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Rymfire Elementary Student Sets Fire to Paper Dispenser, Triggering Sprinklers Evacuation

| May 18, 2018

Sprinklers triggered by the fire caused more of a disruption than the fire itself, but most activities and normal dismissal were not affected.

Flagler School Board Unanimously Approves 13 Deputies in Schools, Ending Tiff With Sheriff

| May 15, 2018

The $1.8 million agreement almost splits costs between the sheriff and the school board and doubles the number of deputies in schools in the first post-Parkland massacre contract.

Flagler Beach Cool To Contributing Money, Palm Coast-Style, For Schools’ Resource Deputies

| May 14, 2018

Palm Coast pays for an extra school resource deputy to defray the school board’s and sheriff’s costs, but Flagler Beach is reluctant to do likewise for now.

School Board May Revoke Palm Harbor Academy’s Charter as Serious Irregularities Surface

| May 14, 2018

Palm Coast’s Palm Harbor Academy, one of two charter schools in Flagler, has struggled for most of its existence, and is accused of shifting students to a “private school” so they can avoid being tested.

Flagler Palm Coast High Thespians Go Big With ‘Little Mermaid’ and Again Raise Bar
For Local Musicals

| May 9, 2018

The $18,000 production of FPC “Little Mermaid” is, Like Matanzas’s “Sherk” last month, giving Flagler audiences a new look at high school musicals that have little to differentiate them from professional productions.

Advice for High School Graduates: Learn a Trade

| May 4, 2018

The shameful practice of tracking poor students into blue-collar jobs contrasts with millions of rewarding, high-paying trade jobs sitting empty.

Compromise Over School Deputies in Flagler, But Look Beyond False Security of “Hardening”

| May 3, 2018

There’s an effective way to end the stalemate between the Flagler Sheriff and the school board over deputies in schools without breaking the bank or compromising security.

Rift Widens Between Sheriff and School Board Over Deputies’ Cost For Flagler Schools

| May 1, 2018

At least an $88,000 rift divides Flagler’s sheriff from the school board as they negotiate to have deputies at every school come August. The divide may be larger when mental health money is included.

School District Seeks to Reassure Flagler Parents Disaffected Over Reorganization Involving 1,900 Special Education Students

| April 25, 2018

The Flagler school district is cutting in half its so-called “staffing specialists,” or advocates for special education students, but says the change is for the better. Parents disagree.

With “Shrek The Musical,” Matanzas High School Mega-Production Aims To Make Everyone a Believer

| April 24, 2018

“Shrek the Musical” at Matanzas’s Pirate Theatre Wednesday through Saturday is a huge, roaring production involving a cast and crew of 90, with a 20-piece live orchestra.

With Social Media Surveillance, Flagler School District Is Breaching Community Trust

| April 22, 2018

With its contract with Social Sentinel, a social media snooping company, the Flagler school district is going into the secretive surveillance business for a much heavier cost than advertised.

Judge Rejects Local Districts’ Challenge of Controversial Law Shifting Money To Charter Schools

| April 20, 2018

The controversy highlights continuing tensions between local school districts and the state about oversight and expansion of charter schools, which are public schools but are often run by private operators.

Two Flagler School Buses Involved In Minor Incidents In Thursday’s Afternoon Runs

| April 20, 2018

Neither incident was serious, but at least one of them led to inaccurate rumors on social media that a weapon was involved: it never was.

Matanzas High School Girl Reports Being Raped By Another Juvenile at Her Home

| April 18, 2018

An investigation is ongoing into the allegation of a rape of a 16-year-old girl after the alleged perpetrator asked to meet the girl to “catch up.”

Students Raise Concerns, But Flagler School Board Approves Social Media Surveillance

| April 18, 2018

The Flagler County School Board Tuesday approved a three-year, $55,500 contract with Vermont-based Social Sentinel to troll eight different types of social media accounts.

Voters Will Decide School Board Term Limits and Ending Local Control Over Charter Schools

| April 17, 2018

Under current law, school boards operate and control public schools within their counties. That would end if voters approve a constitutional amendment.

Daytona State Holds 11th Annual Campus Safety Awareness Day

| April 17, 2018

Nineteen Daytona State College employees, students and associates were honored on April 13 for their contributions to maintaining a safe campus environment.

Flagler School Board Wants To Snoop on Students’ Social Media, And Maybe Yours. Wrong Move.

| April 16, 2018

The School Board is set to contract with Social Sentinel, a company that will troll social media accounts across Flagler for $18,500 and issue “alerts” to select officials. It’s an inappropriate move down a slippery slope.

7 New Sheriff’s Deputies, 143% Cost Increase as Outline of Flagler’s School Safety Takes Shape

| April 13, 2018

Sheriff Staly and Superintendent Tager are negotiating an increase of the school deputies’ program to $1.8 million split 50-50, with the schools’ share paid by the state and the sheriff’s by the County Commission.

20 Years in Prison for Ex-Soccer Coach Who Molested Boys at Palm Coast Academy; He Faces New Rape Charge

| April 11, 2018

Sean Stern was a program director at Palm Coast’s ex-Sports Pathways soccer academy for boys and girls, where he molested at least three boys over many months.

Daytona State College Summer Sessions Begin May 15, Enrollment Open

| April 8, 2018

Daytona State College registration is closing in on summer classes that start May 15 and June 28. Fall semester sign-up also has begun with classes starting Aug. 27; now’s the time to secure classes and top choice for schedules.

Superintendents Say Money May Not Cover All School Resource Officers Despite $100 Million

| March 27, 2018

Superintendents are asking the state Board of Education for support in shifting money allocated to school marshals to the school resource officer program instead.

“March For Our Lives” Draws 100 Along Palm Coast Parkway in Orange Echo of Global Student Movement

| March 24, 2018

The Palm Coast demonstrators joined some 800 planned March For Our Lives protests across the globe today, calling for sensible gun control and a ban on assault-type weapons.

Parent Faces Charges After Appearing to Instigate Fight Between 2 Indian Trails Middle School Boys

| March 21, 2018

Anthony Gardiner, a 34-year-old resident of Pam Coast’s B Section, was captured in several videos either instigating or intervening in a fight between two boys on a Belle Terre Parkway sidewalk.

Are Drug Addicts Less Valuable Than Students? Florida Says Yes, Wrongly.

| March 18, 2018

Politically there may be a big difference between students’ safety and drug addicts. Ethically, there is none, and financially, addicts are being lethally short-changed.

As in Flagler, Few Districts Embrace Arming “Marshals,” So Money May Shift to School Cops

| March 18, 2018

In Flagler County, Superintendent Jim Tager and the school board said they would not support arming anyone who is not, in essence, as trained as school deputies must be to carry a weapon.

White Supremacist Teacher Dayanna Volitich Mustn’t Be Returned to the Classroom

| March 14, 2018

Try to imagine you’re a non-white student in Volitich’s social studies class. What do you do with this new information about your teacher’s “white superiority”?

Nobody Knows How Many Kids Get
Caught With Guns in School. Here’s Why.

| March 11, 2018

Lax reporting by schools, lax oversight by state and federal authorities make it nearly impossible to say just how many students get caught taking firearms into public schools each year.

Daytona State College Partners With UCF On Best Practices In Inclusive Classroom Grant

| March 10, 2018

Daytona State’s College of Education has teamed with the University of Central Florida to develop new strategies for teaching and learning in an inclusive classroom setting, where students with and without disabilities learn together.

Bunnell Police Find Weapon Used in School Incident, a BB Gun, and Locate 2nd Boy

| March 9, 2018

The gun allegedly brandished during a school-related incident was a BB gun, and the second boy located in relation with the incident may not be facing charges.

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