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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“Somber” Board Severely Cuts Flagler’s Adults With Disabilities Program So It Can Survive

| September 1, 2015

The program served 85 mostly full-time clients until it lost half a million dollars in state aid, forcing staff cuts and deep reductions in services. But unlike other districts, Flagler chose to keep its program going.

State Education Board’s “Historic” Funding Proposal Is Still $1,000 Per Student Below 2006 Level

| August 26, 2015

In inflation adjusted dollars, current spending on public education is $1,100-per-student less than it was in 2007, and would still be $1,000 less if the Legislature goes along with a state board of education proposal.

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