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POINT OF VIEW: District committed, but state budget key to teacher pay

I’d like to respond to Post reader Ernest Terrien’s Nov. 14 Letter to the Editor inquiring about the complete benefits package of a teacher with five years of experience. The average five-year teacher rated as highly effective earns $43,297 for a 196-day contract that includes six paid holidays. In addition to this base salary, teachers receive additional benefits that significantly increase...
Lantana boy’s death has school principal ‘smiling and crying’

Lantana boy’s death has school principal ‘smiling and crying’

A day before he died, 8-year-old LeAndre Desronvil greeted his elementary-school principal in his typical fashion — a running start followed by a tight bear hug and a toothy grin. “He would look at you with that smile that was like no other smile,” said Marie A. Turchiaro, the principal at Palm Beach Maritime Academy for the past 17 years. “It just lit up a room. I&rsquo...
Teachers union head says Avossa made false charge against him in critical email

Teachers union head says Avossa made false charge against him in critical email

The leader of Palm Beach County’s teachers union says that Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa leveled a false accusation against him when he blasted him for “hostile tactics” in an email Wednesday. In the email, Avossa accused Justin Katz, the union’s recently elected president, of selectively editing videos of the school district’s negotiations with the teachers...
NEW: Teens accused of selling oxycodone, fentanyl at St. Lucie school

NEW: Teens accused of selling oxycodone, fentanyl at St. Lucie school

Two male students from Fort Pierce Central High School were arrested Thursday for attempting to sell oxycodone and fentanyl on campus, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said. The teens, ages 17 and 16, were in possession of two prescription fentanyl patches and “an assortment of white pills weighing almost half a pound,” among them oxycodone, in a large resealable plastic bag...
Bullying hotlines go down at 3 schools; officials scramble for fix

Bullying hotlines go down at 3 schools; officials scramble for fix

The posters across Spanish River High’s campus have touted a bullying hotline for as long as Natalia Galicza can recall. Been bullied? This is a number to call for help. They mentioned it at a class assembly, put the number up on a PowerPoint presentation. But this fall, the co-editor of the student newspaper was tipped that the hotline was dead and had been for a while. So Galicza gave the...
BREAKING: Gas leak brings evacuation of Loxahatchee middle school

BREAKING: Gas leak brings evacuation of Loxahatchee middle school

A gas leak Friday morning led to the brief evacuation of Osceola Creek Middle School, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said. The leak was reported at about 11 a.m., Fire Rescue said on its Twitter page. Crews found quickly found the source of the leak and stopped the flow of gas. Readings inside the school were normal after the leak was capped, and students were expected to be returned to clas shortly...
Why did a neon green fern spark an environmental, government showdown?

Why did a neon green fern spark an environmental, government showdown?

A wild fight over a snarling fern threatened the status of the last remaining piece of the northern Everglades in Palm Beach County, but a compromise in the year-long battle promises salvation for the emerald gem in Florida’s river of grass. The dispute — one with a uniquely Florida flavor — was between the South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...
Tempers flare as Avossa calls teachers union head ‘hostile’ and ‘inexperienced’

Tempers flare as Avossa calls teachers union head ‘hostile’ and ‘inexperienced’

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa blasted the county teacher union’s first-year president Wednesday as “hostile” and “inexperienced,” accusing him of mishandling contract negotiations and misinforming teachers “in an attempt to incite your membership.” The comments, made in an email sent by Avossa to union President Justin Katz, were the...
NEW: Inlet Grove High School evacuated after reported fire

NEW: Inlet Grove High School evacuated after reported fire

Inlet Grove High School was evacuated Thursday afternoon after reports of a possible fire, Riviera Beach Fire Rescue authorities said. Crews say the fire was from a belt in the air-conditioning system. Power to the West 28th Street school was shut down while crews worked on ventilating the building.
Former PBC teacher loses license after telling student her ‘curves are spicy’

Former PBC teacher loses license after telling student her ‘curves are spicy’

A former Seminole Ridge High School math teacher has been stripped of his teaching license after telling a 15-year-old student three years ago that he fantasized about her and that her “curves are spicy.” Samuel Fiore was a math teacher at the Westlake school in 2014 when police concluded he passed a series of notes to a student in a hallway saying her eyes were “sexy,&rdquo...
John F. Kennedy Middle Schools celebrates Red Ribbon Week

John F. Kennedy Middle Schools celebrates Red Ribbon Week

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS JUPITER MIDDLE Disney’s “Beauty & the Beast Jr.” will be presented at 7 p.m. today and Friday in the auditorium. The musical is directed by drama teacher Donnie Quigley and co-directed by Johnnie Butler. Meghan Thomas as Belle, Gavin Baird as the Beast/Prince and Riley Flynn as Lumiere join a cast of 50 students on-stage and 19 working as backstage crew...
Rosarian students present ‘Sleeping Beauty — Kids’ to sold-out audience

Rosarian students present ‘Sleeping Beauty — Kids’ to sold-out audience

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH Students of the Week for Nov. 6-10: Melissa Villagas, Zoe Childers, Faithlyn Taylor and Edgard Maysonet. In a recent district competition, students in the drama program earned not only straight superiors but also were named Critics’ Choice and first alternate for state competition. Students performed Matt Casarino’s comedy “A Curtain Call to Arms, or The Final...
Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School hosts annual Trunk-or-Treat festivities

Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School hosts annual Trunk-or-Treat festivities

FOREST PARK ELEMENTARY Through the sponsorship of Earl Abramson and Sheila Schlaggar, the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Carson Scholars Fund has opened a Ben Carson Reading Room at the school. The purpose of the Ben Carson Reading Project is to create a literacy-enriched environment for children to enhance their reading skills. This is the 16th reading room to open in Palm Beach County SANDPIPER...
Scott’s state budget seeks tax cuts, money for education

Scott’s state budget seeks tax cuts, money for education

With a backdrop of generators, chainsaws and pressure washers in a Duval County hardware store, Rick Scott on Tuesday unveiled his final budget proposal as Florida’s governor, releasing an $87.4 billion plan that calls for $180 million in tax cuts and increased education spending. “In 2010, when I (first) ran for election most people doubted that a business person could come in and try...
Wellington Rotary to nearly wipe out student lunch debt with $20K gift

Wellington Rotary to nearly wipe out student lunch debt with $20K gift

A Wellington charity is poised to cover the unpaid school lunch bills for more than 10,000 Palm Beach County students today by donating $20,000 to the school district. In a year when the cause of school lunch debt was highlighted nationally, and several unexpected donations were made locally, this is the largest in anyone’s memory, said Allison Monbleau, the district’s director of school...
Her school soared from F to B. Now a decorated PBC principal is back on top

Her school soared from F to B. Now a decorated PBC principal is back on top

Few principals know better than Sandra Edwards the dizzying effect of leading a small, poor elementary school through the zigs and zags of Florida’s school-grading system. In her first four years at the helm of Washington Elementary, the state labeled the Riviera Beach school a C school, an A school, an A school again, and a D school. Then, in 2016, came the gut-punch: an F grade, the first...
Parent workshop on mood and anxiety disorders in teens tonight

Parent workshop on mood and anxiety disorders in teens tonight

An expert on depression, bipolar and other mood disorders in young people will talk at a workshop open to all parents and adults this evening at Park Vista High School. Dr. Karen Swartz of Johns Hopkins will cover topics including characteristics, symptoms, prevalence and treatment of these disorders that include depression and bipolar disorder, but several others as well. Swartz was among the professionals...
Ex-Santaluces coach loses license over ‘naked’ request to student

Ex-Santaluces coach loses license over ‘naked’ request to student

The state has permanently revoked the teaching certificate of a girls basketball coach who was fired from Santaluces High in 2015 for sending a 17-year-old student an electronic message that read in part that he wanted to see her naked, according to state and school district records. While investigators confirmed Garrick Black sent the message, they found no evidence of anything criminal – there...
NEW: Fast-acting Wellington teachers credited with saving boy’s life

NEW: Fast-acting Wellington teachers credited with saving boy’s life

Two Wellington teachers are to thank for saving the life of one of their students last week. Third-grader Kolston Moradi was waiting to be picked up from Equestrian Trails Elementary School on Nov. 1 when in a “freak accident” his freshly sharpened pencil stabbed into his arm near his armpit as he sat down — without him feeling a thing, according to a Palm Beach County School...
Guy Harvey to headline college’s STEAM lunch in West Palm Beach 

Guy Harvey to headline college’s STEAM lunch in West Palm Beach 

Artist and marine conservationist Guy Harvey will be the keynote speaker for the Palm Beach State College Foundation’s lunch focused on science, technology, arts and math, the college announced last week. Harvey grew up fishing and diving with his father along the south coast of Jamaica. He earned a doctoral degree in fisheries biology and taught for a short time before quitting to focus on...
A bus aide inflicted prolonged pain on a young boy. Prosecutors called it ‘permissible’

A bus aide inflicted prolonged pain on a young boy. Prosecutors called it ‘permissible’

Over the course of more than 30 minutes, a Palm Beach County school bus aide twisted, squeezed and drove his elbow into the body of an autistic 8-year-old boy, vowing to make him cry as the boy screamed in pain. “It hurt? It’s supposed to,” the aide said at one point as the boy moaned.  “You try me, it’s gonna hurt even worse,” he said later. School district...
Allamanda Elementary School takes home trophy from 5K Ghost Run

Allamanda Elementary School takes home trophy from 5K Ghost Run

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Middle School Choice Programs will be the focus of a School Advisory Council meeting at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Media Center. Representatives from area middle schools, including Watson B. Duncan, H. L. Watkins, Bak Middle School or the Arts and Jupiter Middle, will make brief presentations, answer questions and assist with the application process....
Lantana mayor reads to students at Palm Beach Maritime Academy

Lantana mayor reads to students at Palm Beach Maritime Academy

TRADEWINDS MIDDLE The Music Department will present a free Fall Concert at 7 p.m. today. The performance will include a salute to veterans, with a PowerPoint presentation of heroes from the school’s family and friends. Donations are requested for the Support Our Troops Organization. Among items needed are travel-size toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo and body wash; nonperishable food, including...
Saint Andrew’s School student chosen to talk with ISS astronauts

Saint Andrew’s School student chosen to talk with ISS astronauts

OMNI MIDDLE The school recently welcomed the Dream Garden to its campus, provided by Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, which partners with both public and private entities to adopt environmentally conscious programs and practices. Jeannine Rizzo, who works with the Wellness Initiative, part of the Department of Food Services for the school district, was a central figure in bringing this donation to...
LATEST: Student roamed school briefly after loaded gun magazine found

LATEST: Student roamed school briefly after loaded gun magazine found

An armed 12-year-old Jeaga Middle School student was allowed to walk around the West Palm Beach school — at least briefly — on Nov. 1 after a pistol magazine loaded with bullets was found under his desk in a classroom, according to a police report obtained by The Palm Beach Post. The boy was also allegedly in possession of a semi-automatic handgun that he had stashed in a bathroom...
NEW: Calling outer space: County students speak to astronaut in orbit

NEW: Calling outer space: County students speak to astronaut in orbit

As the voice began to crackle through the radio, nearly a dozen Palm Beach County students, their parents and others gathered at the South Florida Science Museum waited with excitement. Seconds later, it was the moment the students may never forget. They were communicating live with Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli as he orbited the Earth aboard the International Space Station. For about 10 minutes...
VIDEO: Motorcyclist dead after crash with school bus in Greenacres

VIDEO: Motorcyclist dead after crash with school bus in Greenacres

A motorcyclist is dead after colliding with a school bus Wednesday morning in Greenacres, city Fire Rescue authorities said. The crash happened shortly after 7 a.m. near the intersection of Jog Road and Forest Hill Boulevard. Four children and a bus driver were on the bus but they were not injured, according to authorities. The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet, Fire Rescue crews said, and...
Seminole Ridge students deliver backpacks to Acreage Pines Elementary

Seminole Ridge students deliver backpacks to Acreage Pines Elementary

BAK MIDDLE SCHOOL OF THE ARTS The Theatre Department’s Junior Thespian Troupe will present “Caught in the Middle,” a comic farce written and directed by Richard Valentine. Showtime is 7 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 at the school, 1725 Echo Lake Drive, West Palm Beach. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Purchase at the door (cash only) or online at www.seatyourself...
William T. Dwyer High students sponsor drive for county food bank

William T. Dwyer High students sponsor drive for county food bank

ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Students and families can drop off their leftover Halloween candy at the school, where it will be used to build gingerbread houses at the Gingerbread Family Night on Dec. 13. Families are invited to walk on the newly resurfaced Nature Area path at 7:15 a.m. Fridays when school is in session. Try-Day Friday for students is Nov. 10 and begins with a healthy breakfast in the cafeteria...
How a parent’s Facebook post sent a Boynton charter into damage control

How a parent’s Facebook post sent a Boynton charter into damage control

A popular parenting website called a Boynton Beach-area charter school’s new bathroom policy “truly absurd.” A Yahoo news article said the school’s move raised questions about potential “child abuse.” The problem: Franklin Academy says both articles were inaccurate and based on an erroneous claim that a mother made on Facebook. With the help of social...
JUST IN: Royal Palm High student who shot schoolmate held in detention

JUST IN: Royal Palm High student who shot schoolmate held in detention

The Royal Palm Beach High School student who shot another student in the foot Thursday after they argued on a school bus will remain in detention at the Juvenile Assessment Center, a judge ruled Friday. The Post is not naming the 17-year-old boy because he has not been charged as an adult. The state attorney’s office has 21 days to bring adult charges. Documents related to the case are not available...
Former Bak Middle treasurer pleads guilty to falsifying records

Former Bak Middle treasurer pleads guilty to falsifying records

A former treasurer at Bak Middle School of the Arts pleaded guilty Thursday to falsifying records in a case stemming from an investigation into the disappearance of $66,000 from the school. Cathleen Spring is expected to spend six months on house arrest and five years on probation under the plea deal, her attorney said. The misdemeanor conviction comes four months after her arrest on charges of forgery...
Cerabino: Missing homework fells Florida’s charter-school champ

Cerabino: Missing homework fells Florida’s charter-school champ

The former legislator who controlled school spending in the Florida House is going to jail. It’s too bad it didn’t happen sooner. For the past eight years, Erik Fresen shouldn’t have been allowed anywhere near tax dollars — especially ones for the state’s public schools. He was what you might call an interested party in the constant battle for public dollars that...
Suit: Bus aide told autistic student to ‘take it like a man’ in assault

Suit: Bus aide told autistic student to ‘take it like a man’ in assault

Squeezing the boy’s neck, twisting his body and driving a fist into his back, a Palm Beach County school bus aide inflicted prolonged pain on an autistic Lantana Elementary School student in 2015, all while admonishing him to “take it like a man,” a lawsuit alleges. The bus aide, Christopher Barker, now 30, was investigated over the incident by school district police, who moved to...

POINT OF VIEW: Avossa shortsighted to block charters from showcase

The Palm Beach Post has done even-handed reporting about both charter schools and traditional public schools in recent weeks. And I am thankful for that. I was shocked to read last week that charter schools were excluded from the school showcase at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa indicated: “Why would we invite our competition?” RELATED...
Letters: District wrong to ban charter schools from showcase

Letters: District wrong to ban charter schools from showcase

The Palm Beach County School District’s war on charter schools took a shameful turn when the school district banned charter schools from their annual “Showcase of Schools.” (District Bans Charter School From Showcase, Wednesday) Being prevented from participating in the event, which highlights a variety of specialized classes available to students, denies charter schools an equal...
Thinking of cheating? These FAU students sell tools to stop it

Thinking of cheating? These FAU students sell tools to stop it

A pair of Florida Atlantic University business school grads who once bemoaned the ease of cheating on online tests have jumped into the increasingly competitive world of high-tech proctoring with a twist, a patent and a mentor with big credentials in the electronics of education. Their first clients (though not their only ones): FAU business professors. If you got lost somewhere around the words...
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?

Update: Residents are invited to review and comment on changes to the middle school boundaries in the city and its suburbs at a meeting Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. This plan sends fewer students to Christa McAuliffe Middle than the proposal brought for community input last month. The meeting will be held at Poinciana Elementary School at 1203 N. Seacrest Blvd. Original story: Plans that would...

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...
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