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White Out: Downtown park turns white for outdoor charity dinner party

White Out: Downtown park turns white for outdoor charity dinner party

The green grass of the Meyer Amphitheater was covered in white Saturday night when more than 500 people converged for the annual Dreyofoos in White charity dinner. All of the guests wore white outfits and hosted their own al fresco dinners, sitting at tables elaborately decorated with different themes — from New York City’s Central Park to Halloween-themed skeletons and skulls. &ldquo...
Cops: PBG teacher admitted she made class judge 9-year-old’s behavior

Cops: PBG teacher admitted she made class judge 9-year-old’s behavior

A Palm Beach Gardens teacher accused in a lawsuit of making her students vote on whether a 9-year-old boy was “annoying” admitted to telling her class to judge the boy’s behavior, saying she believed the tactic would make him behave, police records show. Marsh Pointe Elementary teacher Julie Salvatoriello told police last year that the boy, who was later diagnosed with autism...
GL Homes mounts email campaign for its Ag Reserve development plan

GL Homes mounts email campaign for its Ag Reserve development plan

Palm Beach County commissioners are getting an earful — actually, an email in-box full — from backers of a controversial GL Homes development plan. The developer has asked county residents to let county commissioners know they support the builder’s plan to preserve 4,900 acres in The Acreage/Loxahatchee area in exchange for a rule change that would allow it to build more on land...
White nationalist at UF: Two arrested, five injured surrounding Richard Spencer speech

White nationalist at UF: Two arrested, five injured surrounding Richard Spencer speech

Follow the latest news on white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville: Two people were arrested and five people injured in the hours surrounding white nationalist Richard Spencer’s talk on the University of Florida’s campus Thursday, according to authorities.  Sean Brijmohan, 28, of Orlando, faces charges of possessing a firearm on...
#MeToo: 12 years later, Boca teacher’s sex abuse victims speak out

#MeToo: 12 years later, Boca teacher’s sex abuse victims speak out

Two of the four girls allegedly molested 12 years ago by a Boca Raton elementary teacher broke their silence Thursday to encourage other victims of sexual abuse to speak out, too. Invoking this week’s #MeToo movement on social media — in which women who have faced sexual harrassment or sexual assault are sharing their experiences to underscore the problem’s pervasiveness &mdash...
PBC school board blasts legal team for blaming girls in sex-abuse suit

PBC school board blasts legal team for blaming girls in sex-abuse suit

Palm Beach County School Board members harshly criticized their own legal team Wednesday for suggesting in court filings that four young girls were partly to blame for their injuries after being sexually molested 12 years ago by their third-grade teacher. As they approved a $3.5 million legal settlement with the four former students, board members said they were stunned by newspaper reports this...
Which 3 PBC schools will receive millions in ‘Schools of Hope’ funds?

Which 3 PBC schools will receive millions in ‘Schools of Hope’ funds?

Three struggling Palm Beach County public schools have been selected by state officials to receive millions of dollars in extra money to help improve student performance. The schools – Palm Beach Lakes High School, West Riviera Elementary and Gove Elementary – will receive an extra $7.5 million between them under the state’s new “Schools of Hope” program, part of controversial...

POINT OF VIEW: Time for Florida to take a closer look at charters

Florida’s charter school movement had humble beginnings in the 1990s, as pioneers promised tailored programs. Along the way, the lucrative for-profit industry convinced Florida’s Legislature and governor, through House Bill 7069, that their privately owned facilities should be funded at equal levels to Florida’s 4,200 public schools. This comes despite research showing charters have...
Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School hosts annual Back to School BBQ

Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School hosts annual Back to School BBQ

SOUTH TECH ACADEMY An open house begins at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the tuition-free charter school, 1300 SW 30th Ave., Boynton Beach. School staff will be on hand to provide information on academic and student support services, clubs and organizations. Admissions assistance will be available. Career academies include medical sciences, veterinary assisting, business management, digital film and broadcast...

Ben Carson Reading Rooms open at two elementary schools

ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL An open house is scheduled 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 26 for parents of prospective students for the 2018-2019 school year. Registration and refreshments in Coleman Hall will be followed by the program and tours of the school. Applications are being accepted for all grades, PK2 through eight. The school is at 3395 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Register online at www.stmarkspbg...
Palm Beach Central High debaters take home awards from competition

Palm Beach Central High debaters take home awards from competition

POLO PARK MIDDLE The school will celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics at its fifth annual Night of Science, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Participants can visit exhibits promoting STEM presented by the South Florida Science Center; experience the night sky in the walk-in planetarium; experiment with liquid nitrogen; and explore students’ science fair projects. Souvenirs and books are...
Charter schools banned from countywide school fair as tensions rise

Charter schools banned from countywide school fair as tensions rise

As Palm Beach County’s public school system showed off some of its most popular school programs to thousands of parents Tuesday, one segment of the public school sector was largely absent: charter schools. For the first time in recent memory, charter school leaders were banned from the school district’s annual “Showcase of Schools” at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The ban...
Scott in Boca: Wants $1 million for Jewish school security in 2018

Scott in Boca: Wants $1 million for Jewish school security in 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants the state to spend $1 million next year to help pay security costs at Jewish schools, a 53 percent increase over this year’s precedent-setting appropriation of $654,491 for safety measures. Scott made the announcement on Monday at Katz Hillel Day School west of Boca Raton, where many of the school’s 510 students lined walkways on the campus with hand-lettered...
Florida Gov. Scott wants $1 million for security at Jewish schools

Florida Gov. Scott wants $1 million for security at Jewish schools

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants the state to spend $1 million next year to help pay security costs at Jewish schools, up from $654,000 approved by legislators this year. Scott made the announcement at Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton, where many of the school’s 510 students lined walkways on the campus with hand-lettered signs to greet the governor. “I know many Floridians have been...
School choice season begins with 1 seat for almost every 2 applicants

School choice season begins with 1 seat for almost every 2 applicants

The first grading period in Palm Beach County schools has just come to a close and already it’s time for students to consider where they want to attend next year. If those plans include moving to a choice program at one of 117 schools, the application season is about to begin and the competition remains steep. The number of seats available has grown by a couple of thousand in the past two years...
Suit: PBG teacher made class vote on whether autistic boy was annoying

Suit: PBG teacher made class vote on whether autistic boy was annoying

A Palm Beach Gardens elementary school teacher forced a 9-year-old autistic boy to stand in front of his class twice last year while classmates voted on whether the boy was “annoying,” a federal lawsuit alleges. When the boy began crying and turned away to hide his tears, the Marsh Pointe Elementary teacher physically forced him to face the class, compounding his humiliation, the suit...
Kids moving from Odyssey Middle: What happens to other schools?

Kids moving from Odyssey Middle: What happens to other schools?

Plans that would assign some 1,900 students in Boynton Beach and its suburbs to five other middle schools in the region next fall after Odyssey Middle closes will be presented to parents in those communities later this month and could see a school board vote before the holidays. For years, Odyssey has operated half full, losing hundreds of its students – particularly white students &ndash...

POINT OF VIEW: Give Florida teachers a raise; pay the national average

The Florida Chamber of Commerce recently launched an interesting and useful website for Floridians called Launch My Career Florida. This new website helps people set their career goals by looking at their educational attainment and the kind of lifestyle they would like to lead. It then calculates how much they must earn to achieve that lifestyle goal. Not to be critical of the news site, but it points...
JUST IN: Gardens High ‘altercation’ involved student, staff member

JUST IN: Gardens High ‘altercation’ involved student, staff member

An altercation between a student and faculty member at Palm Beach Gardens High School took place inside a classroom Thursday afternoon, a Palm Beach County Schools District spokeswoman confirmed. Principal Larry Clawson sent a robocall to parents Thursday informing them of the incident. Clawson referred to a “brief altercation” between the student and faculty member and said no other students...
PBC school administrator removed from post amid Boca Raton High probe

PBC school administrator removed from post amid Boca Raton High probe

A high-ranking Palm Beach County public school administrator has been reassigned while officials investigate his decision as principal of Boca Raton High School to let a straight-A student take a class without receiving a grade, a potential violation of state rules, according to district officials and court records. Geoff McKee, Boca Raton High’s former longtime principal, has been transferred...
BREAKING: Dwyer High student arrested on bus for reportedly having gun

BREAKING: Dwyer High student arrested on bus for reportedly having gun

A Dwyer High School student was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a school bus for allegedly having a gun on him, Riviera Beach police said. The 16-year-old faces a charge of a juvenile in possession of a weapon. He was arrested near West 23rd Street and Avenue E while on Bus 659’s afternoon route, school principal Joe DePasquale said in a call to parents Wednesday. Have you seen them? Wanted fugitives...
NEW: Palm Beach State selects Loxahatchee Groves for dental building

NEW: Palm Beach State selects Loxahatchee Groves for dental building

In the battle of the campuses, Loxahatchee Groves is the winner. The Palm Beach State College board of trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to build the college’s new dental and medical services building at the western communities campus. Palm Beach State also will move its dental health education programs to Loxahatchee Groves. “We’re excited about adding the dental building to the...
Rosenblatt, Katz Yeshiva high-schoolers lend a hand in Key West

Rosenblatt, Katz Yeshiva high-schoolers lend a hand in Key West

SOUTHTECH ACADEMY An open house begins at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the tuition-free charter school, 1300 SW 30th Ave., Boynton Beach. School staff will be on hand to provide information on academic and student support services, clubs and organizations. Admissions assistance will be available.Career academies include medical sciences, veterinary assisting, business management, digital film and broadcast...
Martin County High students lend a hand at annual coastal cleanup

Martin County High students lend a hand at annual coastal cleanup

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL An open house is scheduled 9-11 a.m. Oct. 26 for parents of prospective students for the 2018-2019 school year. Registration and refreshments in Coleman Hall will be followed by the program and tours of the school. Applications are being accepted for all grades, PK2 through eight. The school is at 3395 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Register...
Mothers, daughters paint together at Equestrian Trails Elementary

Mothers, daughters paint together at Equestrian Trails Elementary

ALEXANDER W. DREYFOOS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS The Theatre Department will present Cole Porter’s Tony Award-winning musical “Kiss Me Kate” at the school’s Meyer Hall, 550 Tamarind Ave., West Palm Beach. Curtain time is 7 p.m. Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 3-4; and 2 p.m. Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 4-5. Tickets start at $10 and are available at www.seatyourself.biz/awdsoa. For groups of 10 or more...
Warning ignored? Schools may pay $3.5M in teacher sex assault case

Warning ignored? Schools may pay $3.5M in teacher sex assault case

The Palm Beach County School Board is set to pay more than $3.5 million to four young women who say they were sexually assaulted more than a decade ago by their third-grade teacher – actions they contend might’ve been avoided if administrators had heeded complaints about the man two years earlier. It’s a contention the school district has until now disputed. The district’s...
Florida Senate committee pushes to expand Bright Futures

Florida Senate committee pushes to expand Bright Futures

An additional 44,000 Bright Futures students would have their scholarships expanded under a bill approved Monday by the Senate Education Committee. The legislation (SB 4), sponsored by Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, would increase scholarship coverage for “medallion scholars” in state universities from the current $77 per credit hour to $159, or roughly 75 percent of the cost of tuition...
UF sets Oct. 19 for white nationalist speech; security to cost $500k

UF sets Oct. 19 for white nationalist speech; security to cost $500k

Saying it expects a tab of at least $500,000 for beefed-up security, the University of Florida announced Thursday that white nationalist leader Richard Spencer will speak on campus on Oct. 19. University President Kent Fuchs initially balked at a proposal for Spencer, a lightning-rod figure, to speak on campus in September. But facing the threat of a federal lawsuit, the university negotiated with...
Palm Beach County has 81 hurricane refugee students and counting

Palm Beach County has 81 hurricane refugee students and counting

Florida’s public schools are working to ease the path to enrolling students who come to the state from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and beyond. Already about 81 student refugees have arrived in Palm Beach County, and hundreds more are headed to class in the other large urban districts, officials report. Steps taken Friday by Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Education waived rules...
Will Boca elementary school stay at same site or move to beloved park?

Will Boca elementary school stay at same site or move to beloved park?

A dilapidated elementary school could be rebuilt on unused land at one of Boca Raton’s most beloved parks — but not all parents zoned for Addison Mizner Elementary school are supportive of the plan. The Palm Beach County School District aims to rebuild Addison Mizner Elementary, a 50-year-old school currently located on an 11-acre lot at the center of a neighborhood on Southwest 12th...
Superintendent Avossa tweets Post reports fake news, then apologizes

Superintendent Avossa tweets Post reports fake news, then apologizes

The head of the nation’s 11th-largest school district apologized for “bad judgment” in a late-night Twitter blast with a “fake news” hashtag as he took issue with reporting by The Palm Beach Post about a near tripling of district officials making more than $140,000 a year — including some he knew from previous jobs. “Ask @pbpost for facts — not false...
Best friend’s death inspires college scholarship for women in recovery

Best friend’s death inspires college scholarship for women in recovery

They were best friends since childhood, sticking together through good times and bad — from sleepovers, school dances and concerts to helping each other through their struggles with drug addiction. Amanda Marino went into recovery in 2007. She says she has been clean ever since. Her best friend, Kimberly Kinkle, fought hard to get sober. She was eight months clean when she relapsed...

PBC schools welcome dozens of student refugees from recent hurricanes

Already about 40 student hurricane refugees from Texas, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and even the Florida Keys have enrolled in Palm Beach County’s public schools, and more are expected, district officials said Wednesday. Superintendent Robert Avossa told his boundary advisory committee Tuesday that he’s asked the state to delay its official enrollment count that was due to happen...
Police: Teachers not at fault in playground sex acts at Boca school

Police: Teachers not at fault in playground sex acts at Boca school

Two elementary teachers responsible for monitoring a school playground when an autistic 7-year-old boy was coerced into performing sexual acts on classmates were not at fault, school district police found. The 2015 incident at Addison Mizner Elementary in Boca Raton – which prompted a $185,000 legal settlement last week between the child’s family and the Palm Beach County School Board...

The Weiss School hosts civil rights activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Book Fair Family Night takes place Oct. 18. The book fair opens at 5 p.m. A ziti dinner will be available for purchase 5:30-7 p.m. A magic show with Gary Midnight begins at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. The book fair also runs Oct. 16-20 during the school day for students. Call the school at 561-803-7200 for more information. THE WEISS SCHOOL The school&rsquo...

Boca Raton High School drama students to stage ‘Moon Over Buffalo’

BOCA RATON HIGH The Drama Department will present “Moon Over Buffalo” at 7 p.m. Oct.12-14, with a 2 p.m. matinee Oct. 14. Performances are in the school’s Kathryn Lindgren Theatre, 1501 NW 15th Court. Tickets are $10 for open seating. VIP reserved seating is available for $15. For more information, call 561-338-1533 or go to www.bocadrama.com. SPACE OF MIND SCHOOL The school is partnering...

Palm Beach Poetry Festival launches annual high school contest

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH The Homecoming pep rally takes place Friday, with seniors dressing in white, juniors in red, sophomores in gray/silver and freshmen in black. The football game kicks off at 7 p.m. against Palm Beach Lakes High. Homecoming king and queen will be announced pre-game at 6:45 p.m. The Homecoming Dance begins at 7 p.m. Saturday in the cafeteria. The Powder Puff Game is planned for 5...
Odyssey Middle’s students would go to these 5 schools

Odyssey Middle’s students would go to these 5 schools

Some 1,900 students  in Boynton Beach and its suburbs will be assigned to five other middle schools in the region next fall after Odyssey Middle School closes in June, according to a tentative plan to be presented to the Palm Beach County boundary advisory committee tonight.    The school board voted in July to close the 16-year-old school after years of faltering enrollment...
The number of PBC school execs making $140K has nearly tripled in 2 years

The number of PBC school execs making $140K has nearly tripled in 2 years

Palm Beach County’s public school system is paying big salaries to a growing number of administrators as Superintendent Robert Avossa expands the school district’s upper-management ranks.  Since Avossa took office in June 2015, the number of officials earning at least $140,000 a year has nearly tripled, from nine to 26, a Palm Beach Post analysis of school district salaries found...
PBC school board sues state, says charter-friendly law costs millions

PBC school board sues state, says charter-friendly law costs millions

The Palm Beach County School Board is suing the state over a new law that requires it to share property tax dollars with charter schools, calling the new requirement an unconstitutional attack on its authority to raise and spend local dollars. Attorneys filed the suit Thursday afternoon against the state Board of Education and state Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, marking the first of what will...

POINT OF VIEW: District not anti-charter so much as anti-competition

Re: the chairman of the School Board of Palm Beach County’s recent op-ed on charter schools. I agree that the district is not anti-charter school. If that were true, why would the board have approved six charter schools managed by the Florida Charter Educational Foundation? The existing schools perform well and continue to improve. The applications for the new schools were basically the same...
NEW: Lake Worth High student charged as adult in cafeteria fight

NEW: Lake Worth High student charged as adult in cafeteria fight

A fight in the Lake Worth High School cafeteria landed a student in the Palm Beach County Jail after he reportedly hit another teen in the head with brass knuckles. At about 12:30 p.m. Aug. 24, a staff member called Palm Beach County School District police over to a 17-year-old student who was “bleeding profusely from the right side of his head,” an arrest report states. See who&rsquo...
School board commits $150K to challenge charter-friendly law

School board commits $150K to challenge charter-friendly law

Palm Beach County School Board intends to spend up to $150,000 in legal fees to challenge state law that it contends will send an estimated $230 million of its capital budget to charter schools over the next decade. Although the board previously had discussed joining other school districts in a lawsuit over parts of House Bill 7069 that became law in June, the seven members voted unanimously...
District won’t punish any high school player who stages anthem protest

District won’t punish any high school player who stages anthem protest

With protests during the national anthem once again prevalent throughout the NFL, the Palm Beach County School District has not changed its policy regarding local players kneeling during the anthem, school district spokeswoman Kathy Burstein said this week. “If students kneel during the playing of the national anthem, there should be no consequences or interventions for this action,” Burstein...
After Hurricane Irma: PBC School Board agrees to 3 make-up days

After Hurricane Irma: PBC School Board agrees to 3 make-up days

Palm Beach County students can scratch three school holidays off their calendars, they have been appropriated as make-up days for time lost because of Hurricane Irma. The days had been slated for teacher planning and training, but the School Board voted unanimously Wednesday to use them instead to help students gain any lost ground before anyone has to sit for high-stakes exams. The make-up days:...

Principals named for Del Prado, Greenacres elementaries

New principals for two elementary schools were announced at Wednesday’s School Board meeting. Kathryn Morem, who was most recently working in Martin County, will be taking the helm at Del Prado Elementary in Boca Raton. Deborah McNichols has been promoted to principal at Greenacres Elementary school. McNichols has been an assistant principal at Jupiter Elementary and before that at Conservatory...
NEW: Boynton mother reportedly brought loaded gun to elementary school

NEW: Boynton mother reportedly brought loaded gun to elementary school

A Boynton Beach mother was arrested Tuesday after she reportedly pulled a gun on another driver who was headed to pick up a child at Galaxy Elementary School, Palm Beach County School District Police records state. Victoria Thomas, 25, faces a charge of possessing a weapon on school property. She was being held early Wednesday in the Palm Beach County Jail on a $7,000 bond. A judge ordered she have...

Seminole Ridge High School plans Homecoming Week events

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH Homecoming Week begins Monday, when students can wear their favorite sports jerseys and other sports attire. Tuesday’s dress-up theme is “tacky tourist.” On Wednesday, each class will have a theme: seniors, kings and queens; juniors, Peter Pan characters; sophomores, super heroes and villains; and freshmen, fairy tales and folktales. Food trucks will be at the...

Schools offer free breakfast, lunch to all students through Oct. 20

SPANISH RIVER HIGH Students can help support school clubs by purchasing food from local vendors 11:30-noon Oct. 5. SAINT ANDREW’S SCHOOL Five members of the Class of 2018 have been named as semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Alex Delhumeau, Sophie Howell, Min Hee Joo, Owen Nottman and Hayley Sussman will compete against 16,000 other students for a chance to obtain...

Jupiter Elks Lodge seeks participants for annual Haunted Lodge event

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS THE WEISS SCHOOL An open house begins at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 20 at the school, 4176 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. To attend, RSVP to Pam Tripp at 561-209-2474. PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY The school is encouraging students to walk or ride their bikes to school on Wednesday, National Walk to School Day. BRIEFLY Higher Standards Real Estate Co. is sponsoring the Hispanic Women...
After Hurricane Irma: PBC public schools propose 3 make-up days

After Hurricane Irma: PBC public schools propose 3 make-up days

Palm Beach County’s public schools plan to schedule three make-up days to recover classroom time missed because of Hurricane Irma, including the last day of the winter break. The school district on Tuesday announced three proposed make-up days: Monday, Oct. 16; Friday, Nov. 3 and Monday, Jan. 8. The county school board will consider the plan on Wednesday. All three days were previously scheduled...
Boy allegedly forced into sex acts at Boca school may receive $185K

Boy allegedly forced into sex acts at Boca school may receive $185K

A 7-year-old autistic boy who attorneys say was coerced into performing sex acts on classmates on an elementary school playground will receive $185,000 from the Palm Beach County School Board under a proposed settlement. Police say the boy, now 9, was on a playground at Addison Mizner Elementary School in Boca Raton in November 2015 when other students announced that they were starting a &ldquo...

POINT OF VIEW: Study shows Florida girls behind peers on many markers

As families all over Palm Beach County get back on their school schedules, great opportunities must be provided to girls to help them gain the confidence and skills they need to be successful in life — especially at a time when Florida isn’t necessarily helping girls live up to their potential. In the third edition of State of Girls, the first research report to focus on the health and...

POINT OF VIEW: Public school financing must change

With the increasing federal drumbeat to spend a trillion dollars rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure through public-private partnerships, public school districts should seize the same opportunity. Since the public sector often is criticized for paying too much and taking too long, it is time to enlist the private sector’s expertise and efficiencies to strengthen the public education...
Shooter gets 48 years in prison for murder of FAU student selling pot

Shooter gets 48 years in prison for murder of FAU student selling pot

For the 19 years he was alive, Nicholas Acosta was the apple of his father’s eye. He was the child who Maximino Acosta called “mini-me” and brought to work with him to show off. The father beamed with pride when the boy gave his client stock tips and correctly predicted the rise of the online giant Amazon. Alexander Gillis’ early ride through life was much less idyllic, born...

POINT OF VIEW: PBC schools charter challenge a matter of local control

When the Palm Beach County School Board rejected a charter school application in December 2014, it brought a flurry of headlines – and gave the school district and School Board a reputation that it is opposed to charter schools. As a former charter school principal and longtime educator, I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. While our differences with charter schools are...
Court ruling could end PBC school board’s fight to block a charter school

Court ruling could end PBC school board’s fight to block a charter school

Renaissance Charter in Royal Palm Beach is one of six Charter Schools USA schools in Palm Beach County. (File photo) The Florida Supreme Court today handed a legal victory to a charter school company battling the Palm Beach County School Board for the right to open a school west of Delray Beach. Justices refused to hear the school board’s appeal of the case, letting stand a ...
Bak Middle School cancels classes after power outage

Bak Middle School cancels classes after power outage

Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach (File photo). Bak Middle School of the Arts canceled classes and sent students home this morning after power went out at the West Palm Beach school. A school district spokeswoman confirmed that a power outage was reported at the school around 7:15 a.m. The school has a backup generator but it does not operate the air-conditioner...
PBC clears path to free school meals through Oct. 20 in Irma’s wake

PBC clears path to free school meals through Oct. 20 in Irma’s wake

File photo behind the scenes at a Palm Beach County school cafeteria. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the school district has the go ahead to offer free meals to all students from today through Friday, Oct. 20, Palm Beach County school officials announced Monday. “Breakfast is always free in Palm Beach County, and for the next month, the...
Florida International law school grads beat UF and FSU on recent exam

Florida International law school grads beat UF and FSU on recent exam

Florida International University Law School gets bragging rights for having the highest percentage of students who passed the most recent Florida Bar exam on their first try, according to figures released Monday. Graduates of the public university in Miami bested those who attended law school at Florida State University, the University of Florida and the University of Miami in the exam that was administered...

POINT OF VIEW: Celebrate and recognize importance of our Constitution

Today is Constitution Day, and it commemorates the date in 1787 that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention finished their work and signed the U.S. Constitution — a document that defines the structure and character of our nation to this day. No matter what your interests are or the paths you have taken, it is the Constitution that sets forth the guarantees of freedom that allow you to...
Hurricane Irma: After 7 missed days, PBC public schools weigh makeups

Hurricane Irma: After 7 missed days, PBC public schools weigh makeups

Palm Beach County may have dodged the worst of Hurricane Irma’s winds, but the storm dealt a direct hit to classrooms. After seven days of canceled classes, the county’s public school system is weighing whether it needs to resort to makeup days to recoup lost classroom time when classes resume Monday. No decision has been made, but Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said he was worried...
Hurricane Irma: Employees question county shelter staffing policy

Hurricane Irma: Employees question county shelter staffing policy

No on-site training. Little guidance. Long, exhausting hours of work with frightened, confused residents. And, perhaps worst of all, forced separation from family members during a hurricane. Palm Beach County’s requirement that county employees staff evacuation shelters was an unfair, forced burden on employees who were ill-equipped to provide meaningful assistance to the people they were assigned...

POINT OF VIEW: The real value of make-believe

Of course, children prefer scooping and eating real ice cream to playing with wooden cones adorned with pretend sparkles. Duh! They would like to drive real cars, too. But just because children prefer the real deal, as research by Angeline Lillard, of the University of Virginia, shows, that does not negate the value of make-believe and toy play. In fact, scientific studies give us reason to believe...
After Hurricane Irma: More than 75% of PBC public schools have power

After Hurricane Irma: More than 75% of PBC public schools have power

More than 75 percent of Palm Beach County’s public schools now have power, the school district says, a rate of progress that has administrators optimistic that schools will be ready to reopen on Monday. Hurricane Irma left just 25 percent of the county’s more than 180 public schools with power on Monday, officials said, but the number of schools with electricity has tripled in 48 hours...
After Hurricane Irma: 27 PBC schools will serve kids free meals

After Hurricane Irma: 27 PBC schools will serve kids free meals

More than two dozen Palm Beach County public schools will be offering free meals to children and their families on Thursday and Friday to ensure access to nutritious meals as schools work to reopen after Hurricane Irma. The 27 campuses will serve breakfast and lunch to anyone under 18, along with their adult caretakers, the school district said. Breakfasts will be served from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch...

Seminole Ridge High to host Junior-Senior Parent Night

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH The annual fall Junior-Senior Parent Night begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in the auditorium. Information on applying to college and for financial aid will be provided, and several college and university representatives will be on hand. The Drama Department will perform “Murder on the Nile” Oct. 19-21 as its first production of the school year. Tickets, available online or...

SouthTech Preparatory Academy hosts open house event

SOUTHTECH PREPARATORY ACADEMY An open house begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on the campus at 1325 Gateway Blvd., Boynton Beach. School staff will be on hand to provide information on academic and student support services, clubs and organizations. Admissions assistance will be available. The tuition-free charter school serves students in grades six through eight. The school educates students in the STEAM...

John Carroll High AP students recognized for achievements

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS BRIEFLY The Palm Beach County Council of PTAs will host Family Fun Night at Florida Atlantic University Stadium on Saturday. The festivities begin at 6 p.m., with the kickoff for the FAU football game against Bethune-Cookman University at 8. End zone tickets and parking passes are $5 each. Call 561-297-6720 for ticket information. TREASURE COAST SCHOOLS JOHN CARROLL HIGH...
Hurricane Irma: PBC public schools will be closed all week

Hurricane Irma: PBC public schools will be closed all week

Palm Beach County’s public schools will remain closed for the rest of the week as the school district reckons with widespread power outages, malfunctioning air-conditioners, fallen trees and a scattered work force. Two days after Hurricane Irma blew through, Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa announced Tuesday that it would be impossible to open schools this week given the extent of the power...
Hurricane Irma: PBC public schools will be closed through Wednesday

Hurricane Irma: PBC public schools will be closed through Wednesday

Palm Beach County’s public schools will remain closed at least through Wednesday as utility workers rush to restore power and educators repair “significant damage” at campuses across the county. More than 130 schools were without power one day after Hurricane Irma mowed through the region, and the air-conditioning systems at about three dozen other campuses were not functioning properly...
Cerabino: Scenes of sadness, sharing in a Boca Raton shelter

Cerabino: Scenes of sadness, sharing in a Boca Raton shelter

*** It’s nearly dark in the cafeteria. Only a faint ring of lights on the ceiling illuminate the floor, which is packed with humanity. Young families with toddlers, homeless men with freshly-provided clothing, retirees sprawled on makeshift bedding on the floor. We’re all here, roughing it as best we can in this refuge of last resort. For some of the older people, the decision to get down...
Hurricane Irma: Palm Beach, Martin county schools closed Tuesday

Hurricane Irma: Palm Beach, Martin county schools closed Tuesday

The storm may roll out of town by day’s end Monday, but Palm Beach County schools will be closed at least through Tuesday, Superintendent Robert Avossa said Sunday morning. Avossa had been fielding queries through social media over the weekend, and had expressed concern about how families, both students’ and employees’, would return from sometimes distant locations after evacuating...
Hurricane Irma: Latest updates on weather, power, more

Hurricane Irma: Latest updates on weather, power, more

Hurricane Irma is looking like less of a direct threat to Palm Beach County, but Irma is wider than Florida and her reach is long - long enough to deliver tropical storm winds and even hurricane-force gusts this far east. Keep posted on the latest regarding shelters, curfews and more here.  As we slog through Saturday, Sept. 9, this is what we know so far:  Update, 2:10 a.m.: Hurricane...
POINT OF VIEW: PBC schools charter challenge a matter of local control

POINT OF VIEW: PBC schools charter challenge a matter of local control

When the Palm Beach County School Board rejected a charter school application in December 2014, it brought a flurry of headlines – and gave the school district and School Board a reputation that it is opposed to charter schools. As a former charter school principal and longtime educator, I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. While our differences with charter schools are...
Hurricane Irma: More than 11k take shelter as storm approaches 

Hurricane Irma: More than 11k take shelter as storm approaches 

If your phone didn’t alert you to reality last night just as you  were finally nodding  off after a day of shuttering, it is official: Palm Beach County is under a hurricane warning. Hurricane Irma continues to head our way and is expected to strike the tip of the Florida peninsula early Sunday morning.  But the tropical storm-force winds will get here much earlier - closer...

POINT OF VIEW: Where have all the astronauts gone?

This summer, NASA was pushing for fifth-grade students to reach for the stars by getting involved in STEM, doing well in school, and excelling in mathematics and science. The United States continually ranks lower than other world powers in all subjects. I ask you, “How can one achieve greatness with only 10 minutes of science a day in fourth grade?” “How can one create inquisitive...
Hurricane Irma: PBC emergency shelters gear up for record influx

Hurricane Irma: PBC emergency shelters gear up for record influx

Tens of thousands of people are expected to seek refuge in Palm Beach County’s emergency shelters as Hurricane Irma nears, an unprecedented test of the county’s shelter system. Emergency managers are opening 15 public shelters across the county beginning today at 10. The total capacity is about 47,000 people, and officials say they expect shelters to mostly fill up. “We expect to...
Hurricane Irma: Curfews, evacuations and shelters

Hurricane Irma: Curfews, evacuations and shelters

Hurricane Irma is a certainty for South Florida, expected to make landfall somewhere in the state Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane. That may be days away but lots of things are happening as residents prepare. We’ll keep you posted as to what’s going on, Thursday, Sept. 7.  Here’s what we know so far:  Delray Beach said their city-wide curfew will begin 2 a.m. Saturday,...
PBC school bus driver fired after 5 crashes in 1 year

PBC school bus driver fired after 5 crashes in 1 year

File photo (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post) A Palm Beach County school bus driver has been fired after officials said he was involved in five bus crashes in less than a year. The county school board voted today to fire driver Craig Freeman, 59. He will have an opportunity to appeal the termination. In a termination letter, school district officials say that Freeman was involved in...
Donna Klein Jewish Academy students gear up for new school year

Donna Klein Jewish Academy students gear up for new school year

SOUTHTECH PREPARATORY ACADEMY An open house begins at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 on the campus at 1325 Gateway Blvd., Boynton Beach. School staff will be on hand to provide information on academic and student support services, clubs and organizations. Admissions assistance will be available. The tuition-free charter school serves students in grades six through eight. The school educates students in the STEAM...
Suncoast High School Foundation Board adds three new members

Suncoast High School Foundation Board adds three new members

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS THE WEISS SCHOOL An open house begins at 8 a.m. Friday at the school, 4176 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. RSVP to Pam Tripp at 561-209-2474 or ptripp@weissschool.org. ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Curriculum Night begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for families of students in grades three through five. The program is for parents/guardians only; no child care will be available. For more...
Wellington Elementary hosts Meet the Teacher event

Wellington Elementary hosts Meet the Teacher event

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH Choral groups will hold a car wash fundraiser at the Acreage McDonald’s 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The annual fall Junior-Senior Parent Night begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in the auditorium. Information on applying to college and financial aid will be provided, and several college and university representatives will be on hand. For more information, contact the guidance department...
FAU closing Wed., PBC public schools and PBSC on Thursday

FAU closing Wed., PBC public schools and PBSC on Thursday

UPDATE, 10 p.m.: Palm Beach State College campuses will be closed Thursday through Sunday. UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: Florida Atlantic University canceled classes Wednesday through Sunday, but staff members are expected to be on campus Wednesday. ORIGINAL STORY: Palm Beach County’s public schools will close Thursday and Friday as the region braces for Hurricane Irma. The county school...
Avossa: Trump’s immigration move is contrary to “American Dream”

Avossa: Trump’s immigration move is contrary to “American Dream”

Robert Avossa, Superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County, speaks to members of the media about the bus situation in a press conference Wednesday, August 19, 2015. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post) Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa blasted President Trump’s decision today to end protections for younger immigrants residing...
Hurricane Irma: PBC schools open for now; District keeps eye on forecast

Hurricane Irma: PBC schools open for now; District keeps eye on forecast

Palm Beach County School District Officials are watching the hurricane forecast closely but have not yet made the call regarding if and when schools would close. The district works closely with the county’s emergency managers in making that call, spokeswoman Kathy Burstein said. Those emergency managers, including representatives from various emergency services, are...
Don’t spend that $10 million just yet, PBC schools warn charter schools

Don’t spend that $10 million just yet, PBC schools warn charter schools

Clip art A new law requires Palm Beach County’s public school system to share an extra $10 million with charter schools this year, but school district leaders are telling those schools not to make any spending plans just yet. In a letter dated Aug. 25, the school district warns the county’s 48 charter schools to “refrain from pledging any and all future revenues&rdquo...
Why more Palm Beach County schools are converting to K-8

Why more Palm Beach County schools are converting to K-8

Hidden Oaks Elementary opened in suburban Boynton Beach 12 years ago as a remedy to crowding at six nearby schools, but in the past five years, it has struggled to fill even two-thirds of its seats. One of its biggest siphons has been charter schools, including one just a five-minute walk away. Several of those charters offered something Palm Beach County parents can’t typically find in traditional...
UPDATE: Three injured in crash involving Palm Beach County School bus

UPDATE: Three injured in crash involving Palm Beach County School bus

12:35 p.m. UPDATE: Three people were taken to hospitals following a two-vehicle crash involving a school bus Thursday morning near Belvedere and Benoist Farms roads, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue reports. The crash occurred shortly before 9 a.m. It was not clear which vehicle the injured persons were taken from, said Capt. Albert Borroto, Fire Rescue spokesman. Original story: A bus driving students...
PB County sees record enrollment even as charter schools lose students

PB County sees record enrollment even as charter schools lose students

Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa greets students at Washington Elementary School (Photo courtesy of Palm Beach County School District) Enrollment in Palm Beach County schools has grown again, this time by more than 1,300 students, hitting 193,972, according to the year’s first head count. But in a new twist, none of that growth happened in charter...
Avossa: PBC’s supposed spike in teacher happiness was just bad math

Avossa: PBC’s supposed spike in teacher happiness was just bad math

Three months ago, Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa presented school board members with promising results from his efforts to reform the county’s public schools: a record number of happy teachers. The rate at which teachers and other school employees gave their schools high marks on anonymous surveys had jumped five percentage points in one year, he said, and four points...
Oxbridge Academy Speech & Debate Team earns high marks at nationals

Oxbridge Academy Speech & Debate Team earns high marks at nationals

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH At the Universal Cheerleaders’ Association annual summer camp, held on the Florida Atlantic University campus, the varsity squad earned Superior and Leadership awards, first place in the Extreme Routine Competition and two Spirit Sticks. The junior varsity cheerleaders won a Superior award and second place in the Extreme Routine Competition. The Hawks also earned the coveted...
Somerset Academy Canyons High student takes home HOSA gold

Somerset Academy Canyons High student takes home HOSA gold

CARVER MIDDLE The school will receive $100,000 from the city of Delray Beach and its mayor, Cary Glickstein. The funds, which will be distributed in 2018, will further the school’s magnet program and provide additional professional development to the teachers at the school. The donation also will provide instructional technology, a summer academic enrichment program between Carver Middle and...
Riviera Beach Kiwanis Club awards 19 scholarships to area students

Riviera Beach Kiwanis Club awards 19 scholarships to area students

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS THE WEISS SCHOOL An open house begins at 8 a.m. Sept. 8 at the school, 4176 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. RSVP to Pam Tripp at 561-209-2474 or ptripp@weissschool.org. ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Curriculum Night events are scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for families of students in kindergarten through second grade, and at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 for families of students in grades...
NEW: Florida exchange student gets house arrest in sex abuse of underage sister

NEW: Florida exchange student gets house arrest in sex abuse of underage sister

A 21-year-old who came to Miami from Spain as a foreign-exchange student was sentenced to house arrest Tuesday in a case involving the sexual abuse of her underage sister with her one-time American host, who later committed suicide. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office has not decided if it will formally charge Marta San Jose, The Miami Herald reported.  San Jose and Dale Leary,...

POINT OF VIEW: Clinic to be a neighbor delivering medicine

Recently, there has been some discussion about the location of a dispensary that Modern Health Concepts is opening in Lake Worth because of its proximity to a public charter school, the Academy for Positive Learning. In an effort to be a good community partner and resolve this issue with our neighbors, Modern Health Concepts has refrained from litigating this matter in the press; but, now we feel...
Donated Christmas toys became test-taking prizes at this Palm Beach Gardens school

Donated Christmas toys became test-taking prizes at this Palm Beach Gardens school

Clip art Grove Park Elementary spent $14,000 on a 3-hour field trip to a Miami zoo, used school funds to buy Saks Fifth Avenue sandals for an assistant principal, and hoarded donated Christmas toys for use as rewards for students with high test scores, a school board investigation found. Principal JoAnne Rogers did not violate any policies last year when her Palm Beach Gardens...
LATEST: Crash with county school bus slows I-95 traffic in Lake Worth

LATEST: Crash with county school bus slows I-95 traffic in Lake Worth

Children were on a Palm Beach County School District bus that was in a crash Monday morning with two cars on northbound Interstate 95 in Lake Worth, but none were hurt, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky confirmed. Wysocky said two cars collided and one then struck the bus. He said he had no immediate word on injuries to people in the cars. The bus was headed to Bak Middle School of the Arts...
Editorial: Medical marijuana clinic, Lake Worth school a bad mix

Editorial: Medical marijuana clinic, Lake Worth school a bad mix

Thousands of Floridians are impatiently awaiting the arrival of medical marijuana. And well-funded companies, more corporate than counterculture, are gearing up around the state. But there’s trepidation, too. Although Palm Beach County commissioners are advancing an ordinance to allow dispensaries in unincorporated areas, many Florida municipalities have banned dispensaries, at least temporarily...
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