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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.

In a First, FPC’s Bulldog Patrol Presents Safety Plan to Marjorie Stoneman Commission, Drawing Raves and Calls to Scale Statewide

| April 10, 2019

A six-student team of problem solvers presented their student-centered safety plan to the state commission established after the Parkland school massacre, and were asked by several commission members to spread their plan statewide, including at the Broward school.

Classrooms as Career Incubators: Flagler School District Showcases Students’ Paths to Local Jobs

| April 9, 2019

The Flagler County school district showcased its 21 flagship programs at 10 schools, each designed to give students means to experience careers first-hand while completing academic requirements.

FPC Student Charged With Threatening School Shooting Was Twice Charged With Raping Young Children

| April 5, 2019

James G. Cooke III, the 17-year-old Flagler Palm Coast High School student charged on Thursday night with a felony for allegedly making a video SnapChat threat of shooting up an unspecified school, was twice before charged with raping children, according to arrest records.

Snapchat Video Threatening a School Shooting Leads to 17-Year-Old FPC Student’s Arrest

| April 5, 2019

A 17-year-old Flagler Palm Coast High School student was arrested just before midnight Thursday after a Snapchat video sent under the name “Jimmy Boy,” showing ammunition and a message–“I’m ready to shoot up the school”–was detected by a county resident and traced back to the student.

It’s All About ‘Alignment’ Between Schools, Colleges and Jobs, Local Education Leaders Tell Flagler Businesses

| March 28, 2019

The Flagler Chamber of Commerce roughly once a year devotes one of its Common Ground breakfasts to spotlight local education’s major players, as it did this morning at Palm Coast’s Hilton Garden Inn.

Flagler Claims School Funding Formula Has Unfairly Penalized the District for Years. A Controversial Bill Could Change That.

| March 28, 2019

Flagler was receiving $300 less per student than the average $7,200 per-student share because of the so-called District Cost Differential, which takes a complicated set of “amenities” into account to divvy up state education dollars.

Judge Rules School Boards Must Provide Security Officers to Charter Schools Just As They Do Their Own

| March 12, 2019

In a decision that could have statewide implications, an administrative law judge Tuesday ruled that the Palm Beach County School Board is required to assign safety officers to charter schools under a law passed last year.

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Judge John Van Laningham sided with Renaissance Charter School Inc., which operates six schools in Palm […]

FPC’s Problem Solvers Will Present Their School-Safety Initiative to Marjory Stoneman Douglas Commission

| March 5, 2019

Members of the Flagler Palm Coast High School Community Problem Solving Group “FPC Bulldog Patrol” have been invited to present their project to the next meeting of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission, April 9-10, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

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.

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