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Janet and Dennis McDonald Agree to Settle Ethics Case for $500 Each, Reflecting Minor Disclosure Violations

| May 23, 2019

School Board member Janet McDonald and her husband Dennis McDonald agreed to settle a three-year-old case with the Florida Commission on Ethics, conceding that they had made minor and unintended violations on their financial disclosure forms.

Baseless Claims of a “Shoot Up” at Indian Trails Middle School Spread Through Snapchat

| May 23, 2019

Indian Trails students received a Snapchat message warning them not to go to school today for fear of a shooting, a claim that grew out of a misunderstanding tied to a student who’d made threats before.

Amy Fulmer, FPC Teacher and Formality Singers Director, is New Flagler Auditorium Chief

| May 21, 2019

FPC teacher and Formality Singers director Amy Fulmer replaces Lisa McDevitt, whose 16-year tenure at the auditorium was cut short by illness and her death in January.

Flagler School Board Considers Rezoning, Creating 6-8 Middle Schools or K-8 Centers

| May 14, 2019

The Flagler School Board is considering options for its nine schools that may include sending all sixth graders to middle schools, converting all elementary and middle schools into K-8 centers, rezoning, or elements of all three.

16-Year-Old Girl Who Made Bigoted Threats About FPC Teacher Is Arrested

| May 14, 2019

The State Attorney is charging the girl with a count of written threats to kill, a felony, following a December incident in which the girl exchanged hateful and allegedly threatening messages about her teacher with another student.

Bethune Cookman University 2019 Consecration: “I Leave You Love”

| May 10, 2019

Hubert Grimes, Bethune-Cookman University’s interim president, delivered his last message as interim to the Class of 2019 at a consecration ceremony, urging students to “overcome the lies and negativity that were unleashed over the past eighteen months about your school.”

FPC’s Epic Student Musical Energizes ‘Les Misérables’ With Song, Fury and Redemption

| May 9, 2019

FPC’s $17,000 production of “Les Miserables,” the musical, opens tonight and runs through Saturday at the Flagler Auditorium, featuring a cast of 57, lavish costumes and music from one of the most enduring musicals of all times.

Some 3,700 Students Will Participate in Daytona State College’s 59th Commencement May 13

| May 4, 2019

The Class of 2019 features 550 Bachelor’s recipients and 1,700 associate of arts graduates. Many will continue their studies in a DSC baccalaureate degree program or smoothly transition as juniors to universities.

A Middle School PAL Coach Is Ordered Off Matanzas High Property for Wearing an FPC Shirt. Disbelief Follows.

| May 2, 2019

Derrick Griffin, a 35-year-old Navy veteran and beloved and respected coach of 50 Indian Trails Middle School PAL track students, was ordered to wear a Matanzas shirt or get off Matanzas’ track the last week of the season.

Infected By Dangerous Myths, Flagler Has 2nd Highest Rate of Non-Vaccination in Florida

| May 1, 2019

Though the measles outbreak–worst since 1994–hasn’t reached Flagler, it is highlighting a serious vulnerability in the county, where 6 percent of kindergarteners last year had a religious exemption from vaccines.

Florida Senate Creates New Program Using Public Money To Fund Private School Tuition

| April 26, 2019

Florida senators on Thursday passed legislation that would allow more students to use taxpayer-funded scholarships to pay for private-school tuition, a major step toward expanding school choice in the state.

All FPC Students Directed to Stadium After School Officials Find Bomb Threat In Bathroom

| April 26, 2019

All Flagler Palm Coast High School students–all 2,600 of them–were diverted to the school’s stadium this morning after a bomb threat was discovered in a school bathroom around 7 a.m. 

A Courtroom for a Classroom, Built By Students, Gavels Matanzas High’s Law Flagship

| April 25, 2019

Matanzas High School inaugurated its new courtroom, built by its own students for the school’s law and justice flagship, as the centerpiece of a program intended to develop future lawyers, paralegals and others interested in the law.

Agreeing to New Contract for Deputies in Schools, Board and Sheriff Discuss 128 Baker Acts in 2 Years

| April 24, 2019

The school board’s share includes almost $100,000 for nine school crossing guards. It does not include about $110,000 that Palm Coast contributes for the school resource deputy program.

Special Needs School Bus Headed to Belle Terre Elementary With 9 Aboard in Minor Collision

| April 24, 2019

A special needs Flagler County school bus was involved in a minor collision at Rymfire Drive and Rickenbacker Drive in Palm Coast just after 9 this morning. No one was injured.

Before Kevin McCarthy’s Suicide, a Life of Creative Advocacy and Contradictions Running in Overdrive

| April 21, 2019

Until his last year, Kevin McCarthy had a stellar 17-year career with Flagler schools, coming out of the shadow of his father Bob McCarthy, Flagler’s longest-serving sheriff. But he had unspoken struggles.

Listen Up Soon-To-Be High School Graduates: Your Chance For a $10,000 Presidential Excellence Scholarship

| April 21, 2019

Daytona State College is offering a new scholarship opportunity for high schools students. Starting this fall, the college will award five Presidential Excellence Scholarships totaling $10,000 each to qualified 2019 high school graduates. The application deadline is April 30, 2019.

Supreme Court Sides With DeSantis in Suspension of Okaloosa County School Superintendent

| April 17, 2019

DeSantis stripped Jackson of her post less than a week after he was sworn into office, citing “scathing” grand-jury reports that alleged “dereliction of duty.”

At Walk-Ins Across 9 Flagler Schools, a Call to Lawmakers To Stop Undermining Public Education

| April 17, 2019

Teacher and service employee unions organized the walk-ins at the schools to pressure lawmakers to improve per-student allocations and lessen the favored financial and other terms granted charter and voucher programs.

Rumored Threat of Retaliation For Curtis Gray Killing ‘Unfounded’ as Security Is Beefed Up at FPC

| April 17, 2019

The unfounded rumor about possible retaliation related to the shooting death of 18-year-old FPC student Curtis Gray reflects continuing concern by law enforcement and the school district over further consequences from the shooting.

Teacher and Support Personnel Unions Set to Stage ‘Walk-Ins’ at 8 Flagler Schools Wednesday

| April 16, 2019

The teacher and support personnel unions (FECA and FESPA) are part of a statewide walk-in effort designed to focus awareness on the erosion of public dollars for public schools.

FPC and Matanzas Mourn Loss of Curtis Gray as Two Teams Huddle and Power On in His Memory

| April 16, 2019

Curtis Gray was an 18-year-old senior and track athlete at Flagler Palm Coast High School who’d also been an athlete for three years at Matanzas High. His death Saturday was rippling, and ripping, across the community early this week.

FPC’s Curtis Gray, 18, Is Shot and Killed Outside Coin Laundry in Palm Coast

| April 13, 2019

Curtis Gray, 18, a Flagler Palm Coast High School senior, was shot and killed outside a smoke shop and coin laundry off Belle Terre Parkway at 12:36 this morning, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said.

In a First, FPC’s Bulldog Patrol Presents Safety Plan to Marjorie Stoneman Commission, Drawing Raves and Calls to Scale Statewide

| April 10, 2019

A six-student team of problem solvers presented their student-centered safety plan to the state commission established after the Parkland school massacre, and were asked by several commission members to spread their plan statewide, including at the Broward school.

Classrooms as Career Incubators: Flagler School District Showcases Students’ Paths to Local Jobs

| April 9, 2019

The Flagler County school district showcased its 21 flagship programs at 10 schools, each designed to give students means to experience careers first-hand while completing academic requirements.

FPC Student Charged With Threatening School Shooting Was Twice Charged With Raping Young Children

| April 5, 2019

James G. Cooke III, the 17-year-old Flagler Palm Coast High School student charged on Thursday night with a felony for allegedly making a video SnapChat threat of shooting up an unspecified school, was twice before charged with raping children, according to arrest records.

Snapchat Video Threatening a School Shooting Leads to 17-Year-Old FPC Student’s Arrest

| April 5, 2019

A 17-year-old Flagler Palm Coast High School student was arrested just before midnight Thursday after a Snapchat video sent under the name “Jimmy Boy,” showing ammunition and a message–“I’m ready to shoot up the school”–was detected by a county resident and traced back to the student.

12-Year-Old Girl Pulls Out Small Knife When Boy Refuses To Move From Her Seat

| April 4, 2019

A knife incident involving a 12-year-old student at Buddy Taylor Middle School broke a nearly seven-week lull in school-safety incidents Wednesday morning. No one was hurt.

It’s All About ‘Alignment’ Between Schools, Colleges and Jobs, Local Education Leaders Tell Flagler Businesses

| March 28, 2019

The Flagler Chamber of Commerce roughly once a year devotes one of its Common Ground breakfasts to spotlight local education’s major players, as it did this morning at Palm Coast’s Hilton Garden Inn.

Flagler Claims School Funding Formula Has Unfairly Penalized the District for Years. A Controversial Bill Could Change That.

| March 28, 2019

Flagler was receiving $300 less per student than the average $7,200 per-student share because of the so-called District Cost Differential, which takes a complicated set of “amenities” into account to divvy up state education dollars.

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