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Rymfire’s Donelle Evensen and Matanzas’s Eugenia Moore Win District’s Top Honors for 2019

| January 18, 2019

Donelle Evensen a literacy coach Rymfire Elementary School, is the 2019 Flagler County Teacher of the year, and Eugenia Moore, the guidance clerk at Matanzas High School, is the support employee of the year.

Old Kings Elementary’s Addison Davis Survives Being ‘Eviscerated’ and Wins County Spelling Bee on a Pretzel

| January 17, 2019

Addison Davis, 11, a fifth grader at Old Kings Elementary, won the county-wide spelling bee Wednesday and goes on to the regional bee in Jacksonville on Feb. 19.

Reilly Opelka In Stunning Upset Of World’s 9th-Ranked Isner at Australian Open

| January 14, 2019

Reilly Opelka, the former Indian Trails Middle School student, now 7-feet tall, showed his maturity and improved ground game to stun Isner, who was ranked 9th in the world going into the game.

11-Year-Old Rymfire Elementary Student Faces Felony Over Knife Possession and “Murder” Threat

| January 9, 2019

The 11-year-old student is alleged to have brought a 12.5 inch knife to school and thrown it over the fence after threatening a 13-year-old with “murder.”

Flagler District’s Graduation Rate Soars to 88%, Vindicating Big Push and Tager’s “Bunker”

| January 8, 2019

The district’s graduation rate’s improvements were powered by gains among black and at-risk students, and by Superintendent Jim Tager’s “bunker,” a system that focuses on students who think they can;t make it.

Belle Terre Elementary Community Mourns Loss of Palm Coast 3rd Grader in an Accident

| January 3, 2019

Connor R. Allen, 8, of Palm Coast, a student at Belle Terre Elementary, was with his grandfather, Roland J. Robidoux, 73, in Edgewater, when he was pinned in a storage unit by a car his grandfather was storing.

Parkland Massacre Report Calls for More Armed Teachers, More Money for School Cops

| January 2, 2019

“Personal and system failures” culminated in the mass shooting that left 14 students and three faculty members dead and 17 people wounded at a Broward County high school, according to a report by a state panel that spent months investigating the Valentine’s Day massacre.

Florida School Enrollment Grows at
Slowest Rate Since the Great Recession

| December 26, 2018

Florida has about 17,000 fewer students in its kindergarten-to-high school system than lawmakers anticipated this year, a new report shows.

State Board of Education Approves Appointment of Richard Corcoran as Education Commissioner

| December 18, 2018

The appointment of Corcoran, who has scant education experience but a lengthy political resume, was all but assured when Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis announced his support for the former lawmaker.

Overlooking Its Call for ‘Unity,’ Flagler NAACP Claims Sheriff ‘Sought to Bury’ Incident Involving 2 Racist Students at FPC

| December 18, 2018

What the Flagler Branch of the NAACP billed as a “unified public support press conference” for the high school teacher targeted by two students’ racist threats featured more grandstanding and accusations than revelations today.

T.K. Wetherell, Former House Speaker and Florida State President, Dies at 72

| December 16, 2018

Wetherell, a Daytona Beach native, served in the House from 1980 to 1992, the final two years as speaker. He died of cancer.

Yet Another Student Is Arrested, At FPC, Over School Shooting Threats, Capping Exasperating Week

| December 14, 2018

In the fourth school-safety incident in five school days, yet another student, a 16-year-old attending Flagler Palm Coast High School, was arrested today on allegations that he threatened to shoot up the school.

Two More Students, Both 13, Face Charges Over Shooting Threats Targeting Indian Trails Middle

| December 14, 2018

The reported threats on an after-school bus was the third incident in the last five school days resulting in charges or arrests involving a total of five students.

Ethics Commission Finds Probable Cause School Board’s Janet McDonald and Husband Dennis Violated Law on Disclosures

| December 12, 2018

A state ethics investigation found that both Dennis and Janet McDonald inaccurately reported assets on disclosure forms ahead of election runs. The late Frank Meeker, a county commissioner, filed the ethics complaints shortly before his death in 2016.

FPC Teacher Pursues Hate Crime Charges On 2 Racist Students Who Threatened Her

| December 12, 2018

Two 16-year-old students who exchanged a string of online, racist threats about their language arts teacher during class on Monday face misdemeanor assault charges with a possible enhancement under Florida’s hate-crime law.

‘Culture Change’ Needed In Schools as Parkland Massacre Commission Finalizes Its Work

| December 12, 2018

The panel will ask the Legislature to impose sanctions if school districts failed to put into effect some of the school-safety measures, including measures already required by law, such as active-shooter drills.

2 FPC Students’s Threats Targeting Teacher Were Racially Motivated; Criminal Charges Still Possible

| December 11, 2018

Two students claiming they were just joking made explicit, racist threats against their teacher in written chats uncovered Monday, and may yet face criminal charges, contrary to earlier claims.

Two FPC Students Barred From Campus After Allegations of Online Threats Against Teacher

| December 10, 2018

Two students at FPC were allegedly exchanging online chatter about the time and place to harm a teacher. The Sheriff’s Office investigated and declined to pursue charges, though the students face discipline from the district.

Buddy Taylor Middle Student Arrested With Loaded Gun in Math Class; .45 Was Stolen From Unlocked Car on Point Pleasant

| December 7, 2018

A 14-year-old student was arrested for bringing a loaded gun to Buddy Taylor Middle School today. The gun had been reported stolen out of an unlocked car in Palm Coast in April.

Pushing For Charter Schools and Vouchers, DeSantis Will name Corcoran Education Commissioner

| December 6, 2018

Corcoran, a lawyer and Republican from Pasco County, secured the passage of two major charter-school and voucher-friendly bills during his 2016-18 tenure as speaker.

Man Who Tried to Get Into Wadsworth Elementary and Referred to a School Shooting Is Identified

| November 30, 2018

The man walked up to the front desk at Wadsworth Elementary Thursday morning and asked where the school’s book fair was, but also asked when the school was last shot up.

Flagler College and China’s Foreign Affairs University Sign Exchange Agreement

| November 28, 2018

CFAU is China’s leading university for future diplomats and foreign affairs and policy specialists and will exchange faculty and student with Flagler College.

Ambition and Pledges of Openness Frame Swearings-In at County Commission and Palm Coast Council

| November 20, 2018

Joe Mullins was sworn-in as a county commissioner and Donald O’Brien elected chairman while Jack Howell and Eddie Branquinho took their seats on the Palm Coast council today.

Flagler Schools Will Reluctantly Adopt Religious Freedom Policy Imposed By State

| November 15, 2018

The Flagler County school district is following state law in adopting a new but vague policy protecting religious expression, though some school board members say it’s an unnecessary imposition.

Paul Peacock of Indian Trails and Cara Cronk of Buddy Taylor Are District’s Administrators of the Year

| November 1, 2018

Indian Trails Middle School’s Paul Peacock is this year’s Principal of the Year in the Flagler district, and Buddy Taylor Middle School’s Cara Cronk is the assistant principal of the year.

Flagler Representative On Federal Juvenile Justice Panel Describes Efforts Decimated By Trump

| October 31, 2018

Cheryl Massaro, director of the Flagler County Youth Center, describes how the Trump administration disbanded and stopped the work of the Federal Advisory Committee for Juvenile Justice she was appointed to two years ago.

Bitter Clash Over Charter Schools Behind Supreme Court Decision To Kill ‘Defective’ Ballot Measure

| October 17, 2018

The proposed constitutional amendment could have opened a new avenue for the establishment of charter schools outside the control of county school boards.

Flagler Education Foundation Revenue Jumps 70%, Local Donations Up 143% Over 2016

| October 4, 2018

Joe Rizzo, the Flagler Education Foundation’s executive director, has been on the job since February 2017, significantly improving the school district’s non-profit arm’s fund-raising and visibility.

Gillum Wants $50,000 Minimum Teacher Salary. DeSantis Proposes 80% Formula.

| September 19, 2018

In competing proposals, Democrat Andrew Gillum would provide teachers with a minimum $50,000 starting salary by raising the corporate tax, Ron DeSantis would require 80 percent of school funding to be spent in classrooms.

Florida Charter Schools Have ‘Largely Failed to Deliver’ Promised Innovation, Report Finds

| September 17, 2018

A new report from a Tallahassee-based research group raises questions about the growing role of charter schools in Florida, including citing the closure of 373 charter schools since 1998.

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