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Flagler School District Rated B For 2nd Straight Year Despite Seven A-Rated Schools

| July 11, 2014

A-rated schools included Bunnell, Rymfire, Old Kings, Wadsworth and Belle Terre elementaries, along with Indian Trails Middle and Palm Harbor, the charter school that just two years ago was failing. The district will earn several hundred thousand dollars in bonuses.

Flagler Students Post Wide Gains in State Rankings in FCAT Reading, Math and Science

| June 6, 2014

Overall, Flagler students improved their rankings in Florida in 12 categories while dropping back in seven, providing many bright spots but also a few worrisome ones.

Flagler District’s 4th Graders Rank 6th in Writing in Florida, 3rd Graders Rank 10th in Reading

| May 23, 2014

The Flagler County school district had a few results to celebrate as the Department of Education on Friday released FCAT writing scores for 4th, 8th and 10th graders and reading and math scores for third graders.

As Baker Acting of Children Soars, Flagler School Board Grapples With Perceptions of “Outrage”

| April 3, 2014

Baker Acts involving children in schools has reached 32 so far this year, three times more than last year, prompting one school board member to call herself “outraged” at the police-led manner in which most such Baker Acts are carried out, even with teens and younger children.

That Feared Flagler Schools Enrollment Drop And Loss of $1.8 Million? Didn’t Happen.

| September 6, 2013

Last May, when the school board was campaigning for a new tax, it was projecting a loss of 283 students and $1.8 million. In fact, the district has added a handful of students two weeks into the new school year, ensuring that the state will keep sending that money to Flagler–and reducing pressure on the local district to think of closing some schools.

Most Flagler Schools’ Grades Drop, Following State Trend, As Tougher Standards Kick In

| July 26, 2013

In Flagler County, not a single school saw its grade improve and five fell back a grade, though two maintained their A rating: Indian Trails Middle School and Belle Terre Elementary. Grades would have been worse had the state Board of Education not agreed to artificially prop them up, limiting grade drops to a maximum of one letter grade.

Board Members Balk at 7:25 a.m. Middle School Start Time, But Approve New Bell Schedule

| July 23, 2013

Buddy Taylor and Indian Trails middle school students will have to wake up even earlier than last year when school resumes on Aug. 19, with first-bell at 7:25 a.m. and dismissal at 1:25 p.m. Most other schools’ schedules are unchanged, with high schools starting at 8 a.m. and elementaries around 9 a.m.

Flagler Youth Orchestra’s 280 Musicians Take The Auditorium in Year-End Concert

| May 6, 2013

The Flagler Youth Orchestra’s “Take a Bow” concert at the Flagler Auditorium Monday at 7 p.m. will feature all 280 musicians in different orchestras in the culmination of a year’s–and for many, several years’–work.

Flagler Schools’ Overall Enrollment Flat For 4th Straight Year as Charters Keep Growing

| November 2, 2012

Flagler County’s three charter schools’ enrollment exceeds 1,000, or 8 percent of the district, which saw its traditional schools’ enrollment fall to the lowest level since the 2005-06 school year.

Sheriff’s and School Bus Director’s Caution: “Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible.”

| August 15, 2012

With Flagler County schools resuming on Thursday, Aug. 15, the sheriff’s office and the school district’s transportation department–responsible for 85 bus routes traveling 8,000 miles a day–are reminding parents, students and all drivers to heighten their prudence. A list of bus routes and times is included.

Two Flagler School Board Races Will be Decided Aug. 14: The Live Interviews

| August 5, 2012

Three-term incumbents Sue Dickinson and Colleen Conklin are being challenged by Bill Corkran and Debbie Laury in two contests for the Flagler County School Board that will be decided Aug. 14. All registered voters may vote regardless of party affiliation or address.

Andy Dance: Why You Should Support Flagler Schools’ Renewal of the Half-Penny Sales Tax

| August 3, 2012

Andy Dance, the school board member, explains why your vote approving the renewal of the half-penny sales tax in the Aug. 14 referendum is critical for Flagler County schools. All registered voters may cast a ballot regardless of party affiliation.

Back to School Jam Returns Saturday at FPC: Uniforms, Discounts, But No Free Backpacks

| August 1, 2012

This year’s back to school jam for all flagler county students will feature discounted uniforms, $5 backpacks and many other supplies, at Flagler Palm Coast High School Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bill Corkran, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| July 30, 2012

Bill Corkran is one of four candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 14 primary election, which will decide the winners: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Sue Dickinson, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| July 30, 2012

Sue Dickinson is one of four candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 14 primary election, which will decide the winners: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

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

| July 30, 2012

Colleen Conklin is one of four candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 14 primary election, which will decide the winners: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Deborah Laury, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| July 30, 2012

Deborah Laury is one of four candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 14 primary election, which will decide the winners: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Bucking State Trend, Flagler School Grades Stay Strong, But So Does Criticism

| July 11, 2012

All but one Flagler County public or charter school scored an A or a B. The exception was Palm Harbor Academy, a charter, which scored an F. The state’s teachers union cautioned against making much of the results absent a more reliable testing system.

Ciara Glover
Little Miss Flagler County Contestant (2012)

| June 16, 2012

Ciara Glover is a Little Miss Flagler County contestant in the 5 to 7 year old category of the 2012 Flagler County Pageant.

Claire Collins
Little Miss Flagler County Contestant (2012)

| June 16, 2012

Claire Collins is a Little Miss Flagler County contestant in the 5 to 7 year old category of the 2012 Flagler County Pageant.

Jordan Hope Collier
Little Miss Flagler County Contestant (2012)

| June 16, 2012

Jordan Hope Collier is a Little Miss Flagler County contestant in the 5 to 7 year old category of the 2012 Flagler County Pageant.

Lexi Wright
Little Miss Flagler County Contestant (2012)

| June 16, 2012

Lexi Wright is a Little Miss Flagler County contestant in the 8 to 11 year old category of the 2012 Flagler County Pageant.

Victoria Elizabeth Aparicio
Miss Junior Flagler County Contestant (2012)

| June 16, 2012

Victoria Elizabeth Aparicio is a Miss Junior Flagler County contestant in the 12 to 15 year old category of the 2012 Miss Flagler County Pageant.

Alexa Rose Gonzalez
Little Miss Flagler County Contestant (2012)

| June 16, 2012

Alexa Rose Gonzalez is a Little Miss Flagler County contestant in the 5 to 7 year old category of the 2012 Flagler County Pageant.

With Few Flagler Exceptions, Reading, Math and Science FCAT Scores Drop for Most Schools

| June 5, 2012

As reading and math scores improved statewide in most grades, despite tougher standards, Flagler County students lost ground over last year’s results, and struggled to keep up with state averages.

Flagler Third Graders Rank 19th in Reading, 23rd in Math, in Latest FCAT Batch

| May 24, 2012

Out of 988 students who took the test in Flagler County, 130, or 13 percent, scored only a 1 on a scale of 5, and will be held back, absent improvements in summer reading school, which the district offers free.

Flagler’s FCAT Writing Scores Collapse, a Reflection of Florida’s Tougher Standards

| May 18, 2012

As expected, Flagler County’s writing scores for 4th, 8th and 10th graders, released today, fell precipitously as the state imposed a new writing standard and a new passing grade, but itself failed to convey those standards clearly to teachers and principals ahead of time.

Dear Mrs. Nahirny: Tales From the “Don’t Quit” File on Teacher Appreciation Week

| May 6, 2012

Every year during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-11), Matanzas’s Jo Ann Nahirny has her English students write thank you cards to teachers, and receives a few herself, which she’s always kept in what she calls her “don’t quit” file. She opens it up.

Flagler Schools Will Start Earlier, On Aug. 16, End June 8, As District Sets 2012-13 Calendar

| February 8, 2012

Thanksgiving will still be a full week off, but Christmas break will entail two broken weeks at either ends, so students can come back on Jan. 2 and have more time to prepare for the new FCAT: end-of-course exams. Printable calendar included.

Bill Requiring Property Tax Revenue to Pay For Charter School Construction Advances

| February 7, 2012

Supporters say the measure creates more parity between charter schools and other public schools. Opponents slammed the measure as corporate welfare that would provide tax dollars to the private operators of charter schools — despite the fact that supporters of charter legislation said years ago that they would not ask for capital outlay dollars.

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