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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.

New School Board Chairman Trevor Tucker Calls For, and Gets, Half As Many Meetings

| November 23, 2016

Relying on a faulty analogy with Duval County schools, Flagler County School Board Chairman Trevor Tucker wants the number of meetings cut from four to two per month, but wants these to be meatier than they’ve been. The board gave its guarded approval.

Investiture Day: School Board and County Commission Members Old and New Sworn In

| November 22, 2016

Charlie Ericksen, Donald O’Brien and Dave Sullivan were sworn-in at the county commission, Colleen Conklin and Maria Barbosa at the school board in a pair of ceremonies that marked the more pronounced changes in local government resulting from the November election.

School Board Chairman Colleen Conklin On the Trump Election: “Words Matter”

| November 22, 2016

In light of the swastika incident at Palm Coast’s Imagine School and many other hurtful or vile statements during the election campaign, the school board chairman calls on local leaders to denounce messages that erode trust and respect.

Revered School District Administrator Is Baker Acted Outside Government Services Building

| November 17, 2016

Hearts are breaking at school district offices at the Government Services Building in the wake of an unsettling incident Wednesday afternoon involving Shawn Schmidli, one of the district’s most admired and prized administrators.

Bringer of Joy: Flagler Youth Orchestra In Concert at Auditorium Wednesday With Holst, Handel and Synergy

| November 13, 2016

This is the Youth Orchestra’s 12th season and the first of of its full-orchestra performances this year, with 275 students in five ensembles and the faculty quartet performing some 14 works.

A School Superintendent’s Message Home In Light of Trump’s Victory: Diversity Is Strength

| November 12, 2016

“First and foremost, we must reassure our staff and students that our school buildings are safe places where we truly value and respect every single individual and do not tolerate bullying or hate speech,” wrote Jack R. Smith in a letter to parents of children in Montgomery County public schools.

Matanzas Student Arrested After Becoming Aggressive Toward School Deputy at Lunch

| November 8, 2016

An 18-year-old Matanzas High School student was arrested today at school after a lunch-hour confrontation that started with a student and escalated to involve school staffers and school resource deputies.

Myra Middleton-Valentine, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| October 22, 2016

Myra Middleton-Valentine is a candidate for the Flagler County School Board, running against Paul Anderson, Maria Barbosa, and Sharon Demers. All registered Flagler County voters may cast a ballot in the Aug. 30 primary in this non-partisan race regardless of party affiliation. The winner will be decided on Aug. 30.

Maria Barbosa, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| October 21, 2016

Maria Barbosa is a candidate for the Flagler County School Board, running against Myra Middleton Valentine in the Nov. 8 runoff. Barbosa’s largely plagiarized answers to her first interview, when she unsuccessfully ran in 2014, are reproduced here, as she declined to be interviewed for the current election.

School Board Scraps Part of Thanksgiving Week Off: 2 Make-Up Days Scheduled That Week

| October 18, 2016

Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, November 21 and 22, were to have been part of the week off. Now they’ll be make-up days for students in all Flagler County schools, as will days in March and April.

Taxes Will Stay Flat For Most Property Owners in Flagler and Its Cities in 2017

| September 30, 2016

Taxes have increased in Flagler County and in all five cities, but will be largely offset by a tax decrease in school taxes, while values have increased only marginally.

Divided Over Car Sale at FPC that “Violated” Pact and Precedent, School Board Mulls Next Step

| September 21, 2016

Two school board members charge that an agreement signed with the district on the use of FPC was violated when a car “show” turned into a major car sale, but the board is unclear over what to do next.

School Board’s Conklin “Willfully” Failed to File Disclosure, But Ethics Panel Stops Short of Removing Her From Office

| September 14, 2016

Colleen Conklin took months to file a financial disclosure form and paid a $1,500 fine over it, but an ethics investigation found her failure had been “willful,” and the Florida Ethics Commission could have had grounds to remove Conklin from her Flagler County School Board seat.

School Board Members Blister “Subleasing” of FPC Campus to Out-of-Town Car Dealer, Exposing Problems

| September 8, 2016

This weekend, without the school board’s knowledge, the entire parking lot of Flagler Palm Coast High School will be turned over to Ritchey Auto of Daytona Beach in a giant car and boat sale that has angered local car dealers and school board members, exposing flaws in the district’s use-of-facilities policy.

6 Students Implicated in “Detailed Plan to Attack” Flagler Palm Coast High School, No Arrests

| September 8, 2016

Six students were at Flagler Palm Coast High School were tied Wednesday to what a district spokesperson described as “a detailed plan to conduct a coordinated plot against Flagler Palm Coast High School.” The alleged plot was to have involved guns.

At Rymfire Elementary, Response to a Child’s Scar Comes Unglued and Leads to a Lawsuit

| September 7, 2016

A 1st-grader at Rymfire Elementary came home with a bleeding head from a scar that her mother claims was treated improperly by an unqualified staffer, while the school never called the parent to let her know her child was being treated.

Flagler School District Sued Over Allegation of A Child-on-Child Sex Battery at Old Kings VPK

| August 11, 2016

The allegation dates from a May 2015 incident in which two VPK students are alleged to have touched or kissed the genitals of a third, and that the alleged assailants were allowed to return to Old Kings Elementary, though not in the same classroom as the alleged victim.

Sharon Demers, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 8, 2016

Sharon Demers is a candidate for the Flagler County School Board, running against Paul Anderson, Maria Barbosa, and Myra Middleton-Valentine. All registered Flagler County voters may cast a ballot in the Aug. 30 primary in this non-partisan race regardless of party affiliation. The winner will be decided on Aug. 30.

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

| August 6, 2016

Paul Anderson is a candidate for the Flagler County School Board, running against Sharon Demers, Maria Barbosa, and Myra Middleton-Valentine. All registered Flagler County voters may cast a ballot in the Aug. 30 primary in this non-partisan race regardless of party affiliation. The winner will be decided on Aug. 30.

Jason Sands, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 5, 2016

Jason Sands is a candidate for the Flagler County School Board, running against Colleen Conklin All registered Flagler County voters may cast a ballot in the Aug. 30 primary in this non-partisan race regardless of party affiliation. The winner will be decided on Aug. 30.

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