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Constitutional Amendment Proposal for School Board Term Limits Easily Clears House Hurdle

| February 20, 2019

The proposal was approved in an 11-4 vote that was largely along party lines. Voters would be asked in 2020 whether they want to impose eight-year term limits on school board members.

Lisa McDevitt, Flagler Auditorium’s Vigor and Champion, Remembered as ‘Mama Lisa’ Of the Performing Arts

| February 4, 2019

Paying tribute to Lisa McDevitt, the Flagler Auditorium’s long-time executive director, were some 300 people Saturday, including family, friends, and performers she’d shepherded through the stage over the years.

Grade Average for IB Class of 2018 at FPC Exceeds World’s By a Shade as 40 Students Claim Diplomas

| February 1, 2019

The FPC 40 students who earned an IB diploma or certificate dispersed to 14 colleges in Florida, two other states and the Philippines before returning to claim their diplomas at a recent ceremony at the school.

Lisa McDevitt, a Force Behind Flagler Auditorium and Arts Education, Dies at 58

| January 22, 2019

Lisa McDevitt, the executive director of the Flagler Auditorium for the last 16 years and a fierce advocate for the arts in education, died Monday after a months-long struggle with cancer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Flagler Youth Orchestra, Accompanist to Generation of Students, Marks 14th Year With Open House Wednesday

| September 4, 2018

Many thousands of students have enrolled in the free Flagler Youth Orchestra’s strings program through the years, with some 400 enrolling each fall. Its open house is next week.

Where School Board Candidates Stand on Exceptional Student Education (ESE)

| August 25, 2018

Complete video interviews of Flagler County School Board board candidates by the Flagler Exceptional Student Education Support Group.

Paul Anderson, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 25, 2018

Paul Anderson is one of five candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 28 primary election: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Trevor Tucker, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 25, 2018

Trevor Tucker is one of five candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 28 primary election: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Carl Jones, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 25, 2018

Carl Jones is one of five candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 28 primary election: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

John Fischer, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 25, 2018

John Fischer is one of five candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 28 primary election: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Janet McDonald, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 25, 2018

Janet McDonald is one of five candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 28 primary election: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Palm Coast Manager’s Power-Play Mucks Up Donation of Truck to FPC’s Fire Academy, Ignoring County’s Role

| August 24, 2018

What should have been a feel-good donation of a fire engine to FPC’s popular Fire Academy turned into a turf war after Palm Coast Manager Jim Landon ignored the county fire department’s role in the academy.

New Back To School Normal For Flagler School Employees: How To Deal With a Mass Killer

| August 7, 2018

The Flagler Auditorium today filled with 1,000 faculty members for “active shooter” or “incident survival” training through a vivid, disquieting presentation by Sheriff’s officials.

Flagler School Enrollment Remains Flat, Florida Will See Slowdown in 2019-20

| July 25, 2018

Enrollment in Flagler County has been flat for a decade, hovering at or just below 13,000 students since 2007. That’s not about to change.

Flagler School District Scores a B For 7th Year In a Row, Ranks 32nd Out of 67

| June 27, 2018

Only Indian Trails Middle School scored an A while Old Kings and Rymfire elementaries dropped a grade. Other schools maintained last year’s grades.

Andy Dance Re-Elected To Flagler School Board Without Opposition; Others Must Slog It Out

| June 22, 2018

Andy Dance was re-elected to a fourth term. A school board and a Palm Coast council race will be decided in August, others won’t be decided until November.

School Board Rejects $2.5 Million Bid For Palm Coast Parkway Property It Bought For $3.5 Million

| June 22, 2018

The $2.5 million offer was $500,000 higher than the best appraisal of the property. The board split 2-2 on the offer from Michael Collard Properties, who’d offered $1.8 million last year.

For Flagler Students, Slight Declines In English and Math Mask Stronger Gains in the Details

| June 15, 2018

When broken out, the declines tend to be more isolated than systemic, and despite the declines, the district remains above the state average in both English and math.

Flagler Schools’ Problem Solvers Claim Two 1st Places Among 6 Trophies at International Competition

| June 11, 2018

Katia Martynuk of FPC and Michael Mwaura of Indian Trails took first place as Flagler’s students from the two schools also claimed one second-place and three third-place finishes.

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