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Taxes Will Stay Flat For Most Property
Owners in Flagler and Its Cities in 2017

| September 30, 2016

Taxes have increased in Flagler County and in all five cities, but will be largely offset by a tax decrease in school taxes, while values have increased only marginally.

Divided Over Car Sale at FPC that “Violated” Pact and Precedent, School Board Mulls Next Step

| September 21, 2016

Two school board members charge that an agreement signed with the district on the use of FPC was violated when a car “show” turned into a major car sale, but the board is unclear over what to do next.

School Board’s Conklin “Willfully” Failed to File Disclosure, But Ethics Panel Stops Short of Removing Her From Office

| September 14, 2016

Colleen Conklin took months to file a financial disclosure form and paid a $1,500 fine over it, but an ethics investigation found her failure had been “willful,” and the Florida Ethics Commission could have had grounds to remove Conklin from her Flagler County School Board seat.

School Board Members Blister “Subleasing” of FPC Campus to Out-of-Town Car Dealer, Exposing Problems

| September 8, 2016

This weekend, without the school board’s knowledge, the entire parking lot of Flagler Palm Coast High School will be turned over to Ritchey Auto of Daytona Beach in a giant car and boat sale that has angered local car dealers and school board members, exposing flaws in the district’s use-of-facilities policy.

6 Students Implicated in “Detailed Plan to Attack” Flagler Palm Coast High School, No Arrests

| September 8, 2016

Six students were at Flagler Palm Coast High School were tied Wednesday to what a district spokesperson described as “a detailed plan to conduct a coordinated plot against Flagler Palm Coast High School.” The alleged plot was to have involved guns.

At Rymfire Elementary, Response to a Child’s Scar Comes Unglued and Leads to a Lawsuit

| September 7, 2016

A 1st-grader at Rymfire Elementary came home with a bleeding head from a scar that her mother claims was treated improperly by an unqualified staffer, while the school never called the parent to let her know her child was being treated.

Flagler School District Sued Over Allegation of A Child-on-Child Sex Battery at Old Kings VPK

| August 11, 2016

The allegation dates from a May 2015 incident in which two VPK students are alleged to have touched or kissed the genitals of a third, and that the alleged assailants were allowed to return to Old Kings Elementary, though not in the same classroom as the alleged victim.

Myra Middleton-Valentine, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 9, 2016

Myra Middleton-Valentine is a candidate for the Flagler County School Board, running against Paul Anderson, Maria Barbosa, and Sharon Demers. All registered Flagler County voters may cast a ballot in the Aug. 30 primary in this non-partisan race regardless of party affiliation. The winner will be decided on Aug. 30.

Sharon Demers, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 8, 2016

Sharon Demers is a candidate for the Flagler County School Board, running against Paul Anderson, Maria Barbosa, and Myra Middleton-Valentine. All registered Flagler County voters may cast a ballot in the Aug. 30 primary in this non-partisan race regardless of party affiliation. The winner will be decided on Aug. 30.

Maria Barbosa, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 7, 2016

Maria Barbosa is a candidate for the Flagler County School Board, running against Paul Anderson, Sharon Demers, and Myra Middleton-Valentine. All registered Flagler County voters may cast a ballot in the Aug. 30 primary in this non-partisan race regardless of party affiliation. The winner will be decided on Aug. 30.

Paul Anderson, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 6, 2016

Paul Anderson is a candidate for the Flagler County School Board, running against Sharon Demers, Maria Barbosa, and Myra Middleton-Valentine. All registered Flagler County voters may cast a ballot in the Aug. 30 primary in this non-partisan race regardless of party affiliation. The winner will be decided on Aug. 30.

Jason Sands, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 5, 2016

Jason Sands is a candidate for the Flagler County School Board, running against Colleen Conklin All registered Flagler County voters may cast a ballot in the Aug. 30 primary in this non-partisan race regardless of party affiliation. The winner will be decided on Aug. 30.

Colleen Conklin, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 4, 2016

Colleen Conklin is a candidate for the Flagler County School Board, running against Jason Sands All registered Flagler County voters may cast a ballot in the Aug. 30 primary in this non-partisan race regardless of party affiliation. The winner will be decided on Aug. 30.

Belle Terre Swim Club Advisory Group Violates School Policy as It Plods Into Political Forums

| August 3, 2016

The Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club, created to help save the school board-owned facility, organized three political forums at the club without board permission, used a membership list to send out invitations in violation of board policy, and is not being charged the usual rate for use of facilities.

School Board Readies to Approve Lowest Tax in at Least 22 Years, But Without Cheers

| July 26, 2016

The new tax rate equates to a 4.2 percent decrease from the current rate for homeowners and businesses, which will make a noticeable difference on tax bills.

FLVS Names iFlagler Virtual School Best Small District Franchise in Florida

| July 18, 2016

iFlagler was established 6 years ago and since then has grown in popularity. Just a few years ago there were 300 half-credit enrollments. For the 2015-16 school year, there were 4,000 half-credit enrollments.

Flagler Schools Take a Beating as All But One See Grades Drop; District Maintains B

| July 8, 2016

For the first time in the 15-year history of school and district grades, Flagler County schools did not earn a single A in 2016. Officials are cautioning parents and students not to put too much stock in the results, which reflect a new but also tougher way to grade schools.

Marcus Sanfilippo Will Succeed Richard DuPont as Bunnell Elementary Principal

| June 9, 2016

Marcus Sanfilippo had been an assistant principal at Indian Trails Middle School. He is a former county Teacher of the Year and in 2015 was the assistant principal of the year.

Bunnell Elementary Leads the Way as Flagler’s Problem Solvers Shine Again at Internationals

| June 7, 2016

Flagler County’s nearly 60 community problem solvers accomplished at this year’s international competition what their predecessors have almost every year for more than half a decade: they cleaned up in wins, trophies and plaudits.

Flagler’s Third Graders Improve English Skills and Climb to 10th Best in Florida

| May 24, 2016

The proportion of students who scored a 3 or better (out of 5)–that is, students who are proficient in English at their grade level–also improved, from 60 percent to 63 percent.

6 Local Unions Show Electoral Power as 16 Candidates For School Board, Palm Coast and County Match Mettle

| May 20, 2016

The United Public Employees of Flagler County, representing 6 local public unions, hosted the largest simultaneous political forum in the county’s recent history, yielding a few insights into three races.

Flagler’s African American Mentor Program Honors Its Own Weeks After Earning Unsung Hero Award

| May 6, 2016

The African American Mentoring Program is the creation of former school board member Jim Guines and John Winston, who 10 years ago saw a broad need in the county for mentors to guide young, black students who, for one reason or another, lacked direction.

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.

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