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Lead in Water at ‘Maybe Double’ Allowable Rate Detected at Wadsworth and Bunnell Elementaries

| August 16, 2019

Lead levels at twice the allowable rate were detected in two water fountains tested earlier this month and again at the beginning of the week at Wadsworth Elementary and Bunnell Elementary.

Flagler School District Gets 2 Subpoenas from Statewide Grand Jury, But Considers Itself
In Compliance With Safety Rules

| August 14, 2019

The subpoenas focus on the district’s contract with the sheriff for school deputies, the charter school’s compliance with security requirements, and documents about security-measure financing.

State Rules May Ease Path to Mental Health Counselors’ Qualifications and Toughen Charter School Security

| August 9, 2019

With the start of a new school year just around the corner, Florida officials are eyeing policy changes that would expand the number of mental health professionals in schools and ensure that charter schools are meeting safety requirements.

For Parents’ Peace of Mind, It’s Time for Video and Audio Monitoring of Flagler’s Special Education Classrooms

| August 8, 2019

An incident at Belle Terre Elementary School last school-year illustrates the need for more objective, independent oversight of what goes on in special education classrooms, where students may not have a voice of their own.

School Board’s Next Superintendent Hire Will Include Familiar Consultant and Community Panel

| August 6, 2019

The Flagler County School Board took its first steps Tuesday in what will likely be an eight to nine-month process of replacing Superintendent Jim Tager–and the board’s third search in in five years.

Reprimands Follow District Investigation of Allegations of Inappropriate Treatment of Autistic Child at Belle Terre

| July 29, 2019

The parent of a non-verbal autistic 4th grader at Belle Terre Elementary had recorded staffers over several hours without their knowledge, and filed a complaint that led to a local and state investigation.

Wrestling With New Polling Rules, Flagler District May Close Schools on Both Primary and General Election Days

| July 29, 2019

The Flagler school district may no longer ban campaign workers from soliciting voters on school-based polling places, as it did in the last election, prompting a safety-based consideration of closing all schools on all election days.

School Board Chair Aims for Broad Search for Next Superintendent, Seeing No ‘Heart’ in Internal Pick

| July 15, 2019

Janet McDonald, who chairs the Flagler County School Board through November, says she favors a broad search for the next superintendent but does not detect much interest from internal candidates to take on the job.

Jim Tager Will Retire Next June, Ruling Out Return and Triggering Search For 5th Superintendent in 10 Years

| July 12, 2019

Superintendent Jim Tager will retire in 11 months and will not subsequently return even if the Flagler County School Board were to make arrangements for it, he told the board in a letter.

Flagler School District Is Finally A-Rated Again, Ending 7-Year Drought With Broad Improvements

| July 11, 2019

The drought ends seven straight years of Bs, after a four-year streak of As before that. Twenty-four of Florida’s 67 districts are A-rated, 54 are either A or B rated.

Flagler Students Mostly Improve in Math, English and Civics, Ranking District in Top Third of State, But Struggle in Science

| July 2, 2019

Imagine School at Town center had a particularly strong showing in English and math, as did Old Kings Elementary. Buddy Taylor middle school had concerning numbers in math’s Florida Standards Assessments but stronger numbers in geometry and algebra.

Just Fired in Volusia, Tom Russell Overcomes Deep Skepticism to Win FPC Principal’s Job

| June 21, 2019

Tom Russell, Fired last week after a four and a half year tenure as Volusia’s superintendent, becomes the eighth principal in 15 years at FPC, but pledges to be there for up to seven years, and finish his career there.

Flagler Health Department Wants To Offer Free HPV Vaccine to Teen Students, But School Board Is Unconvinced

| June 20, 2019

The HPV vaccine immunizes against the sexually transmitted disease and prevents nine cancers, and local immunization is very low, but two Flagler school board members are not eager to see it offered to 13 to 17 year olds.

Stunning Her Colleagues, School Board’s Janet McDonald Says It’s Time to Look
For New Superintendent

| June 18, 2019

Superintendent Jim Tager is at the end of the second year of a three-year contract, and is required to stop working in July 2020 for at least six months, being in the state’s drop program. One board member said he could sit out six months and return.

FPC’s IB Class of 2019 Soars as 45 Students Collect 176 Acceptances from 60 Colleges and Universities

| June 7, 2019

Stanford, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia, and of course UF and Florida State were among the 60 schools that accepted some of FPC’s IB students in one of the program’s most successful years.

Flagler Palm Coast High School Principal Bob Wallace Resigns After Just 10 Months

| June 7, 2019

For FPC, Wallace’s departure means the school will have its sixth principal in 14 years by the time school resumes in August. The former Volusia County administrator had never quite fit in in Flagler.

Lawmakers Promise Flagler Schools a $242 Per-Student Increase. That’s a Lie. District Faces a $1.5 Million Deficit.

| June 5, 2019

A look behind the state’s allegation of a per-student funding increase for Flagler reveals the line-item fine print of deceptions, slippery definitions and unfunded mandates, resulting in a deficit, not an increase.

At FPC and Matanzas Graduations, Curtis Gray’s Memory Echoes in Honors and Emotions

| May 31, 2019

Curtis Gray, the 18-year-old FPC senior gunned down on April 13, was awarded a posthumous honorary degree at what would have been his graduation Thursday evening, accepted by his mother, Carmen.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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