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NEW: FIU suspends fraternity, sorority events after FSU death

NEW: FIU suspends fraternity, sorority events after FSU death

The president of Florida International University said in a letter to students and employees Friday that as of Jan. 1 all Greek life will be suspended for at least a month, the Miami Herald reported. Mark Rosenberg cited "growing concerns" in the wake of deaths of fraternity pledges at campuses nationwide, including Florida State University. He praised FIU's Greek leaders, saying they...
BREAKING: Ed Eissey dies at 89; steered Palm Beach State College

BREAKING: Ed Eissey dies at 89; steered Palm Beach State College

“You can’t sneak the dawn past a Lebanese rooster,” Ed Eissey would say. His high-energy, hand-shaking, joke-telling, limelight-seeking style alienated some but won him legions of loyal supporters. He didn’t care either way. He was a shameless cheerleader for the place where he was both a student and its third president: Palm Beach State College. Edward Michael Eissey died...
This tiny structure is Palm Beach County’s oldest commercial building

This tiny structure is Palm Beach County’s oldest commercial building

Every day, motorists on downtown West Palm Beach’s Flagler Drive speed past a funny little building that is older than the city itself. Across 120 years, the doors of Palm Beach County’s oldest commercial building, a distinctive octagonal cone-roofed structure, have, at times, opened to bank tellers, to a kaleidoscope of grotesque Halloween masks and Santa costumes, and, over the last...
School Board OKs raises for all — from teachers to Avossa

School Board OKs raises for all — from teachers to Avossa

The Palm Beach County School Board unanimously agreed to give the district’s roughly 12,500 teachers raises of 3.2 percent on average, while other district employees from principals to bus mechanics will see their pay rise about 3 percent. Because Superintendent Robert Avossa’s raise was tied by contract to those of district administrators, the board vote also cleared the way for...
Boynton Beach school food manager gets a huge surprise at lunch

Boynton Beach school food manager gets a huge surprise at lunch

Charlie Peterman, the food services manager for Crosspointe Elementary School, had finished serving lunch for students Wednesday when a coworker brought her into the cafeteria. Peterman thought she had been called in to talk more about a new product ConAgra Foods was testing. Instead, Peterman found herself the center of attention. Principal Ann Marie Dilbert announced that food giant ConAgra Foods...
Students from two schools come together to enjoy ‘Peter and the Wolf’

Students from two schools come together to enjoy ‘Peter and the Wolf’

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH Seven seniors received diplomas recently from the University of Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education program, indicating a successful completion of a concentration of college-level courses during their high school years: Dana Bryan, Ashley De La Cruz, Alyssa Dominguez, Zachary Entinger, Mathew Gairala, Zachary Vera and Georgia Williams. Members of the speech...
Boca science teacher’s research grant a reel whopper

Boca science teacher’s research grant a reel whopper

The smallest members of her classroom are the gill-breathing, fin-sporting fish. Then there’s the students who love to feed and take care of them. But the biggest fish at Spanish River High School? That’s science teacher, Mary Fish. “In my 28 years as a science teacher, I always had some tank in my room full of fish,” Fish said. “It doesn’t matter how old the student...
Jupiter High students install sunscreen dispensers at local venues

Jupiter High students install sunscreen dispensers at local venues

ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Families are invited to enjoy the sounds of the season at a performance at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria. The Chorus and students in instrumental labs will be performing. Call the school for more information. INDEPENDENCE MIDDLE The Winter Band Concert begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday. BRIEFLY The school district has named its outstanding volunteers of the year. Kayla Abramowitz...
Saint Joseph’s School students celebrate with Hispanic Food Festival

Saint Joseph’s School students celebrate with Hispanic Food Festival

Members of the Boca Raton Bicycle Club will be visiting every elementary school in Boca Raton on Tuesday to give bikes to children. Three boys and three girls from each grade at each school will receive a new bike, lock and helmet from the club as part of its annual give-away. The school district has named its outstanding volunteers of the year. Kayla Abramowitz, a sophomore at William T. Dwyer High...
Tax increases would need two-thirds vote of Legislature under proposal

Tax increases would need two-thirds vote of Legislature under proposal

A measure that would require future tax or fee increases to be approved by two-thirds votes of the Legislature is ready for consideration by the state Constitution Revision Commission. The commission’s Finance and Taxation Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to advance a proposed constitutional amendment (Proposal 72), sponsored by Commissioner Fred Karlinsky of Weston, that would require...
Ex-cop with history of complaints faces firing from teaching job

Ex-cop with history of complaints faces firing from teaching job

Twelve years ago, the Palm Beach County School Board hired a rookie teacher who had no criminal convictions, but whose tenure as a Riviera Beach cop was highlighted by at least 20 complaints against him for misconduct. Zedrick Barber was at one point fired by the city after he was accused of shoving his ex-girlfriend. The firing didn’t stick, but a judge ordered Barber to keep his distance from...

POINT OF VIEW: Community college bill is ’ fix looking for a problem’

With the unveiling of his final budget proposal, Gov. Rick Scott is aiming to restore $30 million previously cut from the Florida College System along with adding a $30 million increase. This effort not only highlights his support of higher education, it is a tip of the hat to the contributions from our state college system to Florida’s economic strength. Provided such recognition, not to mention...
Palm Beach Lakes High brawl ends in pepper spray, two arrests

Palm Beach Lakes High brawl ends in pepper spray, two arrests

Several brawls broke out Friday morning in the courtyard at Palm Beach Lakes High School, leading Palm Beach County school police to use pepper spray and take two women into custody, according to an arrest report. “The whole courtyard was in chaos,” the officer wrote of the 7:20 a.m. incident — just before the first-period bell — that led to the arrests of Aneshia...
VIDEO: FAU prof loses free speech battle; lawyer calls media ‘presstitutes’

VIDEO: FAU prof loses free speech battle; lawyer calls media ‘presstitutes’

Minutes after a federal jury rejected claims that Florida Atlantic University fired communications professor James Tracy because he publicly declared the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School a hoax, his attorney lashed out at the media, calling reporters “presstitutes.” “Shame on you fake news,” attorney Louis Leo IV told news photographers and reporters...
Tonight at midnight, you’ll see a meteor shower like no other

Tonight at midnight, you’ll see a meteor shower like no other

The cosmos ignites the grand finale of celestial fireworks this week with the peak of the Geminids meteor shower. Stargazers eagerly anticipate December’s robust Geminids, which are known to throw as many as 120 bright meteors per hour and can be viewed during the evening as well as pre-dawn. Astronomers expect the most meteors to be visible Tuesday night through Thursday. “This...
VIDEO: FAU wins in lawsuit by fired prof who said Sandy Hook a hoax

VIDEO: FAU wins in lawsuit by fired prof who said Sandy Hook a hoax

A federal jury on Monday afternoon found that Florida Atlantic University did not violate the rights of communications professor James Tracy when it fired him. The jury found that Tracy’s blogs that the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax were not a “motivating factor” in Tracy’s firing. FAU attorney G. Joseph Curley voiced satisfaction about...
School district’s senior managers try teaching for a day

School district’s senior managers try teaching for a day

JulieAnn Rico typically spends her day navigating the legalities of operating one of the country’s largest school districts, but Monday morning she was surrounded by much smaller clients — kindergartners. Her cellphone was on lockdown and her work banter was about “Max” the elf on Ms. Troy’s shelf, who apparently came down with a cold over the weekend. Rico, whose...
Claims against FAU by Sandy Hook denier headed to federal jury Monday

Claims against FAU by Sandy Hook denier headed to federal jury Monday

A lawsuit accusing Florida Atlantic University of violating the First Amendment rights of a professor who publicly decried the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre as a hoax is expected to be go to a federal jury on Monday. The university rested its case Friday, setting the stage for closing arguments and jury deliberations when the trial of fired professor James Tracy’s lawsuit resumes after...
What it was like in the class of FAU’s conspiracy-spinning professor

What it was like in the class of FAU’s conspiracy-spinning professor

While former Florida Atlantic University Professor James Tracy battles in court to get his job back, I’ve reminisced over the semester I took one of his classes, an experience that left me uneasy. In January 2016, FAU officials fired Tracy claiming he violated university policies by failing to inform his superiors of his outside activities. The firing came after Tracy published a blog saying...
Case of fired FAU professor may hinge on single document

Case of fired FAU professor may hinge on single document

Testimony could end today in a trial for fired Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy, who is hoping a jury will force university administrators to give him his job back and award him back pay based on claims they fired him because of conspiracy theories he expressed about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and other events on his personal blog. Tracy’s attorneys rested their...
Board grants Avossa highest rating; redraws closing school’s boundaries

Board grants Avossa highest rating; redraws closing school’s boundaries

The Palm Beach County School Board has cleared another hurdle on the path to closing its first traditional middle school in more than 25 years, tentatively agreeing Wednesday to reassign the 1,900 students living within Odyssey Middle School’s boundaries to five nearby schools. The board’s seven members also unanimously paved the way for another first, Superintendent Robert Avossa&rsquo...
Florida Senate panel rejects three bills to expand gun rights

Florida Senate panel rejects three bills to expand gun rights

With the 2018 legislative session still more than a month away, gun-related measures might have died Tuesday in the Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which has been a stumbling block in recent years for Second Amendment-related bills, narrowly rejected proposals that sought to allow Floridians with concealed-weapons licenses to carry firearms up to the entrances of courthouses (SB 134); inadvertently...
PBC school board to give Avossa high marks, setting up his first raise

PBC school board to give Avossa high marks, setting up his first raise

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa is poised to receive high marks on his third annual evaluation Wednesday, with school board members praising his leadership and communication skills and the steady academic progress in the county’s public schools. Five board members rated Avossa as “highly effective,” while two board members scored him “effective,&rdquo...
Why teen English immigrant had to sit out of varsity soccer for a year

Why teen English immigrant had to sit out of varsity soccer for a year

After battling for more than a year to get the state’s high school athletic association to recognize his right to play varsity soccer, 17-year-old English immigrant Milan Mistry will finally take the field this week. Milan was benched in his junior year at American Heritage high school when the Florida High School Athletic Association questioned the paperwork that proved he was in...
Saint Joseph’s School students relive bygone era on Pioneer Day

Saint Joseph’s School students relive bygone era on Pioneer Day

The GladesFest teacher job fair takes place 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Glades Region Office, 2625 NW 16th St., Belle Glade. At least a dozen positions are vacant and ready to be filled at one of the 12 schools in the Glades area. Teachers hired in the Glades earn an annual supplement of $3,750, have the opportunity to obtain additional jobs to supplement income, gain professional development...

St. Lucie County social studies teachers honored at state conference

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS THE WEISS SCHOOL An open house begins at 8:15 a.m. Friday. To attend, RSVP to Pam Tripp at 561-209-2474 or ptripp@weissschool.org. ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Fundraising events coming up: Shop at Lilly Pulitzer at The Gardens Mall, 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 percent of the total sales will benefit Allamanda’s Health and Wellness Program. Also Thursday, dine to donate at...
St. Juliana Catholic School food drive helps local families in need

St. Juliana Catholic School food drive helps local families in need

PALM BEACH CENTRAL HIGH Bronco Debate students recently participated in a tournament at Martin County High. Bringing home awards were: Marlana Lawrence and Joevante Jean, first place, Two-Person Acting; Evett Rodriguez, first, Dramatic Reading; Briana Garcon, first, Original Oratory; Hunter Giel and Mauricio Maroto, second, Beginning Two-Person Debate; Garrett Gouveia, second, Beginning Dramatic Reading...
Boss of ex-FAU prof Tracy ‘feared for his safety’ over conspiracy blog

Boss of ex-FAU prof Tracy ‘feared for his safety’ over conspiracy blog

In the early part of 2013, as Florida Atlantic University faculty and students alike were still reeling from the international attention the school was receiving because of professor James Tracy’s controversial blog Memory Hole, former school administrator Heather Coltman said it hardly seemed the right time to press Tracy about filling out a required form letting the faculty know about...
Schools chief making $325,000 could get first raise with good reviews

Schools chief making $325,000 could get first raise with good reviews

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa is set to officially receive his annual evaluation from school board members Wednesday, and this year money is on the line. Now midway through his third year in office, Avossa is eligible for a raise for the first time if board members give him an overall rating of “effective” or “highly effective.” In 2016, he received...
FAU boss denies Tracy claim that his firing linked to conspiracy blog

FAU boss denies Tracy claim that his firing linked to conspiracy blog

When word leaked out that Florida Atlantic University communications professor James Tracy was publicly claiming the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax, complaints poured into the Boca Raton-based school, a top FAU administrator told a federal jury Monday. Students, faculty, community residents, alumni and donors weighed in, demanding the ouster of the 11-year tenured...
PBC Class of 2018 graduation ceremony dates announced

PBC Class of 2018 graduation ceremony dates announced

Graduation ceremonies for Palm Beach County’s Class of 2018 will begin May 9 and run through May 24, according to a schedule released Monday from the school district. All but a few are to be held once again at the South Florida Fair Grounds. Glades Central and Pahokee high schools will have theirs on campus. The county’s virtual school students will gather at Dreyfoos School of the Arts...
‘A humongous blessing’: Loxahatchee students build houses with purpose

‘A humongous blessing’: Loxahatchee students build houses with purpose

It starts in a warehouse-like space at Seminole Ridge High School. It takes shape over a period of months, with young hands bringing it to life. Plywood, drywall, nails and wires come together under the watchful eyes of mentors to create the finished product: A home for Habitat for Humanity, the sixth built by the team of students in the Weitz Construction Academy at Seminole Ridge. RELATEDSchools...
NEW: How students stalled efforts to break up Wellington High fight

NEW: How students stalled efforts to break up Wellington High fight

Efforts to break up a fight during lunch at Wellington High School on Friday were hampered by students trying to record the brawl, according to a message sent to parents Friday afternoon. Those trying to use their smartphones to record the incident — which prompted a “modified lockdown” through the end of the school day — “pressed in on adults,” making their job...
Ex-FAU prof on trial tries to downplay attack on Sandy Hook parents

Ex-FAU prof on trial tries to downplay attack on Sandy Hook parents

Upset that the South Florida Sun-Sentinel published a letter from parents who lost their son in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy dashed off a retort, disputing the couple’s claims that he compounded their pain by declaring the mass shooting a hoax. “The Pozners, alas, are as phony as the drill itself and profiting handsomely...
To raise teacher pay, PBC public schools may ask voters to raise taxes

To raise teacher pay, PBC public schools may ask voters to raise taxes

Palm Beach County public school leaders are making plans to ask voters to approve a special property tax next year to boost teacher salaries, saying that substantial pay hikes for teachers will be impossible without a new money source. The proposal is still being mulled by school district leaders but is expected to lead to voters being asked to approve roughly $45 million a year in new property taxes...
‘Unsubstantiated threat’ at Wellington High prompts call to parents

‘Unsubstantiated threat’ at Wellington High prompts call to parents

There will be more police patrolling the campus of Wellington High School on Friday after an “unsubstantiated threat” was found at the school Thursday. The message was discovered on a bathroom wall, Principal Mario Crocetti said in an automated call to parents on Thursday afternoon. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news “The threat...
NEW: Substitute teacher accused of raping girl, 15, in Fort Pierce

NEW: Substitute teacher accused of raping girl, 15, in Fort Pierce

A St. Lucie County substitute teacher is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl Friday, according to a Fort Pierce police arrest report. The victim told police she had sex with Freedom Whitfield, 24, who denied the allegation, according to the report. Whitfield, who was a substitute teacher at Dan McCarty Middle School in Fort Pierce, was released Saturday on a $30,000 bond on a single count of sexual...
PBC school leaders, union agree to 3.2% average raise for teachers

PBC school leaders, union agree to 3.2% average raise for teachers

Salaries for Palm Beach County public school teachers would rise by 3.2 percent on average this year under a deal struck by school district and teachers union negotiators Wednesday evening. Under the agreement, teachers rated “highly effective” would receive 3.5 percent raises and teachers rated “effective” would receive 2.75 percent raises.  For the first time in years...
Rosarian Academy students collect 1,500 pounds in food donations

Rosarian Academy students collect 1,500 pounds in food donations

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH The Florida School Counselor Association has selected Melissa Garcia as its 2018 Florida School Counselor of the Year. Garcia, along with other state-level award recipients nationwide, will be honored at a black-tie gala in Washington, D.C. in February. Students of the Week for Nov. 13–17: Kayla Portugal, Sabrina Smith, Jerry Jerome and Jackeline Acosta. The dance program...

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PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY The 10th annual Bingo Night begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The cost per game card is $5 or a donation of a new, unwrapped toy. Pizza, drinks and desserts will be available for purchase. Money and toys collected will be donated to Place of Hope, an area organization that supports foster children. ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY The school is celebrating the...
Deadline approaching for Artigras student artwork competition

Deadline approaching for Artigras student artwork competition

BRIEFLY Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate in the Hanley Foundation ArtiGras Youth Art Competition. Students can submit their artwork through their school’s art teacher until 5 p.m. Wednesday. Winners will be announced at noon on Feb. 17, the first day of Artigras. All finalists will have their works on display at the festival. Students and teachers can email...
Proposal may lead to term limits for members of Florida school boards

Proposal may lead to term limits for members of Florida school boards

School board members would be limited to eight years in office, and school superintendents would be appointed in all 67 school districts under measures advanced Monday by a panel of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. In a unanimous vote, the commission’s Education Committee backed a measure (Proposal 43), sponsored by Commissioner Erika Donalds, that would impose an eight-year term...
Odyssey Middle’s closing affects gifted kids at other schools

Odyssey Middle’s closing affects gifted kids at other schools

Odyssey Middle School is closing at the end of the year because it failed to fill its desks. One of the complaints from parents who chose to send their children elsewhere: Odyssey didn’t have a gifted program. As long as Odyssey in Boynton Beach stood without a gifted program, district policy let students go to the nearest middle schools that had gifted programs instead. Odyssey’s boundaries...
Wellington Elementary School families enjoy book fair festivities

Wellington Elementary School families enjoy book fair festivities

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH Several TV Production Academy students competed at the Florida Scholastic Press Association District 7 Convention this month, placing in two of three on-the-spot broadcast journalism challenges. Melina Adue, Ana Fontecchio and Carly Swanson took the silver in the Live to Tape category. Jonathan Alvarez, Chloe Barcia and Danielle Leslie earned the bronze in the Broadcast Commentary...
Letter from Charles Manson gave this Boynton Beach teacher ‘the shivers’

Letter from Charles Manson gave this Boynton Beach teacher ‘the shivers’

During his TV reporting career, Dave Barker saved some odd, even macabre souvenirs: crime scene tape from the Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman murders, a brick thrown at him during a Los Angeles riot and a packet of letters from California prisoner 833920, known to the world as the wild-eyed mass murderer Charles Manson. Manson was serving a life sentence when he died of natural causes...

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...
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 Service...
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...
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