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Gov. Scott Faces Increasing Pressure to Veto Education Bill, Including From Flagler District

| May 17, 2017

The Flagler County School Board joined its voice to a growing chorus of demands from across the state that Gov. Rick Scott veto a massive education bill opponents consider damaging to school districts.

James Tager Clear Favorite for Superintendent as Stilted Process Nears Vote Tonight

| May 2, 2017

Flagler County School Board members left little doubt in a 50-minute discussion this morning that Volusia County’s James Tager is by far their first choice. But the process has been starkly constrained.

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.

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.

Even Withdrawn, Orndorff’s Name Pervades Superintendent Search, and Accents Divide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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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