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Jim Guines, Smokin’ Shock to the System and Now 83, Will Be Celebrated Sunday

| November 20, 2015

Jim Guines, the forceful and unpredictable member of the Flagler County School Board for 11 years until 2007, will be at the center of a community tribute Sunday at Flagler Palm Coast High School, at 3 p.m.

Measure Allowing Guns on Florida College Campuses Heads for Likely House Passage

| November 19, 2015

But the fate of the NRA-supported gun measure, vehemently opposed by university officials, still hangs in the Senate, where passage is less certain.

No Longer State of the Art, Flagler Auditorium Seeks School Board Support for Improvements

| November 18, 2015

A joint meeting between the school board and the auditorium board revealed a wish-list of costly needs that would require the district to shift dollars and priorities toward the auditorium. First, school board members want more clarity on those needs.

Matanzas High Student Faces Felony After Accusation of Hitting Dean of Students

| November 16, 2015

Charmia Mone Jackson, 18, of Palm Coast, is alleged to have struck the Matanzas High School dean of students in back of the head as she was aiming for another student during an altercation on Friday.

Flagler Schools’ 1-to-1 Laptop Initiative Termed a Success, But Replacement Costs at $100,000 a Year

| November 6, 2015

With almost 8,000 student computers in circulation, the Flagler district spent $194,000 on replacements and repairs in two years, well below projections, as the program spreads to middle and elementary schools.

For 4th Time in 7 Weeks, a Student is Struck by Vehicle in Palm Coast; Safety Panel Meets

| November 4, 2015

Buddy Taylor Middle School student Maxim Bystrov, 13, was on his bicycle when an elderly driver violated his right of way at Belle Terre and Pritchard Tuesday, injuring the boy. Wednesday, the new traffic safety committee met.

Embry-Riddle To Offer 5% Tuition Break for Florida Students as University Marks 90th Year

| November 1, 2015

Tuition at Embry-Riddle this year is $33,318. With room, board and books, the cost rises to $45,100, according to the university’s estimates. The 5 percent break, a saving of $1,600, applies only to tuition.

In Defeat for Florida Carry Inc., Court Upholds UF Policy Banning Guns in University Housing

| October 30, 2015

The appeals court rejected Florida Carry’s argument that the Legislature provided for gun possession in dorms as it does in homes. That leaves it up to lawmakers to change. There’s been movement in that direction.

Stetson Appoints Kennesaw State’s Neal Mero School of Business Administration Dean

| October 26, 2015

Neal Mero was a founding director of the Kennesaw State University Doctor of Business Administration Program in 2008, and earned his doctorate from the University of Florida.

Belle Terre Swim Club Has Until January to Find 400 Members or Close, Absent Savior

| October 20, 2015

A divided Flagler County School Board voted 3-2 for a drop-dead date, relying on current members to build their ranks while leaving out, for now, a sports academy that sought to run the facility. But board members said such talks can continue.

Superintendent Apologizes Over Gender-Neutral 8th Grader Sanctioned for Wearing a Dress

| October 17, 2015

Leon County School Superintendent Jackie Pons apologized to the family of an 8th grader who identifies as neither boy nor girl, but who was accused of violating the dress code for wearing a dress on Tuesday. The violation was, in fact, committed by the school principal.

Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Advisory Club Committee: Why We Should Run the Facility

| October 17, 2015

The Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club Advisory Committee makes the case to run the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club, ahead of next Tuesday’s decision by the Flagler County School Board on the fate of the facility.

Professional Pathways: Why We Should Run the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club

| October 17, 2015

Professional Sports Pathways, a private sports academy that runs the Center for Excellence soccer school in Palm Coast, makes the case to run the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club.

Child’s Death at Bus Stop Prompts Creation of Joint School-City Safety Committee

| October 14, 2015

Palm Coast City Council member Andy Dance and School Board member Andy Dance formed the joint committee with administrators from both agencies to explore safety improvements at bus stops.

Soccer Academy Takes the Pitch in Stepped-Up Bid for Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club

| October 13, 2015

Pro-Pathways Center of Excellence, a private Palm Coast academy that mixes soccer and academics, wants to run the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club, having outgrown its facility in the Palm Harbor shopping zone.

“Career in a Year”: Gov. Scott Wants $20 Million for Tech Schools’ Fast-Track Programs

| October 13, 2015

Competitive grants, which would be geared toward programs that could be completed in less than 52 weeks such as licensed practical nursing, which takes 45 weeks and has 2,361 openings in Florida, and welding, a 39-week program that could offer a path to one of 583 jobs.

Daytona State College Adds Evening Courses in Auto Body and Collision Repair

| October 13, 2015

Car buffs looking to break into the auto collision repair industry can now get their training during evening classes at Daytona State College beginning in January 2016.

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A Ben Carson Reading Room at Old Kings Elementary: What’s the School Board Smoking?

| October 8, 2015

The school board this week approved a privately funded $15,000 Ben Carson Reading Room for Old Kings Elementary, dismissing Carson’s political candidacy as a non-issue and ignoring his Islamophobia. It’s a serious mistake.

Kymora Christian, 7, Killed After Being Struck By Vehicle at White Star Drive Bus Stop

| October 7, 2015

Kymora Christian, a 7-year-old student at Wadsworth Elementary in Palm Coast, was killed after being struck by a vehicle in front of 2 White Star Drive, a corner lot that fronts on Whippoorhill Drive in Palm Coast this morning at 8:14 a.m.

Belle Terre Swim Club Pulled From Brink as School Board Turns to Community Group

| October 6, 2015

In a remarkable turn-around for club supporters, the Flagler school board agreed to extend the life of the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club by turning over membership responsibilities to a community group and shortening hours of operation.

Flagler County Youth Center Marks 10 Years in Continuing County-School Board Partnership

| October 1, 2015

Flagler County government built the $1 million youth center as part of a tax-supported referendum 10 years ago. The school board staffs it, under the leadership of Cheryl Massaro, its one and only director.

Knife Found, 8th Grader Arrested After Report of a Gun Locks Down FTI and FPC

| September 28, 2015

An anonymous call reported a hidden gun in a bathroom at the Flagler technical school. A knife was found, leading to an 8th Grader’s arrest. The student is from Indian Trails Middle School.

School Superintendents Have “Lost Confidence” in Florida’s Student Accountability System

| September 27, 2015

The rebuke comes after months of controversy about the new Florida Standards Assessment, which was plagued by technical problems this spring, including computer glitches and a cyberattack.

Indian Trails 7th Grader, on Bicycle, Victim of Hit-and-Run on Belle Terre and Brookside Ln.

| September 25, 2015

A 7th grader from Indian Trails Middle School bicycling to school was struck by a vehicle at the corner of Brookside Lane and Belle Terre Parkway. The vehicle kept going.

Buddy Taylor Student Struck by School Bus This Morning on Parkview Drive

| September 21, 2015

The student was treated for minor injuries at Florida Hospital Flagler, and by just after noon, had been released. The driver was cited for failing to yield, and is on administrative leave.

At Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Fundraiser, It Felt Like the 1980s Again. That’s The Problem.

| September 21, 2015

Even though a sizable crowd turned up for the fundraiser Sunday, the effort still falls significantly short of keeping the club going or convincing the school board that the group leading the effort can lease the property and make it work as a club again.

Worrisome Study in Hand, Lawmakers Question Tying Teacher Salaries to Test Scores

| September 20, 2015

The study supported the use of the Florida Standards Assessment for school grades and teacher evaluations but said that “the FSA scores for some students will be suspect” because of the computer glitches.

John Thrasher on Campus Guns, FSU’s Alleged Inferiority and Marco Rubio’s Oats

| September 19, 2015

Florida State University President John Thrasher talks about Rubio trash-talking FSU, his opposition to guns on campus, academic freedom and having the time of his life.

Three Matanzas High School Students Arrested For Armed Burglary in Palm Coast’s F-Section

| September 16, 2015

A ninth grader and two tenth graders who’d run from Matanzas High School were charged with armed robbery following two incidents in Palm Coast’s F-Section this morning.

Everybody Likes Pre-K. Defining It Is Another Matter.

| September 12, 2015

While there’s a growing consensus on the value of preschool, states disagree on where the programs should be based, who should run them, or how the government should support them.



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