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Maj. David O’Brien Replaces Chief Look as Sheriff Fleming’s 2nd in Command

| February 29, 2012

Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming appointed Maj. David O’Brien, a 29-year-veteran of the department, his chief deputy, replacing Rick Look, who left the agency he’d served since 2005 late last year.

State Attorney Files 1st Degree Felony Charge Against Fischer in Hit-and-Run Case

| February 28, 2012

Jamesine Fischer, the wife of Flagler County School Board member John Fischer, faces 30 years in prison if convicted of the felony charge involving the death of Francoise Pecqueur, the 76-year-old woman struck by Fischer’s PT Cruiser on Columbia Lane in Palm Coast in November.

Arrest Report Details Fischer Trying to “Mislead Medical Personnel and Bystanders”

| February 25, 2012

Three times at the scene, where 76-year-old Francoise Pecqueur lay bleeding, and again when she called 911, Jamesine Fischer said she’d seen Pecqueur fall, that she’d noticed her lying in the grass, and that she herself had hit a dog, but not Pecqueur, Fischer’s arrest report states.

Wrongful Death Case Against Jamesine Fischer: Insurer Settles for $1.25 Million

| February 9, 2012

Jamesine Fischer, the 55-year-old wife of Flagler County School Board member John Fischer, was served with a wrongful death lawsuit on Jan. 27 after striking Francoise Pecqueur with her PT Cruiser in November, and not immediately reporting the accident. Pecqueur died two days later.

In Quiet Coda to Controversy, School Board Unanimously Approves Uniform Policy Details

| February 7, 2012

The new uniform policy makes broad allowances for color, types of clothing and shoes, but makes the wearing of IDs compulsory in all middle and high schools. The policy goes in effect next fall.

Sheriff Embroiled in Questionable Calls, Complicating Case of Walker’s Death; Suit Filed

| February 6, 2012

As the investigation continues in the death of Francoise Pequeur, 76, after she was struck by the card driven by School Board member John Fischer’s wife, Sheriff Don Fleming is finding himself in a thorny situation after exchanging six calls with John Fischer.

Flip-Flops OK, Tuck-In Not Required: District’s Uniform Policy Will Be Relatively Permissive

| January 25, 2012

The Flagler school board met this morning to iron out the wording of its new “uniform dress code” policy, which merely tightens existing standards rather than imposes a rigid uniform standard.

Full Text of Proposed Uniform Policy for Flagler County Schools

| January 25, 2012

The full text of the proposed “uniform dress code” policy the Flagler County School board agreed to on Jan. 25, and is scheduled to vote on adopting, at its Jan. 31 meeting.

Flagler School Board Adopts Uniforms on 3-2 Vote But Only Vaguely Defines What It Means

| January 17, 2012

The Flagler County School Board’s 3-2 decision to institute uniforms in all schools Tuesday evening was only vaguely defined beyond what may be only a somewhat more stringent dress code than the one in effect now.

The Live Poll: 53% Against Uniforms

| January 17, 2012

Should the Flagler school board adopt a uniform policy? Out of more than 700 responses, the verdict is 53 percent against as the school board prepares to vote on the issue Tuesday evening.

School Uniforms at Osceola Public Schools? You Be the Judge: An Image Gallery

| January 10, 2012

The Osceola policy is actually a dress code, and a rather lenient one at that: the photos lay bare the Osceola school district’s uniform policy as the Flagler school board prepares to decide whether to implement such a policy locally on Jan. 17.

Flagler Delegation Discovers Varieties of School Uniform Experiences in Osceola Visit

| January 10, 2012

As the Flagler County School Board prepares for a vote on school uniforms next week, a dozen Flagler school officials visiting Osceola schools Tuesday found out that even there, uniforms are are merely dressed up dress code rather than the strict regulations usually associated with uniforms.

Uniform Fashion Show Punctuates School District’s Last Forum Before Final Policy Vote

| December 7, 2011

The show, during a forum meant to be more even-handed than shilling, was designed to give an audience of about 45 some idea of what the uniforms might look like, if the school board–currently favoring the policy 3-2–finally ratifies the initiative on Jan. 17.

School Bus Ruled Out in Alex Taylor’s Fatal Hit-and-Run; Finding Culprit Unlikely

| November 28, 2011

A surveillance video on the grounds of the Flagler County Courthouse helped authorities rule out Flagler school buses and detect a large rig that passed by the scene two minutes before the buses did.

Our School District’s Uniform Follies

| November 20, 2011

The Flagler County School Board’s push for uniforms is out of touch with the county’s struggling families and plundered budgets and revealing of a board too prone to selling out to charter-school gimmickry.

Town Hall on School Uniforms Draws Out Big Opposition; Decision Set for Jan. 3

| November 15, 2011

John Fischer, the school board member pushing for school uniforms, did not attend the meeting at the Flagler Auditorium, which drew some 150 people, a third of whom spoke–with a 5-to-1 margin opposing uniforms.

Françoise Pecqueur, Struck By School Board Member’s Wife, Dies 2 Days Short of 77

| November 14, 2011

Françoise Pecqueur was walking her dog in Palm Coast’s C-section the evening of Nov. 10 when she was struck by a a car driven by Jamesine Fischer, wife of John Fischer, the Flagler County School Board member. The incident is now a homicide investigation.

Invoking Migration to Charters, A Split Flagler School Board Favors Move Toward Uniforms

| October 18, 2011

Reacting in part to a pronounced migration of students to charter schools in the county–and in part to its own leanings–the Flagler school board Tuesday agreed to solicit parental input in preparation for a uniform policy.

School Uniforms as Contrived Regulation: 10 Answers to the Flagler School Board

| October 18, 2011

School uniform FAQ: Nancy Nally, a local parent and writer, lays out 10 reasons why the Flagler County School Board should not adopt school uniforms. The board is discussing the matter later this afternoon.

At Public Forum on Sex Education, Passionate Opinions and Reprimands, But No Consensus

| April 8, 2011

Some 40 people spoke out of the 100 who showed up at the school district’s forum on what direction sex education should take. The disappointing turnout underscored the board’s point–that parents are uninvolved, making the district’s role more vital.

Campaign Notes: Dwyer Backs Craig, Sword and Fischer Vie for Teachers’ Attention

| October 28, 2010

Craig and Horrox in the circuit court race and Sword and Fischer in the school board race make their final pitches with radio appearances and a television ad from Sword, while others continue to press for the ballot measure on continuing the .25-mill school tax.

In School Board Race, a Clash of Clarity And Fact Between Fischer and Sword

| October 20, 2010

John Fischer makes wild, often incoherent claims and exaggerations, betting, correctly, that his audiences won’t verify what he says. Sword is about clarity and rational analysis.

Ending 8 Years on the Flagler School Board, Evie Shellenberger Endorses Raven Sword

| October 7, 2010

Citing Raven Sword’s clear vision and analytical abilities, Evie Shellenberger said Sword was preferable to John Fischer’s poor grasp of issues and misunderstanding of a school board member’s role.

Inaccurately and Incoherently, Fischer Opposes School Tax Measure; Sword Favors It

| September 23, 2010

The two school board candidates differ sharply in their awareness and understanding of a proposed school tax referendum on the November 2 ballot, with Fischer calling himself “confused” about it.

The Money Race: Five Flagler School Board Candidates Raise a Combined $32,900

| August 23, 2010

District 5 candidate Raven Sword is the fund-raising leader when candidates’ own money is excluded. She also drew the largest number of contributors by far, with 130.

The Live Q&A: School Board Candidates In Their Own Words (and Occasional Evasions)

| August 22, 2010

The FlaglerLive Q&A was designed to draw candidates away from campaign generalities and cliches and to compel clearly stated positions on a dozen relevant issues.

Raven Sword, School Board District 5 Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 22, 2010

Raven Sword, an attorney, is running from District 5 with the backing of former school board member Jim Guines.

Peter Peligian, School Board District 5 Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 22, 2010

Peter Peligian, running from District 5, a retailer, cagey on two serious, previous issues, remained cagey in his interview.

John Fischer, School Board District 5 Candidate: The Live Interview (2010)

| August 22, 2010

John Fischer, running from District 5, is a Knights of Columbus field agent whom Evie Schellenberger defeated when he challenger her four years ago.

Trevor Tucker, School Board District 3 Candidate: The Live Interview (2010)

| August 22, 2010

Trevor Tucker is running from District 3 against Marc Ray. Tucker was appointed in January to fill the seat once occupied by the late Peter Palmer.


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