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Flagler Auditorium Sees $500,000 Grant As 1st Step to $5 Million Capital Makeover

| May 4, 2016

The Flagler Auditorium is in line to get five successive $500,000 grants that the auditorium board and the district would match, enabling the transformation of the 25-year-old facility, including a lobby three times bigger than its current size.

Flagler Schools Seeks to Be 1st in Florida To Use Concussion-Alert Football Helmets District-Wide

| May 3, 2016

The helmets, which would cost $500 each, would alert coaches and trainers in real time of the severity of collisions players sustain to the head, enabling trainers to more readily take precautions against concussions.

Demolition Devours Another Chunk of Old Palm Coast as Backhoes Blitz ITT Building

| April 11, 2016

The massive building at 1 Corporate Drive had been ITT headquarters in Palm Coast’s nascent days then office and classroom space for the school district’s adult education programs. The building had its uses but was never a good investment for the district.

Full Funding Restored to Flagler’s Adults With Disabilities Program, a Big Victory for District

| March 16, 2016

Intense lobbying by local school officials and their legislators helped restore the full $545,000 appropriation they’d lost last year, enabling the district to again double enrollment in the Adults with Disabilities’ Step Up program starting July 1.

Ex-Flagler Superintendent Delbrugge’s Son and Daughter Arrested For Stealing Girl Scout’s Cookie Money

| March 3, 2016

Nicholas Delbrugge, 20, and his sister Ashley Winters, both former residents of Flagler County and the son and daughter of former Flagler School Superintendent Bill Delbrugge, were arrested this evening in Deltona and charged with snatching a a girl scout’s cookie money from her hands four days earlier.

District and Palm Coast Will Redesign Some Bus Stops in 1st Step To Counter Crashes Involving Children

| March 3, 2016

Some of the county’s 600 bus stops will be redesigned to include a $1,200 “pad” where students should wait for buses, while an education campaign will target students in elementary and middle schools.

School District’s Decision to Demolish Old ITT Building Triggers Upheaval Behind the Scenes

| February 24, 2016

A board member pledged to call the attorney general over the improper end of the discussion surrounding the 3-2 vote last week, and the company picked to demolish the building lost the license enabling it to do so.

At FPC, Community Problem Solvers Re-Imagine Library as Fluid “Learning Commons”

| February 18, 2016

When every student has a media center in the palm of the hand, it’s time to change the name and purpose of a school library. That’s what FPC’s Community Problem Solvers set out to do, and achieved.

Call The Question! School Board Moves to Demolish Old ITT Building in “Awkward” Vote

| February 17, 2016

The school board will spend $163,000 to demolish the iconic hulk on Palm Coast Parkway, but the 5-0 vote was marred and rushed by an improper maneuver by board member Sue Dickinson.

To School Officials’ Surprise, NAACP Accuses District of ‘Obstruction’ and More Arbitrary Discipline

| February 16, 2016

The Flagler branch of the NAACP is accusing the school district of “willful” obstruction in disciplinary cases involving black students, and of ignoring behavior problems at Buddy Taylor Middle School.

Flagler School District Is Rated B For Third Straight Year, All Schools Either A or B

| February 13, 2016

This year’s grades are almost eight months late. They’re less reliable than in previous years. And they’re still facing bitter criticism because of the state’s troubled standardized testing system.

Proposal Would End Local Districts’ Oversight of Charter Schools in Favor Of State Power

| February 11, 2016

The proposed constitutional amendment would set up a statewide entity with the power to approve charter schools anywhere in Florida, bypassing local school districts. The Legislature is expected to approve sending the proposal to the ballot.

Florida’s Black Cowboys: An Exhibit Tours All Flagler Schools, Bucking Stereotypes

| February 8, 2016

The Florida Black Cowboys exhibit, produced by the Agriculture Museum, opens a window on a little-known part of Florida and American history. The exhibit will appear at every Flagler County school.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Live Profile
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.

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