-working, while not enough working-age families with children are moving in to replace those moving out.

Artless Censors: The Flagler’s School Board’s Misplaced Allegiance to “Staff”

| December 18, 2015

The Flagler school board shirked its responsibility when it chose to be a cheerleader for a principal instead of offering guidance and oversight after a student’s art work was censored at FPC.

Denied Belle Terre Swim Club, Innovative Soccer Academy Turns to Permanent Palm Coast Roots

| December 18, 2015

The 57 students enrolled at Palm Coast’s Professional Sports Pathways are part of a growing trend of hybrid specialty school-skill training programs that also serve as magnets for families looking for specific educational opportunities.

Ethics Commission Orders School Board’s Colleen Conklin to Pay $1,500 Fine Over Mail Flub

| December 17, 2015

The issue started as a $25-a-day fine over a late financial disclosure form that was itself never in question, that School Board Chairman Colleen Conklin never made sure had reached the commission.

“My Concern Is The Christian Kids”: A Pastor Raises Objections to Yoga in Flagler Schools

| December 16, 2015

A local pastor complained to the school board that yoga and meditation in a wellness program at three Flagler County schools is a violation of the separation of church and state. The pastor largely misunderstands the $30,000 program, a grant through State Farm Insurance.

Next School Year’s Calendar Will Start on Aug. 10 and Restore Full Thanksgiving Week Off

| December 16, 2015

Flagler schools’ 2016-17 calendar will start at its earliest date in recent memory, a full month before Labor Day, and end the day before Memorial Day.

Public School Testing Could Move Away From Statewide Exams as Lawmakers Study Fix

| December 10, 2015

Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, is working on legislation that would allow schools to use tests other than the statewide standardized exams, which are used in some graduation and promotion decisions, teacher evaluations and school grades.

Belle Terre Swim Club Gets a $25,000 Annual County Lifeline and Nears Membership Goal

| December 9, 2015

County government’s annual contribution will make it more difficult for the school board to close the troubled Swim and Racquet Club, as will an advisory group’s campaign that has netted some 250 new memberships, or just 150 short of the goal the board set for January.

Florida Gibberish: Subbing Computer Coding For Foreign Languages Is Idea of a Yahoo

| December 8, 2015

The bill in the Florida Legislature by an ex-Yahoo executive wanting to push computer science at the expense of foreign languages would worsen education, not improve it.

Transgenders in Flagler Schools: District Takes It Case By Case as State Scrutinizes More Than Nurtures

| December 4, 2015

The state and, to some extent, Flagler County, have a long way to go to ensure that transgender students are treated not only fairly and equitably, but that the environment they face is more respectful than questioning, more welcoming than inhibiting.

Proposal Would Allow Students to Sub Computer Coding for Foreign Language Classes

| December 4, 2015

Bill sponsor Jeremy Ring, a Margate Democrat who is a former Yahoo executive, said the proposal would give Florida students a “true leg up” in the increasingly tech-driven world.

Stillbirth: FPC Art Student May Show His Class Work at a Gallery, But Not At His Own School

| December 3, 2015

A provocative painting by Patrick Conklin, a senior at FPC, was banned from display at his school but allowed at an art gallery, triggering a broad discussion on the lines between expression, censorship, fear and propriety.

Bottom Line Cost of Demolishing and Paying Off School Board’s Old ITT Property: $1.27 Million

| December 3, 2015

The district bought the building in 2002 for $3.5 million. It will spend $200,000 to demolish it, $770,000 to pay off the mortgage, and $300,000 to renovate another location that will accommodate operations currently at the Corporate One property.

Matanzas High Students Win 2nd Place in Statewide Contest for Financial Literacy Video

| December 3, 2015

The students, Brittany Dye, Patrick Flebotte, Emma Grushkin, Danielle Hartley and Duncan Sorensen, had been assigned a 30-second public service announcement in their television production class.

In 5th Incident Since September, Car Strikes a Student Biking Home From School

| December 1, 2015

As in three previous incidents involving vehicles against students on their bike, the driver was at fault, while the student, an 8th grader at Indian Trails Middle, was following the rules of the road.

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