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Dwyer-nominated teacher sought by FBI on child porn charges

Dwyer-nominated teacher sought by FBI on child porn charges

A manhunt is underway for a lauded Palm Beach County middle-school teacher who authorities say went on the run in the face of federal charges that he produced and received child pornography, FBI officials announced Wednesday. The victims in the case are multiple, and at least a handful are confirmed to be students in the county’s public schools, Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said...
JUST IN: School bus crashes in Lake Worth

JUST IN: School bus crashes in Lake Worth

A school bus crashed in the north end of the city Wednesday morning, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said. The crash took place at at Worthmore Drive and North East Coast Street, west of Dixie Highway and just south of the West Palm Beach border. The crash was reported just before 7:45 a.m. It was not immediately known whether anyone was injured. Check back for details on this breaking story.

Florida House scales back school vouchers plan

A wide-ranging school choice bill was stripped down before passing a key subcommittee Tuesday, but the shape of the final legislation is still in flux as it nears the House floor. The proposal (HB 15), filed by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, began the day as a bill that would touch the state’s three major school-choice programs. But after a pair of amendments offered by Sullivan, the...
PBC school choice acceptance emails go out Friday

PBC school choice acceptance emails go out Friday

The prized tickets into Palm Beach County’s school choice programs will go out via email Friday, March 31 beginning at 4 p.m. About 21,000 students applied for those seats, and just over half of them will land a seat in their first or second choice. (Corrected from earlier version that said April 1) The district has more than 300 programs in its elementary, middle and high schools and only...
Boynton Beach High valedictorian sets sights on aerospace engineering

Boynton Beach High valedictorian sets sights on aerospace engineering

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Samuel Midden, 17 Samuel Midden started freshman year at the rank of 45. His goal was to eventually be in the top 10 percent of his class at Boynton Beach High School. After some key adjustments, he realized at the beginning of junior year that he could actually not just be in the top, but be the top of his class. Working hard and studying, he moved up to the top spot in the last...
Jupiter High student earns top honors at Harvard debate tournament

Jupiter High student earns top honors at Harvard debate tournament

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS JUPITER HIGH Haleigh McGirt competed at the Harvard University High School Speech and Debate Tournament recently and walked off with top honors as the Program Oral Interpretation champion. ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Kindergarten Round Up is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the school cafeteria. Parents and their incoming kindergartners are invited to see the school, meet the teachers...
Wellington High theater students to stage ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Wellington High theater students to stage ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

WELLINGTON HIGH Theater students will present the musical comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone” at 7 p.m. April 6-8. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for students. DREYFOOS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS Band Aid, a benefit for the Band Department, will take place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 6 at EMKO, 2119 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. Music students will perform at the event, and a portion of the proceeds...
POST TIME: West Palm Beach’s black-only Industrial High has centennial

POST TIME: West Palm Beach’s black-only Industrial High has centennial

Readers: It’s always with pride, albeit tempered, that blacks recall their days at their old high schools — segregated schools. At least they had schools. But not right away. This year marks the centennial of the establishment of Palm Beach County’s first high school for blacks. Industrial Junior and Senior High School, near Tamarind Avenue and Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, opened...
West Palm school celebrates rich history on 50th birthday

West Palm school celebrates rich history on 50th birthday

In 1997, Leslie Millar entered the halls of Wynnebrook Elementary not knowing it would be her home for the next 20 years. From the beginning, Miller found herself immersed in a school culture that prided itself on meeting the needs of its students. If a child came to school and couldn’t see the board, the faculty made sure the child was taken to the eye doctor to get glasses. If children needed...
Hectic schedule helps Suncoast valedictorian maintain balance

Hectic schedule helps Suncoast valedictorian maintain balance

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Jacqueline Chen, 18 For those high-schoolers who blame their schedules on why their grades might not be so great, check out what Jacqueline Chen does each and every day. Chen is an 18-year-old who takes advanced classes at Suncoast Community High School and spends her nights studying as much as she can before she dozes off to sleep. She’s a dancer – experienced in ballet...
Spanish River High theater students bring ‘Rock of Ages’ to stage

Spanish River High theater students bring ‘Rock of Ages’ to stage

SPANISH RIVER HIGH The Theater Arts Department presents “Rock of Ages” at 7 p.m. April 21 and 22, with a 2 p.m. show on April 23. For information or to buy tickets, visit www.spanishrivertheater.org CHRISTA MCAULIFFE MIDDLE The Chorus will present a spring musical program at 6 p.m. today at the school, 6500 Le Chalet Blvd., Boynton Beach. Admission is free. BRIEFLY Lottery selections will...
Property tax debate looms for Florida education budget

Property tax debate looms for Florida education budget

The House and Senate made opening bids Tuesday on boosting public-school spending, with the Senate unveiling a proposal to increase per-student funding by roughly 10 times what the House is offering. But the upper chamber’s heftier increase is built in large part on allowing local property taxes to increase with property values, something that is a non-starter for the House and could become...
Kindergarten ‘Round Ups’ have begun in PBC

Kindergarten ‘Round Ups’ have begun in PBC

The next school year doesn’t begin until Aug. 14, 2017, but for the parents of soon-to-be-kindergarteners it is time to get acquainted with your child’s school.
Claims bill would raise caps on court awards against local governments

Claims bill would raise caps on court awards against local governments

Two House members are seeking to make far-reaching changes to the process by which the state and local governments pay out claims for deaths, injuries, and wrongful imprisonment. Under current law, a legal doctrine known as “sovereign immunity” requires the Legislature to approve payment of any claim against the state or local governments in excess of $300,000 before it can be paid. Though...
Florida Senate delays school testing bill amid GOP rift

Florida Senate delays school testing bill amid GOP rift

Republican divisions on standardized testing temporarily scuttled a bill aimed at cutting back on the number of exams students face in public schools, though Senate leaders said they believed a vote Monday would not completely derail action on the issue. The Senate Education Committee voted narrowly Monday to postpone action on the measure (SB 926), one of several dealing with testing during this...

House plan would end state pay for university foundations’ staff

The Florida House is pushing for $164 million in budget cuts in its initial higher-education budgets. Under a plan outlined by the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee on Monday, universities would see a $110 million cut, while state colleges would face $61 million in reductions. Small increases in other higher-education programs, including workforce education and private colleges, lowers...
This WPB elementary teacher is a “LifeChanger of the Year”

This WPB elementary teacher is a “LifeChanger of the Year”

She mentors younger teachers. She delivers meals to needy students’ homes. She raises money for the safety patrols’ annual Washington trip. She even runs a bike-repair shop to fix students’ bikes. For these reasons and more, Palmetto Elementary School teacher Michele Mohl has been named one of 16 awardees in the national “LifeChanger of the Year” awards. Selected from...
Despite high scores, many minority students passed over for AP classes

Despite high scores, many minority students passed over for AP classes

Black and Hispanic students with promising test scores are far less likely than similarly skilled white students to be enrolled in college-level classes in Palm Beach County’s public high schools, a disparity that school district leaders blame in part on “implicit bias” in the schools. Black male juniors and seniors whose test scores indicate they could do well in college-level courses...

FAU among 8 Florida universities short on mental health counselors

Eight of the 12 state universities fall below minimum staffing levels for mental-health counselors as the need for counseling services grows on campuses, a new report shows. The university system’s Board of Governors, which has asked for a $7 million increase in mental-health funding in the 2017-2018 budget, will receive an update on the counseling issue during the coming week, as state lawmakers...
Weeks after facing firing, ex-Boca High teacher happy to be back in classroom

Weeks after facing firing, ex-Boca High teacher happy to be back in classroom

After nearly being fired, former Boca Raton High School teacher Samantha Major says she is happy to have returned to the classroom at Spanish River High School.
Even with high scores, many minority students still are passed over for AP classes

Even with high scores, many minority students still are passed over for AP classes

Students work in a college-level marine science class at Wellington’s Palm Beach Central High School in 2015.
Negron warns against Florida universities overusing online classes

Negron warns against Florida universities overusing online classes

One of the benefits of an expansion of online classes in Florida universities is that it gives students more flexibility in balancing their academic loads with extracurricular activities like jobs, student government or clubs. It has helped a University of Central Florida senior devote the majority of her time this spring to her extracurricular activity: serving as a member of the Florida House of...
Florida Senate OKs bill to expand religious expression in schools

Florida Senate OKs bill to expand religious expression in schools

A bill whose sponsor says it is aimed at protecting displays of religious faith in public schools passed the Senate on nearly party-line vote Thursday, while a more-limited version moved toward the House floor. The Senate voted 23-13 to approve its bill (SB 436), after a sometimes-emotional debate. Sen. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, joined Republicans in voting for the legislation. RELATED: Complete Florida...
Typo or trick? Candidate says PBC teachers union ballot likens him to Trump

Typo or trick? Candidate says PBC teachers union ballot likens him to Trump

Only one of these men is Donald J., but the PBC teachers union ballot renamed candidate Donald Persson (right) as Donald J.
Is this Booking.com commercial “teacher-bashing”? A PBC teacher thinks so

Is this Booking.com commercial “teacher-bashing”? A PBC teacher thinks so

A screen shot from Booking.com’s “kindergarten” commercial By now, millions of people probably have seen Booking.
Student actors can take workshops, audition at Jupiter Maltz Theatre

Student actors can take workshops, audition at Jupiter Maltz Theatre

Lottery selections will be announced after 3 p.m. March 31 for the school district’s Choice and Career Options programs. Selections are made by computer-generated lottery, and parents will be notified by email of the results. Maltz Jupiter Theatre will hold its eighth annual First Step to Stardom audition day beginning at 9 a.m. April 22. The day will feature casting for professional productions...
Dreyfoos School of the Arts plans fundraising event for band students

Dreyfoos School of the Arts plans fundraising event for band students

DREYFOOS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS Band Aid, a benefit for the Band Department, will take place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 6 at EMKO, 2119 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. Music students will perform at the event, and a portion of the proceeds from EMKO’s Jereve Restaurant will go to the band. Attendees should mention the school when making dining reservations at 561-227-3511. SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH Information...
Student actors can take workshops, audition at Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Student actors can take workshops, audition at Maltz Jupiter Theatre

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Kindergarten Round Up is 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 5 in the school cafeteria. Parents and their incoming kindergartners are invited to see the school, meet the teachers and register for the upcoming school year. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to be eligible. Call 561-803-7200 for more information. PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY Kindergarten...
Dwyer High valedictorian made top spot her goal in ninth grade

Dwyer High valedictorian made top spot her goal in ninth grade

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Julia VanCora, 18 If you’re about to enter high school and already have a goal of graduating as valedictorian of your school, Julia VanCora wants to let you in on a little secret. Make sure to squeeze some fun into your studies. VanCora should know because she is honored to serve as the 2017 valedictorian for William T. Dwyer High School. It’s a title that this 18-year-old...
Atlantic High valedictorian hopes to fight cancer

Atlantic High valedictorian hopes to fight cancer

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Suraj Padala, 18 Suraj Padala’s goal is to pursue a career in medicine to become an oncologist so he can provide a positive impact on other people’s lives. “Cancer can be a very devastating disease and I would like the opportunity to help families who have been affected by it when I am older,” Padala said. The 18-year-old is valedictorian of Atlantic High...
Seminole Ridge valedictorian aims to pursue career in theater

Seminole Ridge valedictorian aims to pursue career in theater

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Rowan Pelfrey, 17 Rowan Pelfrey is like a lot of other high school students who like to watch television shows and movies about gruesome crimes and hideous characters. But, while most are doing it for the shock value, Pelfrey is paying close attention for a far different reason – she is honestly intrigued. It’s not the blood and the crimes themselves that keep her rapt...

House higher ed bill more lenient than Senate in grad-rate standards

A Florida House committee on Monday endorsed its version of a higher-education reform bill, including expanding Bright Futures scholarships and requiring state universities to begin using “block” tuition. The bill (HB 3), sponsored by Rep. Bryan Avila, R-Hialeah, is the House’s answer to Senate President Joe Negron’s effort (SB 2) to elevate Florida’s higher-education...
Florida short $36 million for school construction unless it borrows

Florida short $36 million for school construction unless it borrows

If Florida lawmakers don’t agree to borrow money to pay for school construction and maintenance projects, they will come up about $36 million short of what state education officials have requested for a key program next year. State economists made their final estimate last week on money available in the 2017-18 fiscal year for the Public Education Capital Outlay, or PECO, program, which is funded...
Avossa to principals: School board members are not your bosses

Avossa to principals: School board members are not your bosses

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post) Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa is reminding principals not to take orders from school board members, pointing out that individual board members don’t have any administrative role in school operations.

POINT OF VIEW Children’s Services Council on board with reading goal

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa correctly said, “We have a lot of ground to cover” to have at least 75 percent of all third-graders reading on grade level in the next five years. (“Avossa sums up year’s successes, challenges for community leaders,” March 10) While that seems like a tall mountain to climb, reaching that goal will, indeed, bring Palm...
Children find Spirit Airlines pilot, wife dead in apparent overdose

Children find Spirit Airlines pilot, wife dead in apparent overdose

Four children found their parents – including their airline pilot father – dead Thursday in their Centerville, Ohio, home in what investigators said appears to be the latest incident in a scourge of drug deaths plaguing Montgomery County and Ohio. >> Read more trending news  The husband, Brian Halye, was an active pilot for Spirit Airlines, flying for them nine years, and captaining...
Slosberg among reps seeking money for security at Jewish schools

Slosberg among reps seeking money for security at Jewish schools

A bipartisan group of House members is pushing a bill that would provide money to help protect Jewish day schools, some of which have been targeted in recent months by anti-Semitic threats and vandalism. Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, Rep. Jason Fischer, R-Jacksonville, Rep. Richard Stark, D-Weston, and Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, are asking for $1.5 million through the Department of Education...
PBC teacher turns tables, gives awards to superintendent, school board

PBC teacher turns tables, gives awards to superintendent, school board

Bear Lakes Middle teacher Betty Wells hands out certificates of appreciation to Superintendent Robert Avossa and school board members.
West Palm Beach teen inspires classmates to exercise, fight obesity

West Palm Beach teen inspires classmates to exercise, fight obesity

These eighth grade students at St. Ann’s Catholic School in downtown West Palm Beach are used to gym class, but this particular instructor leading them through a routine of calisthenics is new - not completely new, since they’ve seen him pretty much every day since the fourth grade. The difference is that, usually, he’s doing the exercises right next to them. “There are a lot...
Poinciana STEM Elementary robotics team headed to world festival event

Poinciana STEM Elementary robotics team headed to world festival event

POINCIANA STEM ELEMENTARY A team of fourth- and fifth-graders will represent South Florida next month in Houston at the FIRST Lego League’s World Festival. The TAZbots earned the Champion Award at the league’s regional tournament held recently at Boynton Beach High, finishing first among 45 robotics teams in South Florida. BRIEFLY Five new programs funded by a three-year, $11.6 million...
Martin School District hosts 43rd annual Music in Our Schools March 23

Martin School District hosts 43rd annual Music in Our Schools March 23

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY Kindergarten Round Up begins at 8:30 a.m. April 4. Parents and their incoming kindergartners are invited to attend. Youngsters must be 5 years old by Sept. 1 to start the 2017-18 school year. ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY The third annual Health and Wellness Expo is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the school cafeteria. The event is open to the public and...
Seminole Ridge High dance marathon surpasses fundraising goal

Seminole Ridge High dance marathon surpasses fundraising goal

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH Under the leadership of Hawk students Rhiannon Boffa and Alina Gale, the third annual dance marathon in support of UF Shands Health Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network surpassed its fundraising goal of $40,000. Faculty sponsor was Shawna Ahmad. The school district’s Department of Choice and Career Options has honored Elizabeth Boutet as its 2017 Career and Technical...
Education bills advancing in House conflict with Senate versions

Education bills advancing in House conflict with Senate versions

Two bills on high-profile education issues that could set up conflicts with the Senate unanimously passed a House panel Tuesday. The House PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee approved legislation aimed at limiting the time spent on testing (HB 773) and safeguarding students’ and teachers’ religious liberties at public schools (HB 303). But the testing proposal, in particular, could run into resistance...
PBC teachers union notifies members about election, omits half the candidates

PBC teachers union notifies members about election, omits half the candidates

PBC teachers union tried to remove half of its presidential candidates

PBC teachers union tried to remove half of its presidential candidates

The campaign to elect the Palm Beach County teachers union’s next leader has been upended by union officials’ attempts to disqualify half of the eight candidates, moves that prompted appeals, reversals and eventually a delay of the election. In the past two months, four of the eight teachers vying to be the union’s president were removed from the race for alleged violations of campaign...
Florida state colleges balk at drastic budget cuts proposed by Senate

Florida state colleges balk at drastic budget cuts proposed by Senate

State college presidents on Friday expressed dismay that the 28-school system is being targeted for three-quarters of the cuts in the Florida Senate’s initial plan to trim $131 million in higher-education spending. “It is of great concern that the first thing out of the chute is a 74 percent reduction impacting the Florida college system and it is directed at programs that support our...
Palm Beach County officials blanket Capitol in push for priorities

Palm Beach County officials blanket Capitol in push for priorities

Their ranks swollen to 250, Palm Beach County business, education and government officials descended on Florida’s Capitol like shock troops Tuesday, determined to bend every ear and slap any back. Much has changed about the Florida Legislature over the decades. Favors and gifts are no longer lavishly bestowed in the open. Some of the hyper-partisanship that has gripped Washington, D.C., has...
Update Season 11: G-Star’s Emily Serpico lands another win on SyFy’s FaceOff

Update Season 11: G-Star’s Emily Serpico lands another win on SyFy’s FaceOff

UPDATE Episode 10, Season 11, March 29, 2017: Once again Emily lands on the winning side of show down, this one pitting her team of three artists against the other remaining four. Both sides were supposed to create a coven of cursed witches – each artist responsible for their own witch. Emily worried that her witch was too blah, too basic. “This is definitely the most worried I&rsquo...

Senate advances higher-ed initiative amid budget uncertainty

With House leaders raising questions about university spending, the Florida Senate on Thursday passed a major higher-education initiative that seeks to boost funding for Bright Futures scholarships, faculty recruitment and support for outstanding graduate programs. The bill (SB 2) is a top priority for Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who toured all 12 public universities in the spring. Negron...
Avossa sums up year’s successes, challenges for community leaders

Avossa sums up year’s successes, challenges for community leaders

With jokes about school buses being on time firmly in the rearview, Superintendent Robert Avossa was free to boast at this year’s State of the Schools address that 21 of the county’s schools picked up their D or F grades to a C or better, the graduation rate hit an all-time high just above 82 percent and his team has made changes to the way they work with schools to continue improvements...
Bill would end these high school end-of-course exams

Bill would end these high school end-of-course exams

A bill that would eliminate the majority of high school end of course exams, allow schools to give the remaining statewide tests in a paper-and-pencil format and seeks to take student test scores out of the grading equation for teachers and schools has begun to make the rounds in Florida’s capital. Sponsored by Sen. Bill Montford, a Tallahassee Democrat who also runs the state superintendents...

Palm Beach County reacts to House bill limiting local government taxes

A wide-ranging bill that would rein in local governments’ ability to increase taxes narrowly passed the Florida House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday. The committee approved the measure (PCB WMC 17-02) on a nearly party-line vote, 9-7, with Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-Treasure Island, joining all the committee Democrats in opposing the measure. The bill would require local governments, except...

Accused of misconduct, former St. Andrew’s teacher sues school

The St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post) A former St. Andrew’s School teacher whose close relationships with three teenage students prompted a legal probe and rancorous debate over how the school investigated his actions is suing the school for defamation, saying he lost one job and has been unable to find another one since his actions came to light.
Allamanda Elementary Health and Wellness Expo open to community

Allamanda Elementary Health and Wellness Expo open to community

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS BEACON COVE INTERMEDIATE After-School Site Director Jane Winters was selected as the 2017 School-Related Employee of the Year. She has been at the school 16 years, and previously was an after-school counselor at Jerry Thomas Elementary. PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY Kindergarten Round Up begins at 8:30 a.m. April 4. Parents and their incoming kindergartner are invited to...
Donna Klein Jewish Academy hosts ‘Second Chance Prom Dance’

Donna Klein Jewish Academy hosts ‘Second Chance Prom Dance’

DONNA KLEIN JEWISH ACADEMY The Second Chance Prom Dance and Auction begins at 8:30 p.m. March 25 at The Polo Club of Boca Raton. The festivities include the crowning of a prom queen and king, traditional prom photos, a special yearbook display and a tribute to Donna Klein Jewish Academy’s Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School Class of 2017. The event, planned for students’ parents...
Palm Beach Maritime Academy in Lantana hosts open house events

Palm Beach Maritime Academy in Lantana hosts open house events

PALM BEACH PUBLIC ELEMENTARY Kindergarten Round Up takes place 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. March 16 in the cafeteria. Parents can meet the staff, tour the school and learn more about the strings program. To register a student, parents must provide the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, proof of a physical examination and two proofs of address. G-STAR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS Four faculty members...
Illness continues to sideline dozens at Freedom Shores Elementary west of Lantana

Illness continues to sideline dozens at Freedom Shores Elementary west of Lantana

File photo UPDATE: As of Friday, the source of illness that has been sweeping through Freedom Shores Elementary remained a mystery.
The PBC teachers union tried to disqualify half of its presidential candidates

The PBC teachers union tried to disqualify half of its presidential candidates

The campaign to elect the Palm Beach County teachers union’s next leader has been upended by union officials’ attempts to disqualify half of the eight candidates, moves that prompted appeals, reversals and eventually a delay of the election.
Trump arrives in Palm Beach after visiting Catholic school in Orlando

Trump arrives in Palm Beach after visiting Catholic school in Orlando

President Donald Trump touted school choice as a civil rights issue in Orlando on Friday, then returned to the familiar confines of his Mar-a-Lago estate here before heading to the nearby Four Seasons Resort, where he was scheduled to speak to major Republican donors. Trump arrived on Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport at 3:44 p.m. for the fourth weekend of the seven since his...
Senate President Negron puts spotlight on Florida higher ed system

Senate President Negron puts spotlight on Florida higher ed system

Although he has three degrees, including a law degree from Emory University and a master’s from Harvard, Senate President Joe Negron went back to college last spring. It was a unique journey for an incoming legislative leader that took Negron on a tour of Florida’s 12 public universities, from the University of West Florida at the western edge of the Panhandle to Florida International...
Voting? See who’s on the city elections ballot in Palm Beach County

Voting? See who’s on the city elections ballot in Palm Beach County

Here are the municipal candidates and referendum questions on the March 14 ballot in Palm Beach County. Incumbents are indicated with an (i). BELLE GLADE
Principal: Loggers’ Run threat uncovered on student’s cell phone

Principal: Loggers’ Run threat uncovered on student’s cell phone

A Loggers’ Run student has been removed from the classroom and an investigation is underway after a threat to the school was discovered in the student’s cell phone, Principal Ed Capitano alerted parents Thursday afternoon. In a recorded message to parents, Capitano said another student tipped school administrators to the matter. The message in full:  This Is Principal Ed Capitano...
Two Olympic Heights teachers out of jobs after sex on campus

Two Olympic Heights teachers out of jobs after sex on campus

Two teachers at Olympic Heights High School are no longer employed by the district this week after it was discovered that they were involved in some sort of sexual activity with one another on campus during school hours, district officials confirmed Thursday. The school’s principal David Clark notified parents Thursday afternoon in a recorded message that the teachers were “engaged in...
Avossa sent all PBC teachers this email after settling the Boca High teacher case

Avossa sent all PBC teachers this email after settling the Boca High teacher case

Guns at airports, government meetings, campuses? Florida considers

Guns at airports, government meetings, campuses? Florida considers

Floridians with concealed-weapons licenses would be able to carry firearms into areas now deemed “gun-free” under an array of measures that will be championed by Republican lawmakers during the first legislative session since mass killings at an Orlando nightclub and a Fort Lauderdale airport. Proposals have been introduced to allow the more than 1.7 million people with concealed-carry...
Drug testing for substitute teachers, aides, tutors challenged

Drug testing for substitute teachers, aides, tutors challenged

Update: See the school district’s reponse in bold, below. A Boynton Beach retiree who has worked her way through the application process to be a tutor, a substitute teacher or a classroom aide is instead suing the Palm Beach County School Board because in order to land one of those jobs the district is demanding she – and every other job seeker – pass a drug test first. Asking all...

Allamanda Elementary expo will offer free health screenings

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Families are invited to join the school’s team in the Autism Speaks Walk on Sunday in downtown West Palm Beach. On-site registration begins at 9 a.m., and the walk follows at 10:30. Register for free at www.autismspeakswalk.org. Call the school at 561-803-7200 for more information. The second annual Strive 5 for Hive, a 5K run/3K walk, will take...
Palm Beach Central High SGA scores seven awards at state convention

Palm Beach Central High SGA scores seven awards at state convention

PALM BEACH CENTRAL HIGH The Student Government Association brought home seven awards from the state convention in Pensacola: first place, Environmental Concerns, School Service; second, Health and Safety, Fundraising; third, Community Service, State Project. SGA sponsors are Ailyn Barrios and Alex Cordeiro. SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH “Once Upon a Mattress,” a musical comedy based on the classic...
‘Grease’ is the word in Saint Andrew’s School’s theater production

‘Grease’ is the word in Saint Andrew’s School’s theater production

SAINT ANDREW’S SCHOOL The Performing Arts Department presents “Grease” on stage at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Performances are at the school’s Roberts Theater, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton. DONNA KLEIN JEWISH ACADEMY The Second Chance Prom Dance and Auction begins at 8:30 p.m. March 25 at The Polo Club of Boca Raton. The festivities include...
Testing debate teed up again in Florida Legislature

Testing debate teed up again in Florida Legislature

The testing wars have returned to the Florida Capitol. Two years after widespread computer problems undermined confidence in the state’s new standardized tests and sparked a political firestorm, lawmakers are once again floating ideas to reduce high-stakes exams in Florida schools. Critics of the state’s testing system say that reflects the fact that 2015 legislation has done little to...
Avossa strikes deal with Boca High teacher he tried to fire

Avossa strikes deal with Boca High teacher he tried to fire

Under mounting public and political pressure, Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa Tuesday abandoned his plan to fire a popular Boca Raton High School teacher accused of violating district policies while she informally mentored a mentally troubled student. History teacher Samantha Major will be allowed to continue teaching at a different county school and will receive only a written...
PBC school board member: I won’t support firing Boca Raton High teacher

PBC school board member: I won’t support firing Boca Raton High teacher

Boca Raton High School teacher Samantha Major is facing termination by the school board Wednesday. (Michael Ares / The Palm Beach Post) UPDATE: Avossa strikes new deal with Boca Raton High teacher he tried to fire  ORIGINAL STORY: Palm Beach County School Board member Marcia Andrews said today that she will not support the school district’s push to fire a popular Boca Raton High School teacher...
Who’s PBC’s Teacher of the Year? Hint: She teaches English

Who’s PBC’s Teacher of the Year? Hint: She teaches English

Evangeline Aguirre, who teaches ESOL English at Palm Beach Central High is awarded PBC Teacher of the Year Tuesday morning.
Avossa: I didn’t want to fire Boca Raton High teacher

Avossa: I didn’t want to fire Boca Raton High teacher

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa on Monday defended his decision to fire a popular Boca Raton High School teacher who failed to report a mentally troubled student’s claims of being raped years earlier, saying that the teacher’s refusal to accept a transfer to another school left him “no other option.” But records show he moved at first to fire, not...
The price of mentoring? Why this Boca Raton teacher is being fired

The price of mentoring? Why this Boca Raton teacher is being fired

Samantha Major is a Boca Raton teacher whom a supervisor once dubbed “an absolute powerhouse of compassion, kindness, thoughtfulness, professionalism and excellence.” Now she’s been banished from the classroom, relegated to months of paperwork duties in a school bus depot, targeted for criminal investigation and slated for termination. The county school board will consider the proposal...
The price of mentoring? Why this Boca Raton teacher is being fired

The price of mentoring? Why this Boca Raton teacher is being fired

The school year was already veering into winter when the girl began approaching Samantha Major after class. It was typical adolescent banter at first: college plans, boys, difficulties finding a part-time job. But as the last weeks of 2015 wound down, school records show that Major, an up-and-coming world history teacher at Boca Raton High School, began to sense the girl was troubled. This was...
VIDEO: Astros mascot gets scream out of PBC elementary school visit

VIDEO: Astros mascot gets scream out of PBC elementary school visit

The Houston Astros mascot Orbit goes to school. This tall fuzzy, green character showed up at Westward Elementary in West Palm Beach Thursday.
NEW: School bus headed to Wellington middle school collides with SUV

NEW: School bus headed to Wellington middle school collides with SUV

One Polo Park Middle School student was taken to a hospital Thursday morning after a school bus collided with an SUV in Wellington, school officials said. An SUV reportedly cut off the bus near South Shore Boulevard and Sheffield Street. The SUV hit a car as well, school officials said. Click here for more breaking news coverage from The Palm Beach Post The two people in the car were taken to a hospital...
No raise this year for Avossa, but new plan enables future ones

No raise this year for Avossa, but new plan enables future ones

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa will not receive a raise this year, but he is in line for one next year if he continues to receive high marks on his performance. By a 5-2 vote, board members agreed to amend Avossa’s contract to grant him automatic annual raises equal to those received by other school district administrators, so long as he receives top ratings on his job...
More than 300 students at 6 Boca schools shuffled to relieve crowding

More than 300 students at 6 Boca schools shuffled to relieve crowding

Children living in more than 60 Boca Raton neighborhoods will be changing schools next year to give the most crowded elementary in the county some relief, the Palm Beach County School Board ruled in its final vote on the matter Wednesday. Calusa Elementary will see its rolls drop by about 160 students when the changes go into effect, but those aren’t the only students who will change campuses...
NEW: Police investigate Instagram post threatening Boca High students

NEW: Police investigate Instagram post threatening Boca High students

Palm Beach County school police are investigating a threat made via an Instagram post to students at Boca Raton High School, officials said. The post contained “an implied threat of violence” to the students, officials said. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail Additional officers were at the school Wednesday, though no other changes were made to campus. Principal...
Number of PBC teachers receiving top rating spikes to 50 percent

Number of PBC teachers receiving top rating spikes to 50 percent

File photo More than half of Palm Beach County’s more than 13,000 public school teachers received a “highly effective” rating last year, and just one earned an “unsatisfactory” rating, newly released state records show.
Florida tops nation in AP exam participation at a time when exam’s value questioned

Florida tops nation in AP exam participation at a time when exam’s value questioned

Florida ranks number one in participation on Advance Placement exams during high school and comes in fourth for the percent of high school graduates who have taken and passed at least one AP course, according to a report from the organization that manages the course and its exams, The College Board. The state’s Department of Education also noted that the report indicates the state...

Letters Dig deeper to root of School Board’s intimidation tactics

Dig deeper to root of intimidation tactics As a former teacher, junior high school principal and assistant to the superintendent of schools in Suffolk County, N.Y., I was outraged to read about the egregious tactics used by the Palm Beach County School District administrators in attempting to avoid transparency and public scrutiny. (“School leaders’ calls might silence dissent,”...

SouthTech Academy hosts open house event today

BOCA RATON HIGH The Drama Department will present “In the Heights” at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The award-winning musical explores three days in the lives of those living in the Hispanic community of Manhattan’s Washington Heights. Tickets are $10 if purchased by today, $15 after. Advance VIP reserved seating...

Kindergarten Round Up takes place at Marsh Pointe Elementary today

MARSH POINTE ELEMENTARY Kindergarten Round Up for the parents of incoming kindergarten students begins at 8:30 a.m. today in the cafeteria. Teachers and staff will discuss curriculum, uniforms, schedules and expectations. For more information, call 561-366-6800. PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY The school will be collecting “cute” plastic bandages through the end of the month, to donate to...
‘Once Upon a Mattress’ comes to Seminole Ridge High School stage

‘Once Upon a Mattress’ comes to Seminole Ridge High School stage

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH Annalise Calvert, Breanna Brooks, Brianna Domaceti, Kimberly Hoff and Jessica Rigg represented the school at the Florida Dance Performance Assessments this month at Gibbs High in St. Petersburg. The dancers earned Superior ratings in Ensemble Performance, Movement Acquisition and Technical Proficiency, as well as an overall Superior rating. The Student Government Association sent...
Move to relieve crowding in Boca elementaries up for final vote

Move to relieve crowding in Boca elementaries up for final vote

The school district’s plan to relieve crowding at Calusa Elementary in Boca Raton is up for a second and final school board vote Wednesday at 5 p.
ICYMI: Avossa gets creamed in cookoff with Dwyer students

ICYMI: Avossa gets creamed in cookoff with Dwyer students

Superintendent Robert Avossa may still be licking his wounds after culinary defeat last week at the hands of William T.
Why did schools chief Avossa visit dropouts in the county jail?

Why did schools chief Avossa visit dropouts in the county jail?

Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa checked into the county jail this fall with a video crew to tell a story. Not a scared-straight kind of tale, more like a remember-when one. The six young inmates he interviewed were in for some bad things, top of the list murder, but other lesser crimes too. Still, most had a happy memory from school. Deandre remembered Ms. Grace, his science teacher...
Who is chopped? PBC Superintendent faces culinary students in cook-off

Who is chopped? PBC Superintendent faces culinary students in cook-off

How does Palm Beach County School Superintendent Robert Avossa hold up under an hour of intense pressure? Well, his work space gets a little messy, the onions go everywhere. Throw in the question of whether carrots belong in an Italian sauce, and the “My mama” throw-downs start flying, as in “My mother would kill me” if the orange root hit the red stuff. Still, team Avossa...
NEW: Boca charter teacher accused of kissing student won’t comment

NEW: Boca charter teacher accused of kissing student won’t comment

A 28-year-old charter-school teacher police say was caught on video kissing a male student in his classroom this month would not comment on the incident Friday morning. “I am not making a statement,” Brian Kornbluth said through the door of his residence in suburban Boca Raton. Kornbluth teaches at Somerset Academy, which has classes for grades kindergarten through eighth at its Southwest...
NEW: Swastika found drawn in boys’ bathroom at Boca middle school

NEW: Swastika found drawn in boys’ bathroom at Boca middle school

Parents of Omni Middle School students were notified Thursday after a swastika was found drawn on a boys’ bathroom stall. Principal Gerald Riopelle sent out a robocall to parents explaining that the school’s staff had not found those responsible for scrawling the hate symbol. Riopelle said that school custodians immediately removed the graffiti. » Download our PostNOW app to get...
Photos - School Superintendent Competes with Culinary Students in Mystery Box Chopped Challenge at Dwyer

Photos - School Superintendent Competes with Culinary Students in Mystery Box Chopped Challenge at Dwyer

New plan calls for pay raises for Avossa, but not this year

New plan calls for pay raises for Avossa, but not this year

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa talks with students at West Riviera Elementary School.
NEW: Boca charter teacher accused of kissing student won’t comment

NEW: Boca charter teacher accused of kissing student won’t comment

A 28-year-old charter-school teacher whom police say was caught on video kissing a male student in his classroom would not comment on the incident Friday morning. “I am not making a statement,” Brian Kornbluth said through the door of his residence in suburban Boca Raton. Kornbluth teaches at Somerset Academy, which has classes for grades kindergarten through eight at its Southwest Fourth...
Boy brings knife to elementary school to ward off potential abductors

Boy brings knife to elementary school to ward off potential abductors

After hearing about someone trying to abduct a child in a suburban Lake Worth neighborhood earlier this week, a boy at Coral Reef Elementary decided to take safety into his own hands and packed a knife in his backpack and took it with him to school, school district officials report.
Teacher arrested, caught on camera kissing student in Boca