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School District Seeks to Reassure Flagler Parents Disaffected Over Reorganization Affecting 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Details Behind 6th Grader at Center of Bunnell School Incident Point To a “Gun,” a Troubled History and Family

| March 8, 2018

The 6th grader at the center of the alleged gun incident by a Bunnell Elementary playground has had a history of suspensions and an unstable home life.

Sheriff and Superintendent Pledge to Double School Deputies as They Outline New Normal
Of Campus Security

| March 8, 2018

School deputies will be increased to 13, with two at each high school and one in every elementary school, while a series of other security measures are implemented in a reflection of post-Parkland massacre norms.

Suspended Student Feared To Have a Weapon at Bunnell Elementary Fence Triggers Alert, and Arrest

| March 7, 2018

A student who’d been suspended earlier in the day is facing arrest for assault was seen at a Bunnell Elementary fence with what looked like a weapon near dismissal time Wednesday afternoon, causing a lockdown.

School Board Will Yet Again Try To Sell Corporate One Property Off Palm Coast Parkway

| March 7, 2018

The school board will most likely have to sell the 7-acre property–now without a building–at a loss, after owning it since 2003 but for far more trouble than it was worth.

For Sheriff and Flagler Schools, Clear Accord: No to Arming Teachers, Yes to More Deputies

| March 5, 2018

At a joint news conference later this week, Sheriff Rick Staly and Superintendent Jim Tager will outline new security measures and initiatives and a plan for additional school deputies, but no weaponizing of teachers.

“Do 17 Good Deeds”
Many Join Students Marching Across Flagler Beach Bridge For Gun Sense and Safety

| March 2, 2018

A march of about 200 people across the Flagler Beach Bridge drew students, faculty, administrators and politicians and ended in a brief stand at First Friday for safety measures in schools.

In 1st Forum of Season, School Board Candidates Discourse Rather Than Debate

| February 7, 2018

Four of the five candidates running for Flagler County School Board have served 24 years between them and want to serve more. The fifth has never been in office.

Grant Will Fund Vocational Help For More Than a Dozen Students at FPC and Matanzas

| February 1, 2018

A legislatively chartered organization granted FPC and Matanzas $22,000 for the vocational program through the Flagler Education Foundation.

Rymfire Elementary’s Kate Sturman and District’s Ariana Perez Get Top School Honors

| January 12, 2018

Rymfire Elementary School Teacher Kate Sturman was named Flagler County Schools’ Teacher of the Year, Ariana Perez was named District Employee of the Year.

74% Success Rate of FPC’s IB Class of 2017 Tops World Average as School Honors Graduates in Ceremony

| January 2, 2018

Flagler Palm Coast High School’s International Baccalaureate Class of 2017 had the highest success rate in the program’s history, barring a much smaller inaugural class.

FPC Marks Football Team’s Perfect Season, a Superior Band for 15 Years, and a 14-Year-Old Champion

| December 19, 2017

The Flagler County School Board meeting Tuesday turned into an evening of celebrations of historic achievements for so many that the meeting had to be moved to the Flagler Auditorium.

District Picks 100 Parents to Pilot App That Monitors and Controls Their Child’s Computer

| December 19, 2017

Through a free app called Mosyle, parents will have the ability to control and lock down their child’s school issued device, with all parents given access by next fall.

Flagler Education Foundation’s Connect Bus Showcases School District’s Tech Evolution

| November 29, 2017

The Connect Bus, which just scored a $15,000 donation from Ameris Bank, is appearing more and more around town, a school district showcase of evolving classroom technology.

Threat of Violence at FPC, Mirroring Pranks Elsewhere, Prompts Heightened Cop Presence

| November 17, 2017

The threat of violence in a boys’ bathroom told students not to show up today at FPC. It is similar to threats made at schools elsewhere on social media.

School Taxes Would Rise To Pay For Per-Student Increase, But Formula Could Further Hurt Flagler

| November 16, 2017

Flagler is the 6th-highest taxed district in the state, by legislative formula, yet gets back the 65th lowest dollars per student. A governor proposal to increase education funding could make that worse for the district.

Sheriff Staly and Superintendent Tager Involved in Minor 3-Vehicle Crash

| October 27, 2017

Superintendent Jim Tager rear-ended a pick-up truck that rear-ended the sheriff’s SUV when a driver in front of the sheriff abruptly stopped through a green light, causing the wreck.

Sewer Water Bubbling Out At Bus Stops Alarming Parents and School District

| October 6, 2017

Palm Coast and school district officials are attempting to get a handle on street locations overcome with sewer water, to caution parents and children, as yet more rain may swell the system.

Historically Low School Tax Will Diminish Effects of Tax Increases in Palm Coast and County

| September 25, 2017

Even though county government, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell are all increasing taxes, homeowners’ bills will not see a steep increase thanks to a lower school tax.

Students Can Rejoice: Only 1 Hurricane Make-Up Day, No Disruption of Thanksgiving Week Off

| September 22, 2017

The district will make up one day on Oct. 16, with three days already accounted for in the existing schedule and two days waived by the state.

Flagler Schools Closed Through Monday; Flooding Complicating Homecoming Across Florida

| September 13, 2017

As evacuees continued to struggle either to make it home or to contend with power cuts, Flagler Schools decided to remain closed until Monday for more clean-up.

Sheltering From Irma in Flagler: 4 Shelters, 3,000 Spots, Food, WiFi, Power And ♥ Left Behind From Students

| September 8, 2017

Here’s what to expect at Flagler County’s four emergency shelters opening at 7 a.m. Saturday, who’s paying for all that food, and what you can stream on WiFi.

School Board Declines $1.8 Million Offer From Island Walk Developer For Old ITT Property

| August 16, 2017

The developer wants to redevelop the area with shops and restaurants, but the school board thinks the price is too low, it hasn’t appraised the property and it won’t sell it if it doesn’t have pressing needs for revenue.

Flagler School District Enters Brave New World of Student Computer Controls and Surveillance

| August 15, 2017

Responding to parents’ concerns, the Flagler school district is rolling out a pair of systems that will vastly increase potential controls and limits on students’ computer usage at school and at home.

Between Umbras and Penumbras, Flagler Schools and Others Ready For Great Eclipse

| August 14, 2017

The greatest solar eclipse to cross the United States since 1918 on Aug. 21 has the Flagler school district and others talking safety, best viewing practices and Palm Coast time checks.

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