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All Flagler Elementary Schools Will Have School Cops This Year, Even as SRD Total Won’t Change

| July 17, 2014

The Flagler School district approved a plan that spreads its five full-time School Resource Deputies between 11 schools, reducing FPC’s cops to one full-timer, with the other dividing time between three elementary schools, and cops at two middle schools covering an elementary school each.

Flagler District Shelves School-Cop Posting in All Elementaries, Reverting to Previous Plan

| July 10, 2013

Not expecting another case of a parent privately paying for a school cop, the Flagler County School Board Tuesday evening gave its approval to the district’s new contract with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office to provide six school resource deputies at high and middle schools only, and seven crossing guards, for the duration of the school year.

Flagler Tea Party Spreads False and Misleading Claims as It Declares Against School Tax

| May 31, 2013

The Tea Party’s opposition to the referendum is based on flawed, misleading or outright false information, which the school district has been at pains to counter or correct. The fate of the June 7 referendum may hinge on the district’s success—or failure—in that counter-offensive.

Property Appraiser Gardner: Correcting the Record on School Taxes and the Referendum

| May 29, 2013

In an endorsement of the half-mill school tax levy, Flagler County Property Appraiser James Gardner responds to claims that the school district has “continually increased our taxes. Based upon factual information, this is simply not true.” He shows why.

Flagler’s School Tax Referendum: An Opposing View

| May 15, 2013

Adding to a growing debate over the June 7 Flagler County School Board tax referendum, Brad West argues against the levy, saying the district taxes constituents enough as it is, while the “cup-of-coffee-per-month” argument is a more expensive proposition than the board claims.

Ending 3rd Budget Drag-Out in 8 Days, School Board Settles on $1.8 Million in Cuts

| May 14, 2013

After 13 hours of at times harrowing debate, the Flagler County School Board by Tuesday evening settled on $1.8 million in cuts, sparing most programs but not Everest alternative school. The cuts will be restored should voters approve a tax referendum on June 7.

Andy Dance: Why I Will Vote “Yes” On the School Tax Referendum

| May 14, 2013

“I will vote for the half mill, and I ask those that are on the fence or are leaning “no” to reconsider,” writes Andy Dance, the Flagler County School Board chairman, who has himself reconsidered his earlier opposition to the full .50-mill tax referendum. He explains why.

School Board Chairman’s Q&A on Flagler District’s 0.5-Mil Tax Referendum on June 7

| May 14, 2013

Flagler County School Board Chairman Andy Dance has been taking and answering questions on the referendum, on June 7, proposing to raise property taxes modestly to ensure the continuation of certain academic programs. The full Q&A is published here.

Closing Schools a Possibility With or Without Referendum as District Closes Budget Gap

| May 9, 2013

The Flagler County School Board found the $1.8 million in cuts it needed to balance its books Thursday, but was also told that closing Indian Trails Middle, Wadsworth Elementary or Old Kings Elementary may become necessary by 2014-15 if enrollment declines persist.

Flagler School District Hones Its Sales Pitch for New Tax Ahead of June 7 Referendum

| April 22, 2013

The Flagler school district is campaigning for the June 7 referendum on a new property tax for schools with a “You Decide” approach that emphasizes restoring time to the school day and reinforcing school security in spite of cuts in state funding.

Flagler School Board Approves Posting Cops at All Elementary Schools Through Year’s End

| February 5, 2013

The doubling of cops to cover all of Flagler County’s 11 public schools would bring the total school-cop program cost to between $1 million and $1.2 million. The district’s share would be less than half, but would still require dipping into savings–or cutting programs–because the district has no money budgeted for additional security.

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