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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

Teacher arrested, caught on camera kissing student in Boca

A 28-year-old Boca Raton fourth-grade teacher was arrested after police say he was caught on video kissing a male student in his classroom this month. The boy and his sister told police this wasn’t the first time either. In one instance, the teacher is accused of trading kisses and hugs for candy, according to police. Brian Kornbluth, who teaches at Somerset Academy, a kindergarten through eighth-grade...
Hundreds of PBC students absent in “Day Without Immigrants” strike

Hundreds of PBC students absent in “Day Without Immigrants” strike

File photo Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Palm Beach County children from immigrant families skipped school today in what appeared to be a symbolic protest tied to the nationwide “Day Without Immigrants” demonstration organized to highlight the role of the nation’s foreign-born workers.

Florida bill aims to reduce time students spend on standardized tests

Leading members of the House and Senate unveiled legislation Wednesday that they said could help reduce the amount of time Florida public school students spend on standardized tests during the school year. But lawmakers admitted that the proposal (HB 773, SB 926), dubbed the “Fewer, Better Tests” legislation, would not explicitly do away with any exams. The proposal would require the state&rsquo...
Pulled from class: How PBC public schools discourage public dissent

Pulled from class: How PBC public schools discourage public dissent

Miguel Cardenas had already called the county school board’s office and signed up to speak about the recent turmoil at his school, Lake Worth High School. He’d already thought about what he’d say at the upcoming meeting and how he’d say it. And then on the big day, Jan. 18, the public-address system buzzed in the 15-year-old freshman’s sixth-period English class. A voice...
‘In the Heights’ coming to Boca Raton High School stage

‘In the Heights’ coming to Boca Raton High School stage

BOCA RATON HIGH The Drama Department will present “In the Heights” at 7 p.m. Feb. 23-25, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 and 3 p.m. Feb. 26. 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 Feb. 23, $15 after. Advance VIP reserved seating is $15. For...
Seminole Ridge Spanish Club collects supplies for dog rescue group

Seminole Ridge Spanish Club collects supplies for dog rescue group

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH The varsity Coed Competition Cheerleaders won the Class 2A state runners-up title. Cheer coach is Tammy Licavoli. Future Business Leaders of America students earned high marks in District XX competition: Natalie Hogwood, first place, Organizational Leadership; Gena Ra, second, Impromptu Speaking; Caitlin Hetchler and Emma Thiery, third, Hospitality Management; Julia Galvan, third...
Palm Beach Gardens Elementary collects ‘cute’ plastic bandages

Palm Beach Gardens Elementary collects ‘cute’ plastic bandages

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY The school will be collecting “cute” plastic bandages through the end of the month, to donate to Palm Beach Children’s Hospital on behalf of Janiyah Bryant. The kindergarten student was diagnosed with leukemia at 14 months old. In 2014, she completed treatments and doctors found no evidence of the disease. Donations can be dropped...
Lake Worth High School principal officially removed from position

Lake Worth High School principal officially removed from position

George Lockhart, Lake Worth High School’s veteran principal, is being officially removed from his position as the school’s leader, two months after he was pulled from campus amid an investigation into the school’s discipline and grading practices. Lockhart has been on alternate duty since then, but on Monday the school district made his removal official, announcing on Lake Worth...
Kids to Palm Beach County: Ask state to save turtles, ban plastic bags

Kids to Palm Beach County: Ask state to save turtles, ban plastic bags

Kids from a local school did a full show-and-tell last week for the Palm Beach County Commission about why the panel should ask the state to outlaw, or at least regulate, plastic shopping bags. At Tuesday’s meeting, Juno Beach-based Loggerhead Marinelife Center and students at The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach gave a presentation, complete with posters, explaining that the bags don&rsquo...
Why these 8th-graders are on a 2-day college tour now

Why these 8th-graders are on a 2-day college tour now

When Assistant Principal Tanya McDowell suggested that L.C. Swain Middle School offer its eighth graders a two-day bus tour of four Florida colleges, her boss figured they’d get maybe 30 or 40 who were interested. After all, nearly 93 percent of the students on the Greenacres campus are so poor they qualify for federally subsidized lunches. A ticket on this bus would cost $270 per student. Indeed...
In low-key meeting, PBC school board endorses a raise for Avossa

In low-key meeting, PBC school board endorses a raise for Avossa

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa talks with students at West Riviera Elementary School.
In low-key meeting, PBC school board endorses raise for Avossa

In low-key meeting, PBC school board endorses raise for Avossa

Palm Beach County School Board members took advantage of a low-profile retreat to come to agreement about one of their most contentious issues this year – a raise for Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa. Without taking a formal vote, six of the seven board members tentatively agreed Wednesday that they support automatic annual raises for Avossa in line with those that other school district...
In low-key meeting, PBC school board endorses a raise for Avossa

In low-key meeting, PBC school board endorses a raise for Avossa

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa talks with students at West Riviera Elementary School.
In reversal, PBC union permits teacher who took leave to run for president

In reversal, PBC union permits teacher who took leave to run for president

Leaders of Palm Beach County’s teachers union agreed Monday to allow a high school teacher to run for union president, reversing its previous decision to bar him because his dues lapsed during a leave of absence.
Palm Beach Gardens Elementary to host dads, daughters

Palm Beach Gardens Elementary to host dads, daughters

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY The inaugural Daddy/Daughter Dance will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the cafeteria. Light refreshments and desserts will be served. Tickets are on sale now. Direct questions to PBGEPTA1@gmail.com. BRIEFLY The George Snow Scholarship Fund will sponsor its 24th Cowboy Ball, 6-11 p.m. Feb. 25 at at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton...
HOSA students at John I. Leonard High earn competition honors

HOSA students at John I. Leonard High earn competition honors

JOHN I. LEONARD HIGH Winners in Health Occupations Students of America regional competition: first place, medical spelling, Michael Perez; first, transcultural healthcare, Deepali Singh; first, public service announcement, Celine Dalrymple, Marie Joseph, Wistride Lumas; fourth, job seeking skills, Stephany Fuentes; second, dental terminology, Christian Diaz; second, public health, Aimy Sanchez, Emily...
‘In the Heights’ coming to Boca Raton High School stage

‘In the Heights’ coming to Boca Raton High School stage

BOCA RATON HIGH The Drama Department will present “In the Heights” at 7 p.m. Feb. 23-25, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 and 3 p.m. Feb. 26. 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 Feb. 23, $15 after. Advance VIP reserved seating is $15. For...

POINT OF VIEW McKay record shows DeVos’ Voucher plan is misguided

During Betsy DeVos’ committee confirmation hearing to become U.S. education secretary, she specifically lauded Florida’s McKay Scholarship program as a model of school choice success. As someone in the trenches across the state of Florida as a special education attorney and the parent of a child with special needs, I strongly warn the Senate and the rest of the country, caveat emptor (buyer...
State union backs PBC teacher blocked from presidential run for taking leave

State union backs PBC teacher blocked from presidential run for taking leave

Palm Beach County’s public teachers union is reconsidering its decision to block a high school teacher and Boynton Beach city commissioner from running for union president because he took a leave of absence to care for a dying relative.
Goodman commentary: Sharing a party, but clashing on ideas

Goodman commentary: Sharing a party, but clashing on ideas

Tallahassee is a long 400 miles away from Palm Beach County, and its battles and decisions can seem farther still. So as a public service, I went up there last week to get a sense of the players and the issues that will dominate the coming session of the Florida Legislature. You know, so you don’t have to. The occasion was the Associated Press’ annual legislative planning session. On Tuesday...
Club teaching Boynton boys to hold doors and ‘perfect gentlemen’ skills

Club teaching Boynton boys to hold doors and ‘perfect gentlemen’ skills

Meirwen Trieste doesn’t have to think too hard to remember the days when men jumped to their feet when a woman entered a room, or when they skipped ahead to open the car door. She tells her 10-year-old grandson, Ayden Davis, about those times that seem so far away. These days with both parents working and with the busy family schedules, an emphasis on manners fades, she said. But over the past...
Judge tosses Boca Raton dad’s class-size lawsuit

Judge tosses Boca Raton dad’s class-size lawsuit

A judge has thrown out a lawsuit by a Boca Raton father who sought to require his son’s school to abide by the literal class-size limits set out in Florida’s constitution.
Judge tosses Boca Raton dad’s class-size lawsuit

Judge tosses Boca Raton dad’s class-size lawsuit

A judge has thrown out a lawsuit by a Boca Raton father who sought to require his son’s school to abide by the literal class-size limits set out in Florida’s constitution.
PBC Board balks at renting without owning new high school

PBC Board balks at renting without owning new high school

The Palm Beach County school board isn’t interested in renting its next high school from a private developer if the deal doesn’t eventually end with the district owning the campus, but some variation on that concept is worth investigating further, board members agreed Wednesday night. They have asked Superintendent Robert Avossa to set up a workshop in order to explore the matter in more...
Comparing PBC school day hours, use of iReady, planning time, more

Comparing PBC school day hours, use of iReady, planning time, more

School districts have many strategies at their disposal when it comes to delivering an education, including how many hours a day school is open, what opportunities teachers are given to plan and collaborate and teaching tools and time dedicated to reading. This afternoon at a workshop,  the Palm Beach County School Board will get an overview of how this county stacks up against three...
Palm Beach Gardens Elementary hosts Daddy/Daughter Dance

Palm Beach Gardens Elementary hosts Daddy/Daughter Dance

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY The inaugural Daddy/Daughter Dance will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the cafeteria. Light refreshments and desserts will be served. Tickets are on sale now. Direct questions to PBGEPTA1@gmail.com. ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY STEM Night for students and families will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. Representatives from the South Florida Science Center and...
Students at two Boca Raton high schools stage theater productions

Students at two Boca Raton high schools stage theater productions

BOCA RATON HIGH The Drama Department will present “In the Heights” at 7 p.m. Feb. 23-25, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 and 3 p.m. Feb. 26. 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 Feb. 23, $15 after. Advance VIP reserved seating is $15. For...
Wynnebrook Elementary plans 50th anniversary celebration

Wynnebrook Elementary plans 50th anniversary celebration

WYNNEBROOK ELEMENTARY The school is celebrating its 50th anniversary Saturday. Alumni staff and students are invited to attend at 10 a.m., and current staff and students can participate at 11 a.m. The guest of honor is U.S. Cong. Alcee Hastings. Mistress of ceremonies is Sally Sevareid, co-host of the Mo & Sally Show on KOOL 105.5 radio. The event is sponsored by Park Avenue BBQ, whose owner, Dean...
FPL’s Manatee Lagoon celebrates first anniversary with events

FPL’s Manatee Lagoon celebrates first anniversary with events

Florida Power & Light Co. is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the opening of its Manatee Lagoon this weekend with special events between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The lagoon, and its 16,000-square-foot Eco-Discovery Center, provides a haven for manatees to get out of the cold, and an environment to learn more about Florida’s iconic sea cow. The anniversary weekend events include complimentary...
POINT OF VIEW Focus on student potential

POINT OF VIEW Focus on student potential

My childhood relocation from Italy in the early 1970s could have easily made me a student who succumbed to the risk, storm and stress that many children face every day. As such, I have committed myself to a hypervigilance about understanding the why and how students drift away from public schools. My recent visit to the Palm Beach County Jail afforded me the opportunity to speak with young inmates...
FAU President’s blog responds to immigration order: We stand together

FAU President’s blog responds to immigration order: We stand together

Kelly at a presentation in 2015. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post) Florida Atlantic University wants its students and staff to know it’s keeping an eye on President Trump’s executive order that temporarily bars entry to the U.
LATEST: Palm Beach Lakes High student brought loaded gun to school

LATEST: Palm Beach Lakes High student brought loaded gun to school

Police found a loaded .40 Glock handgun in a Palm Beach Lakes High School student’s backpack Monday morning, school police records show. Elias Evens, 19 of West Palm Beach, told police he picked up the gun from the bushes. However, police say he stole the gun from someone’s car that morning. The gun owner contacted city police about the stolen gun. Authorities pulled Evens from class...
Could next PBC public high school be a rental property?

Could next PBC public high school be a rental property?

A private developer wants to build Palm Beach County’s next public high school on its own dime and rent it to the county school board, an unusual arrangement that it says would let the school district dodge state limits on school construction. The company, which has built several charter schools in the county, is pitching the idea to school board members as a quick, simple way to get construction...
Two arrested after PBC school probe into missing gas worth $513K

Two arrested after PBC school probe into missing gas worth $513K

File photo Two people have been arrested on charges of stealing gas from Palm Beach County’s public school system after an investigation into $513,000 worth of gas taken from fuel sites during off-hours, school district officials announced this morning.
Ex-PBC school board member Mike Murgio avoids prison in bitcoin case

Ex-PBC school board member Mike Murgio avoids prison in bitcoin case

Former Palm Beach County School Board member Mike Murgio will avoid federal prison time for his role in attempting to hide his son’s unlicensed money-exchange business from federal regulators. A federal judge in New York today gave Murgio one year of probation and a $12,000 fine for his role in his son’s bitcoin exchange, one that federal prosecutors say the son was operating illegally...
West Riviera Elementary principal pawned school computer, police say

West Riviera Elementary principal pawned school computer, police say

The principal of West Riviera Elementary has been removed from the school after police say she pawned a school computer at a West Palm Beach pawn shop five times in the past year. Principal Tonja Lindsey-Latson, 48, was arrested Thursday by school district police. Investigators said they caught her pawning a school-owned laptop this month and claiming it as her own. She was arrested on a charge of...
W. Riviera Elementary principal pawned school computer, police say

W. Riviera Elementary principal pawned school computer, police say

The principal of West Riviera Elementary has been removed from the school after police say she pawned a school computer at a West Palm Beach pawn shop five times in the past year. Principal Tonja Lindsey-Latson, 48, was arrested Thursday by school district police. Investigators said they caught her pawning a school-owned laptop this month and claiming it as her own. She was arrested on a charge of...
Friday is the deadline to apply for a choice program in PBC schools

Friday is the deadline to apply for a choice program in PBC schools

If your child is hoping to attend for a choice program in a Palm Beach County public school next year, you need to get your application in soon. The deadline is Friday for applying for any of the county’s more than 300 choice, or “magnet,” programs, including dual language, graphic design, pre-med, construction and computer science programs. The deadline has already passed for applying...
A principal cut a pregnant administrator’s pay. Guess which one had to resign.

A principal cut a pregnant administrator’s pay. Guess which one had to resign.

Sex discrimination allegations against Principal Darren Edgecomb (left) were never investigated internally.
Ex-school board member Mike Murgio hopes to avoid prison time

Ex-school board member Mike Murgio hopes to avoid prison time

UPDATE: Palm Beach County School Board member Mike Murgio has avoided prison time. ORIGINAL STORY: Former Palm Beach County School Board member Mike Murgio is asking to avoid prison time when he is sentenced Friday for his role in attempting to shield his son’s unlicensed bitcoin-exchange business from federal regulators.

District observes ‘Take Sons, Daughters to Work Day’ on Feb. 2

The school district will observe Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Feb. 2, and encourages businesses and organizations throughout the county to show students how their classroom lessons apply in the workplace. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade may participate. The George Snow Scholarship Fund will sponsor its 24th Cowboy Ball, 6-11 p.m. Feb. 25 at at the Mizner Park Amphitheater...
Allamanda Elementary hosts STEM Night for students, families

Allamanda Elementary hosts STEM Night for students, families

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY STEM Night for students and families will be 5-7 p.m. Feb. 7. Representatives from the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium will be in the cafeteria with dozens of interactive hands-on activities, experiments and demonstrations. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Before or after STEM night, families are invited to Five Guys Burgers...
Seminole Ridge High Automotive Academy earns special certification

Seminole Ridge High Automotive Academy earns special certification

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH Eleven students were treated to breakfast recently in recognition of their having earned University of Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education diplomas or Cambridge Learner Awards: Ashley Abraham, Kerven Cassion, Alathea Fairweather, Drew Gearhart, Jessica Hammett, Natalie Hogwood, Samantha Mangoni, Alyssa Pace, Shreya Patel, Rowan Pelfrey and Georgia Williams...
District’s college fair offers scholarships; FPL to give $20K to next star engineer

District’s college fair offers scholarships; FPL to give $20K to next star engineer

It’s that time of year when high schoolers begin scouting their next move. It will be all about scholarships and college applications.
UPDATE: Dwyer High School in Gardens will be open Tuesday

UPDATE: Dwyer High School in Gardens will be open Tuesday

The Monday morning tornado that plowed across the county’s north end peeled back the roof on one William T. Dwyer High classroom and made four to six classrooms in all unusable. It also perilously cracked a glass atrium in the school’s main stairwell, cancelling classes for more than 2,200 students. But the doors will be open to welcome them back this morning, district officials said....
Update: Dwyer, Benjamin schools to open for class Tuesday

Update: Dwyer, Benjamin schools to open for class Tuesday

Update: Despite  some $500,000 to $1 million in damages from overnight storms, William T. Dwyer High will open on Tuesday, school district officials reported Monday evening.
Bernie Shulman: Superintendent had short tenure, long influence in PBC

Bernie Shulman: Superintendent had short tenure, long influence in PBC

Bernie Shulman was superintendent of Palm Beach County’s schools for about a year two decades ago, but the wisdom he peddled during his long career is broad and influences local educators even today, say his colleagues and friends. This week they mourned his death and spoke fondly of the ways in which such a Teddy bear of a man was able to get things done by putting children...
NEW: Gardens high school student faces sexual assault charges

NEW: Gardens high school student faces sexual assault charges

A Palm Beach Gardens high school student sexually assaulted a child for years, even after adults had caught him on several occasions, city police say. Raymond Mattson IV, 18, was arrested Wednesday on one count of sexual assault of a minor and one count of lewd behavior with a minor. He remained at the Palm Beach County jail without bail Friday morning. See who was recently booked into the Palm Beach...
PBC schools to replace Edline, create app, rebuild bulky website

PBC schools to replace Edline, create app, rebuild bulky website

Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t call the Palm Beach County School District offices to complain that they can’t find something on its website. And no doubt legions of parents wish that Edline, the online gateway not only to student grades and classwork, but, in theory, all things school, were as easy to navigate as their cellphone’s address book. Indeed, it’s so antiquated...
Why was an ‘attacked’ administrator removed from Lake Worth High?

Why was an ‘attacked’ administrator removed from Lake Worth High?

Lake Worth High School (Gary Coronado/Palm Beach Post) When a Lake Worth High School student fought with an assistant principal in November, it set in motion a series of events that shook the entire school.
Former Superintendent Bernie Shulman remembered as ‘unflappable’ student advocate

Former Superintendent Bernie Shulman remembered as ‘unflappable’ student advocate

Bernard “Bernie” Shulman (Palm Beach Post file photo) Former Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Bernie Shulman has died and at Wednesday night’s board meeting  several board members used their allotted time from the dias to remember a man they said worked tirelessly for the county’s students.
Boca boundary changes OK’d, one neighborhood gets a pass

Boca boundary changes OK’d, one neighborhood gets a pass

Board ruled Casa Bella, a neighborhood in 296-C, will not have to move. Second vote comes next month.
Court gives charter school partial win against PBC school board

Court gives charter school partial win against PBC school board

A state appeals court on Wednesday rejected the Palm Beach County School Board’s claim that it alone should decide which charter schools open in the county, handing a partial victory to a charter that the school board has been fighting for two years to prevent from opening. But the court also ordered a state board that handled the charter school’s appeal to reexamine the case, raising...
Wellington High’s Royals Dance Team to host annual showcase

Wellington High’s Royals Dance Team to host annual showcase

WELLINGTON HIGH The Royals Dance Team’s annual showcase takes place at 7 p.m. Friday in the high school auditorium. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children. SOUTH GRADE ELEMENTARY Robert Restino and Melissa Migliore of Pinnacle Kids fulfilled the wish lists of teachers, dropping off bags of school supplies and learning tools, plus more than 100 books for the media center. CARDINAL NEWMAN...
Allamanda Elementary to celebrate literacy, School Choice week

Allamanda Elementary to celebrate literacy, School Choice week

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY The school is celebrating Literacy Week, Florida! and National School Choice Week beginning Monday with activities involving health, books, parents and families. Family members will be invited to come read with their children and enjoy a locally-grown, nutritious breakfast provided by Pero Family Farms. Students will dress as their favorite book character...
SouthTech Preparatory Academy to host open house

SouthTech Preparatory Academy to host open house

SOUTHTECH PREPARATORY ACADEMY An open house will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the charter school, 1325 Gateway Blvd., Boynton Beach. Staff will provide information on academics, student support services, clubs and organizations. The school educates students in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) disciplines and through career academies. For more information, visit www...
School board to vote on Boca boundary changes for hundreds of students

School board to vote on Boca boundary changes for hundreds of students

Calusa boundary proposal aka the C-1 Hybrid. The Palm Beach County School Board will take its first look at plans to relieve crowding at Calusa Elementary School in Boca Raton when it meets for a workshop at 4 p.
PBC charter school threatens to expel student over dad’s Facebook post

PBC charter school threatens to expel student over dad’s Facebook post

Gregory James Blount founded the school and is now its principal. The principal of Eagle Arts Academy threatened last week to expel a student after his father posted a negative comment about the struggling charter school on Facebook.
PBC teacher who took leave says he’s being blocked from union president run

PBC teacher who took leave says he’s being blocked from union president run

Justin Katz teaches at Park Vista High School A high school teacher and Boynton Beach city commissioner says leaders of the Palm Beach County teachers union are blocking him from running for union president because he took a leave of absence to care for a dying relative two years ago.
BREAKING: West Palm-area stabbing victim expected to survive attack

BREAKING: West Palm-area stabbing victim expected to survive attack

8:20 a.m. UPDATE: The victim in Saturday’s early-morning stabbing is expected to survive, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. The unidentified man was found bleeding in the 1100 block of Osceola Drive, near Genessee Avenue, in the Westgate neighborhood west of the city limits. The sheriff’s office said it did not yet know a motive for the stabbing. Anyone who witnessed it...
School board member breaks back in hoverboard crash

School board member breaks back in hoverboard crash

Palm Beach County School Board member Erica Whitfield is sitting very still in a recliner at her Lake Worth home, watching “The Crown” on Netflix and hoping that she will be able to move well enough to go to next week’s board meeting — which seems perhaps ambitious since she’s recovering from a broken back. She stepped on a hoverboard the day after Christmas and fell...
BREAKING: Gardens man arrested for bringing gun to high school game

BREAKING: Gardens man arrested for bringing gun to high school game

A Palm Beach Gardens man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly took a gun onto a high-school campus during a basketball game, according to a police report. Brian V. McKelton faces a charge of possession of a weapon on a school property. He was released Tuesday from the Palm Beach County Jail after posting $5,000 bail. » See who was recently booked into the Palm Beach County Jail McKelton,...
A Boca dad’s class-size lawsuit has been stalled in court for a year

A Boca dad’s class-size lawsuit has been stalled in court for a year

When Boca Raton attorney Paul Kunz learned in 2015 that the size of his son’s kindergarten class exceeded the state’s constitutional limits, he turned to the courts for a fix.

School board member Erica Whitfield read with students at Poinciana Elementary in 2015 as part of a Children’s Services Council literacy event.
School board fires 2 teachers accused of dropping hints on state test

School board fires 2 teachers accused of dropping hints on state test

Two Palm Beach County elementary school teachers were fired in an unanimous vote by the school board Wednesday after investigators concluded they dropped hints, tipping students to the right answers on the third grade state math exam last spring. The incidents were unrelated — happening on the same test, but at different schools. Maria Marrero Rios at Melaleuca Elementary in West Palm...
Student hit by car near West Palm’s Bear Lakes Middle

Student hit by car near West Palm’s Bear Lakes Middle

A student was hit by a car Wednesday morning near Bear Lakes Middle School, Palm Beach County School officials confirmed. The wreck happened near the intersection of Shenandoah Road and North Military Trail, officials said. The student, a teenage boy, was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said. There was no word on his condition.
The Sundance Film Festival is putting Pahokee on the moviemaking map

The Sundance Film Festival is putting Pahokee on the moviemaking map

After introducing Pahokee High School’s bling-filled, engine revving prom to the world’s elite film festivals last year, Patrick Bresnan and his wife Ivete Lucas were not quite ready to pack up their cameras. Sure, their short documentary film The Send-Off scored several impressive awards, but the couple were certain the rural town on the edge of Lake Okeechobee had more to reveal. They...
District seeks to fire 2 teachers for giving hints on state test

District seeks to fire 2 teachers for giving hints on state test

A thumbs-up here, a grumble or tap there have put the careers of two Palm Beach County elementary school teachers in peril after district investigators concluded they were tipping off third graders to right and wrong answers as the children sat for the statewide math exam last spring. The investigation into the separate incidents at different schools began when students described their experience...
Update: Teachers accused of giving hints on state tests fired

Update: Teachers accused of giving hints on state tests fired

  Update:  The school board agreed to fire the teachers. The item was on a consent agenda and passed without comment at Wednesday’s special meeting. For more details see the full story here.    A thumbs-up here, a grumble or tap there have put the careers of two Palm Beach County elementary school teachers in peril after district investigators concluded they were tipping...
Gardens man pleads guilty in bitcoin case tied to JPMorgan hack

Gardens man pleads guilty in bitcoin case tied to JPMorgan hack

Anthony Murgio, a Palm Beach Gardens man accused of running an illegal money-exchange business on behalf of the head of an international hacking ring, pleaded guilty Monday as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors. The 33-year-old’s guilty plea ends his involvement in an investigation into the massive 2014 hack of JPMorgan Chase, which ensnared both Murgio and his father, former Palm...
Ex-school board member’s son pleads guilty in bitcoin case tied to hacking ring

Ex-school board member’s son pleads guilty in bitcoin case tied to hacking ring

Anthony Murgio Anthony Murgio, a Palm Beach Gardens man accused of running an illegal money-exchange business on behalf of the head of an international hacking ring, pleaded guilty Monday as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors.
A PBC school bus aide hit an autistic student; now she may be fired

A PBC school bus aide hit an autistic student; now she may be fired

File photo (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Daily News) A Palm Beach County school bus attendant is in line to be fired after officials discovered she punched a harness-bound autistic student who was being unruly.
This party isn’t our party, PBC school district warns parents

This party isn’t our party, PBC school district warns parents

The school district released a redacted version of the online party flyer Palm Beach County’s public school system is warning that an online flyer using high school logos to tout a Friday night “Back 2 School Party” are not affiliated with the county’s schools.
Editorial: GOP effort to rein in courts tramples ‘separation of powers’

Editorial: GOP effort to rein in courts tramples ‘separation of powers’

For years, the Republican-led Florida Legislature has taken shots at the state’s judiciary in retaliation for rulings it hasn’t liked. The hostilities opened in 2006, when the state Supreme Court, on a 5-2 vote, declared then-Gov. Jeb Bush’s highly touted school voucher plan unconstitutional. The next year, a state senator countered with a proposed constitutional amendment to add...
School resumes Monday in PBC; some thoughts on what to do until then

School resumes Monday in PBC; some thoughts on what to do until then

For those of you checking your calendar, wondering when school is back in session: Students return Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Some district employees return a couple of days earlier: Thursday. The next long weekend isn’t far off, however. Students and employees will have the following Monday – Jan. 16 – off for Martin Luther King Day.   Looking for stuff to do in the meantime? Maybe...
More PBC parents choosing traditional public schools over charters

More PBC parents choosing traditional public schools over charters

Palm Beach County’s traditional public schools saw their biggest influx of new students in more than a decade this school year, as parents reversed a years-long trend by overwhelmingly choosing district-operated schools over charter schools. The number of students attending county public schools – both district-run schools and charters – passed the 190,000 mark this year. And for...
From Donald Trump to Dalia Dippolito: Palm Beach County’s top stories

From Donald Trump to Dalia Dippolito: Palm Beach County’s top stories

The next president of the United States has a place right here. And that’s just part of a wild news year in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. Here are the area’s top 10 stories, as determined, and chronicled, by Post editors and reporters, with help from statistics on how popular news stories were with readers. 1. President Trump: It’s one of the most shocking upsets in U...
A PBC art teacher changed a student’s grade for $50. Now he’s being fined.

A PBC art teacher changed a student’s grade for $50. Now he’s being fined.

BOCA RATON — Torrey Green, an art teacher at Don Estridge High Tech Middle School, is being fined for changing a student’s class grade in exchange for $50 to buy art supplies.
One of Avossa’s top deputies has resigned after 7 months

One of Avossa’s top deputies has resigned after 7 months

One of the Palm Beach County public school system’s top officials has resigned, less than eight months after being recruited to the position by Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa.
Students get simplified route to take SAT with accommodations

Students get simplified route to take SAT with accommodations

Tens of thousands of high school juniors and seniors with various disabilities have caught a break in what many describe as a Herculean task of getting the accommodations they are granted by law in the classroom to apply to their SAT college entrance exams. This month, the College Board announced it had overhauled the process for requesting things such as extra time, large-print exams or permission...
Teacher’s aide at Jupiter Middle School, young mom dies at 26

Teacher’s aide at Jupiter Middle School, young mom dies at 26

Shekinah Caesar was headed home. But her car ran out of gas, and the 26-year-old Lake Park resident never made it. West Palm Beach police found the young mom Monday floating face down in a canal off Interstate 95, two days after her little boy’s father last saw her. The city’s police dive team recovered her body. Her car was left nearby, on the shoulder of northbound I-95 near the 45th...
Parent invokes Christmas in defense of Boca teacher behind Satan display

Parent invokes Christmas in defense of Boca teacher behind Satan display

The middle school English teacher who is taking heat for the controversial display he erected among the Christmas tree, nativity scene and menorah in a Boca Raton park, inspired a handful of parents of students not in his class to tote signs demanding he be fired from his job.
POINT OF VIEW Affordable college savings key to state’s degree goals

POINT OF VIEW Affordable college savings key to state’s degree goals

The state Higher Education Coordinating Council recently set an important goal of 55 percent of Florida’s working-age population attaining college degrees or professional certificates by 2025. It is the first time the state has set such a specific degree-attainment goal, and it comes as our State University System continues to see improvement in graduation and retention rates due to performance...
District names its Outstanding Volunteers of the Year

District names its Outstanding Volunteers of the Year

BRIEFLY The school district recently named its 2016-2017 Outstanding School Volunteers. The Outstanding Student Volunteer of the Year is Renee Runge, a senior at Suncoast High. Realizing it was difficult for students to find places to earn their required community service hours for graduation, she created a nonprofit, The Community Angel Network (CAN), which supports a free interactive directory of...

District names Outstanding School Volunteers of the Year

BRIEFLY Artwork by more than 800 students from kindergarten to 12th grade will be on display in the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center, 3300 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach through Jan. 17. The school district recently named its 2016-2017 Outstanding School Volunteers. The Outstanding Student Volunteer of the Year is Renee Runge, a senior at Suncoast High. Realizing it was difficult for...
Rosarian Academy honors students for academic achievements

Rosarian Academy honors students for academic achievements

ROSARIAN ACADEMY At an awards ceremony to honor middle school students with exceptional academic performance during the first trimester of the school year, Mercedes Cassidy, Hope Diffenderfer, Devyn Dyett and Lorenzo Escobar were recognized for achieving highest academic honors. Elise Lanahan and Blair Haft received Accelerated Reader awards for having read 300,000 words or more since the start of...
Avossa: Boca English teacher within his rights to erect Satan display

Avossa: Boca English teacher within his rights to erect Satan display

The man behind a display that at one time professed “In Satan We Trust” and “Celebrate Winter Solstice” in Boca Raton’s Sanborn Square is indeed a middle school English teacher.
FAU’s big coaching splash: Can it translate to more wins and revenue?

FAU’s big coaching splash: Can it translate to more wins and revenue?

A high-profile athletic department hire thrust Florida Atlantic University into the national spotlight this past week, with fans, faculty and football pundits contemplating: How exactly did a school with a football program still in its teenage years land — and afford — Lane Kiffin? If you ask university President John W. Kelly, the answer didn’t start on the fresh field...
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