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School Bus Driver Cited For Carelessness in Crash After “Clearly” Violating Right-Of-Way

| April 27, 2017

Wilrick A. Woods, 60, got a $166 citation for careless driving after driving his school bus in the path of an SUV, whose driver suffered severe injuries in a crash Monday.

Short of Stellar, FPC and Matanzas Earn Bronze and Silver in U.S. News’ High School Rankings

| April 26, 2017

Matanzas came in at 160 in the state and 2,297 in the nation, getting silver, FPC came in at 183 in the state and did not get a national ranking, though its IB program’s achievements were not calculated as in previous years’ rankings.

Flagler Schools Superintendent Interviews: James Tager

| April 20, 2017

James Tager, the closest thing to a home-grown candidate for the Flagler County School Superintendent job, projected confidence, fluent knowledge of local and state issues and quite a bit of familiarity with Flagler schools.

Flagler Schools Superintendent Interviews: Gerald Wilson

| April 20, 2017

In approach and demeanor, Gerald Wilson echoed Janet Valentine, the superintendent who preceded Jacob Oliva: not much excitability or charisma, but solid knowledge and deference to process.

Flagler Schools Superintendent Interviews: Jeff Umbaugh

| April 20, 2017

Jeff Umbaugh was energetic, congenial, discursive, fast-talking, quick to take verbal tangents or make the occasional humorous aside, but mostly, he spoke in generalities and clichés.

Rocky Superintendent Search Jarred Again as Phyllis Edwards Withdraws Candidacy

| April 18, 2017

With the latest top candidate to drop out, the Flagler County School Board’s search for a new superintendent is turning into a poorly scripted season of Survivor.

2 Teens Face Felonies For Firing BB Gun at Full School Bus and Vehicles on Belle Terre

| April 13, 2017

There were 40 students returning from Bunnell Elementary when the school bus was the target of boys allegedly firing a BB and an air soft gun at the vehicle on Belle Terre Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

As One More Name Drops Out, Board Settles On 4 Candidates For Superintendent Interviews

| April 11, 2017

James Tager, the principal at Atlantic High School in Volusia County, is the front-runner, getting all five board members’ nod, in an otherwise more fractured field as yet another top candidate dropped out.

Eyes on International Prizes, Flagler’s Problem Solvers Launch Flocking Fund-Raising Season

| April 11, 2017

Two mayors, two county commissioners and a school board member gathered Monday for the launch of Flagler Schools’ Future Problem Solvers’ fund-raising season to help send 51 students to international competition in Wisconsin in June.

Even Withdrawn, Orndorff’s Name Pervades Superintendent Search, and Accents Divide

| April 4, 2017

A divide between those favoring internal candidates over those favoring the broader search continues to inform the Flagler County School Board’s superintendent hiring process even after the only internal candidate withdrew his name.

In Superintendent Search, Five Accomplished Candidates From Near and Far Make Shortlist

| March 29, 2017

The shortlist, drawn up Tuesday evening, includes a Palm Coast resident with a long history in Flagler schools, a Volusia County principal, a Clay County administrator and two candidates from Kentucky.

Flagler Schools Lose the Only Internal Applicant for Top Job as Vernon Orndorff Takes Post in Texas

| March 28, 2017

Orndorff has been one of the quieter, unassuming forces of the school district, had been a leading candidate to be superintendent. His departure creates more of a wild-card opening for the remaining three dozen or so applicants.

Two Students Involved In Exaggerated Gun Threat at Buddy Taylor Middle School

| March 28, 2017

Texts alleging a gun threat at Buddy Taylor but that are apparently a month old have resurfaced in the past 24 hours, causing concern at school and the apprehension of at least one student.

Superintendent’s Job Draws Just 41 Applicants, And A Few Stand-Outs After All

| March 20, 2017

The district’s Vernon Orndorff is the only local applicant. He faces definite competition from Phyllis Edwards, a former assistant superintendent in Flagler, and Todd Sprager, the principal at Spruce Creek High School in Volusia.

“Insulted” By Chairman Tucker’s Grip On Information Flow, School Board’s Conklin Calls For Rethink Of Rules

| March 10, 2017

Flagler School Board member Colleen Conklin wanted the board and staff to review a state report. Trevor Tucker objected, absent a majority of the board agreeing. That caused an unusual clash and rethink of etiquette on the board.

At Belle Terre Elementary, 60 Readers Get In Black History Groove With Ellington, Tar Beach and Even Cops

| February 23, 2017

Belle Terre Principal Terence Culver wanted to atone for ignoring Black History Month for five years by hosting a read-in featuring community leaders including the sheriff, many cops and firefighters, school board members, the Palm Coast mayor and many more.

Survey Gives You Chance To Tell Flagler School Board What You Want In Next Superintendent

| February 16, 2017

As part of its search to replace Superintendent Jacob Oliva, the board is making an electronic survey available to residents, including school employees and students, and seeking as much participation as possible.

Woody’s Joe Rizzo Named Director of Flagler Education Foundation, Replacing Williams

| February 10, 2017

Joe Rizzo, a Flagler native and part-owner of several local restaurants, will diminish his role there to take up the full-time job at the foundation, on whose board he’s served for eight years, one of them as president.

School Board Adopts Hasty Plan to Hire Next Superintendent in Broad Search By May 2

| February 10, 2017

The Flagler School Board Friday approved a want-ad and using the Florida School Board Association to lead the search, marginalizing what influence a local advisory committee may have and replicating the speedy process adopted three years ago.

Divided School Board Blocks Internal Hire of Next Superintendent, Opting for Fast Search

| February 1, 2017

In a 3-2 split, Flagler School Board members opted against cutting short the search for Superintendent Jacob Oliva with an immediate, internal hire despite the risks of an expedited, broader search to fill the position by June 1.

Why Are Flagler Schools Talking Rezoning Despite 2,000 Empty Seats? One Word: Choice

| January 18, 2017

Old Kings and Belle Terre elementaries are overcapacity because they’ve allowed too many out-of-zone students to enroll. Some Board members want limits on such “choice” enrollments before rezoning takes place.

School Board’s 1st Step in Replacing Jacob Oliva: Figuring Out How Broad of a Search

| January 18, 2017

The Flagler School Board wants to hear from the state board association whether it should seek help through that route, though it intends to appoint a local citizen’s search committee as well.

Flagler Superintendent Jacob Oliva Is Named Florida Vice Chancellor for K-12 Education, Will Leave in June

| January 14, 2017

Superintendent Jacob Oliva’s three-year tenure has been largely controversy-free and saw the expansion of technology and classroom-to-career programs. He leaves in May.

School Board’s Trevor Tucker Mulls Run for Tax Collector, Nate McLaughlin Eyes House Seat

| January 4, 2017

School Board member Trevor Tucker confirmed he was considering a run for tax collector in four years, and if so would not run for school board again in 2018, while Commissioner Nate McLaughlin has his eyes on Paul Renner’s House seat in 2022.

Flagler School Board Finds New Way to Recite The Pledge: With Pixels and iPhone For All

| December 20, 2016

In a retreat at Cattlemen’s Hall on the county fairgrounds today, the Flagler School Board faced a dilemma: there was no flag to which to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. A minor debate ensued, then Superintendent Jacob Oliva found a solution.

In “Retreat,” Flagler School Board Meets to Revamp Its Rules as Tucker Seeks Streamlining

| December 20, 2016

The public is not likely to detect too many changes, other than the obvious reduction in actual meetings, which will be cut in half. But more subtle changes will be apparent.

Flagler Schools’ Bus Drivers and Nurses, Among Others, Finally Get Modest Pay Increase

| December 8, 2016

Bus drivers, among the lowest paid employees in the district, will get a $2-an-hour raise, nurses will get a $3.65-an-hour increase, improving recruiting in those positions. Administrators, too, are getting a raise: 25 cents an hour.

Two FPC Students Involved In Feared Plot Against the School Face Felony Charges

| December 7, 2016

Two of the six students suspended from school after the feared plot was uncovered in September were charged with making false bomb threats and apparently expelled from school today, but have not been arrested.

Sheriff Meets With FPC and Matanzas Students On Timely Issues But Again Gives Neither Public Nor Press Notice

| December 1, 2016

It was the sixth time Sheriff Jim Manfre held “One Common Ground” meetings with community members, and the sixth time his office neglected to publicly notice the meetings or inform local media so they could be properly reported.

Lawyers Cut Trenches in Case Involving Kids’ Sexual Improprieties at Old Kings Elementary VPK

| November 29, 2016

The case now in Flagler circuit court potentially opens a window onto a relatively new world of early childhood education, but one with little of the regulations or oversight that attends K-12 programs.

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