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Facing termination, Boynton Beach High principal resigns

Facing termination, Boynton Beach High principal resigns

Boynton Beach High School Principal Guarn Sims has decided to resign from the school district after learning that he would face termination early next month. On Friday, Sims submitted a letter of resignation effective Oct. 3. “I have enjoyed my 24 years of service to the students and communities of Palm Beach County,” he wrote in the  resignation letter. “Although I will be...
PBC’s latest choice high school scrapped weeks after freshmen arrive

PBC’s latest choice high school scrapped weeks after freshmen arrive

The school district’s ongoing spat with the state over the need to relieve school crowding by building new schools and adding on to others has seen its first casualty: The Conservatory at North Palm Beach’s plans to grow into a high school like no other in the county. Weeks after welcoming the school’s first freshman class, Principal Teresa Stoupas told parents in...
Florida Governor foes DeSantis, Gillum spar in South Florida

Florida Governor foes DeSantis, Gillum spar in South Florida

Florida’s gubernatorial rivals campaigned in South Florida on Friday, with Republican Ron DeSantis touting his support for a voucher program at a Jewish school west of Boca Raton and Democrat Andrew Gillum appearing at a fundraiser with embattled Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and picking up the endorsement of a gun-control group. DeSantis visited the Katz Hillel Day School, where about...
Why Palm Beach County public schools’ tax rate keeps falling

Why Palm Beach County public schools’ tax rate keeps falling

Most of Palm Beach County’s local governments have had the good fortune to keep their property tax rates steady in recent years, allowing them to bring in more money through rising home values without a formal vote to hike taxes. But there’s a striking exception: the county’s public schools, whose tax rate has dropped 20 percent since 2011. The school district is alone among...
Cerabino: Torn-jeans dress-code flap hard to bare for school parents

Cerabino: Torn-jeans dress-code flap hard to bare for school parents

I’m foolishly wading into a great controversy gripping our community. That is, whether it was right for Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay’s daughter to be hauled out of her high school class for violating the dress code with a pair of jeans that had a wide rip at the right knee. The high-powered mom took to her Facebook page last week to write an open letter to the Palm Beach County...
Boynton Beach High principal faces termination

Boynton Beach High principal faces termination

Boynton Beach High School Principal Guarn Sims faces being fired after a school district investigation of a relationship he had with a school employee, The Palm Beach Post has learned. Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy has informed Sims that he plans to recommend his termination to the school board next month, according to three people with direct knowledge of the case. Sims,...
BREAKING: PBSO IDs two shot in Palm Beach Central High gunfire

BREAKING: PBSO IDs two shot in Palm Beach Central High gunfire

More than a month after gunfire erupted outside a Palm Beach Central-Dwyer high school football game, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the identity of the two shooting victims. Varnard Albury, 29, and Daniel Foster Sr., who also goes by Daniel Philmore, were injured in the gunfire, the sheriff’s office said.  Foster, 39, is the biological father of a senior...
NEW: Police find unrelated gun handle during search for Boynton High bus stop shooting weapon

NEW: Police find unrelated gun handle during search for Boynton High bus stop shooting weapon

The “unloaded gun” authorities found during Friday’s lockdown at Boynton Beach High School was a Smith & Wesson handle that had nothing to do with the bus-stop shooting that prompted the hourslong lockdown, Palm Beach County School District police records state. While being patted down, a student told police he had a gun handle wrapped in a sock and stuffed in his pants...
State board backs $673 million boost for schools

State board backs $673 million boost for schools

The Florida Board of Education on Friday advanced a $21.8 billion request for public school funding in the next budget year, including a $200 boost in per-student funds and increased funding for school-safety initiatives. Highlights of the 2019-20 budget proposal include: * An overall $673 million, or 3.5 percent, increase, compared to the current budget for the 67 school districts. * An increase...
Andrew Gillum wants $1 billion more for education

Andrew Gillum wants $1 billion more for education

TALLAHASSEE — A tax Republican Gov. Rick Scott once campaigned on eliminating has emerged as a big dollar, central clash between the candidates fighting to succeed him. In a move setting him apart from usually tax-averse Florida candidates, Democrat Andrew Gillum has called for a stunning 40 percent increase in Florida’s corporate income tax — which he wants to use to raise $1 billion...
Attorney: Boynton High student fired gun at bus stop to scare off dog

Attorney: Boynton High student fired gun at bus stop to scare off dog

The Boynton Beach High School student arrested on charges of firing a weapon and bringing it to school Friday used it to scare off a dog at the bus stop, his defense attorney told Judge Catherine Brunson Saturday morning.  Wanya Evan Brown, 18, of Boynton Beach was arrested by city police on numerous weapons-related charges, as well as charges of disturbing the peace, having a weapon...
Teacher: I’m not prepared to handle an active shooter

Teacher: I’m not prepared to handle an active shooter

It just got real. After leaving a high-school staff meeting, I am shocked at the paradigm shift regarding teachers’ responsibilities, but I am also shocked by what appears to be — “This is our new reality, so roll with it” — directed at me. Us. I just want to say: “Stop one moment, let me understand. Are you saying what I think you’re saying? Are you implying...
POINT OF VIEW: Back-to-school vaccinations help protect all kids

POINT OF VIEW: Back-to-school vaccinations help protect all kids

In the midst of back-to-school season, there are still plenty of loose ends to tie up as you send your little ones, preteens, and teens back into the classroom. One of the most important checklist items to complete is to ensure all of your children’s immunizations and booster shots are up-to-date. Vaccinations are not only important for your child’s health but also for the entire community...
PBC mayor blasts Forest Hill High for ‘sexism’ over daughter’s torn jeans

PBC mayor blasts Forest Hill High for ‘sexism’ over daughter’s torn jeans

Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay is calling for the school district to discipline a Forest Hill High School official who she says removed her daughter from classes Thursday for wearing torn jeans, then lectured her to consider male classmates’ hormones when dressing. In a Facebook post Thursday afternoon, McKinlay alleged that the unnamed school official “told [her daughter] that...

POINT OF VIEW: As literacy plummets, discernment fades

When I was an elementary school student in the 1950s, we all learned to read well. Classes were larger than I remembered. I count 36 in my fourth-grade class photo. Because we could read, all my classmates went on to get life-sustaining jobs with the exception of two who had syndromes that were not understood or treated in those days. So why is literacy plummeting today? Some point to crowded classrooms...
Where the crowds are: See which PBC schools are packed beyond limits, which sit closer to half full

Where the crowds are: See which PBC schools are packed beyond limits, which sit closer to half full

In late August, Palm Beach County school officials invited folks from the state Department of Education to visit our expansive district. The goal: to make the case that the state should approve the district’s plan to build three new schools in the next four years – plans that have languished without the state’s approval for six months.  The district argued that an elementary...
Commentary: Key to quality reporting: Relationships, trust

Commentary: Key to quality reporting: Relationships, trust

Award-winning photojournalist Allen Eyestone started covering high school football games when he was a teenager, and he has spent 34 of his 57 years covering them for The Palm Beach Post. He was making pictures on one end of the Palm Beach Central High football field on Aug. 17 when he heard screams and saw fans stampede toward him in a panic. As they rushed his way, Eyestone rushed the other way...
Track Hall of Famer Roy Chernock, who coached 5 county schools, dies

Track Hall of Famer Roy Chernock, who coached 5 county schools, dies

Those in the local track and field coaching fraternity would affectionately describe Roy Chernock as having a feisty personality, at times argumentative to the point that one coach said he sometimes would just walk away from the verbal confrontation. *More Post high school coverage *Chernock gets Hall call It was all part of Chernock’s passion for a sport dear to him and for the young athletes...
Westward Elementary students suffer days of hot classes after A/C fails

Westward Elementary students suffer days of hot classes after A/C fails

Students at Westward Elementary endured several days in sweltering classrooms while the school district struggled to fix the campus’s failing air conditioner. Two teachers told The Palm Beach Post that the West Palm Beach school’s air-conditioning system inexplicably shut off around midday several times during the past two weeks, forcing students to suffer hours of discomfort. &ldquo...
After complaints, PBC schools will replace ‘In God We Trust’ signs with state seal

After complaints, PBC schools will replace ‘In God We Trust’ signs with state seal

After weeks of complaints about “In God We Trust” signs posted this year on school campuses, Palm Beach County public schools have decided to replace the signs with the state seal. A new state law requires all Florida public schools this year to post the phrase “In God We Trust” in a “conspicuous place” on campus. The county’s schools complied by posting...
Wellington lawmaker faces backlash over Facebook post; apologizes

Wellington lawmaker faces backlash over Facebook post; apologizes

A local lawmaker who said a school police officer hit by a distracted driver while directing traffic was not doing his job when he was injured, is facing blowback for his comments. In a Friday post on his official Facebook page, Wellington-based Democratic state Rep. Matt Willhite said Officer Bob Keating would have been better off patrolling Wellington Landings Middle School than directing traffic...
Wellington entrepreneur donates clear backpacks after game shooting

Wellington entrepreneur donates clear backpacks after game shooting

A Wellington parent and entrepreneur aims to make a clear difference when it comes to school apparel and safety. After a shooting outside an Aug. 17 game in Wellington, Scott Harris’s firm donated thousands of transparent backpacks designed to make it easier for security officers to check what spectators are carrying into games at area schools. His company PhysEdGear lines up schools with free...
Board appoints new Olympic Heights High principal

Board appoints new Olympic Heights High principal

Just a week after Olympic Heights Principal David Clark announced he would be stepping down to help care for his ailing wife, the district has named his successor — a veteran who once spent more than seven years on the campus as an assistant principal. Kelly Burke will be leaving her post as principal at Addison Mizner Elementary to head for the high school in Boca Raton’s suburbs. A Pittsburgh...
PBC schools budget is $3.1 billion, but it’s less than last year

PBC schools budget is $3.1 billion, but it’s less than last year

The Palm Beach County School Board adopted a nearly $3.1 billion budget Wednesday evening. That sum is down by $330 million from last year due in large part to some forgiving refinancing moves on its debt. But it also includes $50 million more in its operating budget, which must cover growing expenses including roughly 2,800 more students and new school safety mandates. In a good news-bad news scenario...

School district hosts job fair for bus driver candidates

ST. JOSEPH’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL The Parent Organization will host its second annual Jaguar Classic Golf Tournament on Sept. 15 at the Seagate Country Club, Delray Beach. The shotgun start is at 9 a.m., and the tournament is followed by a barbecue lunch. A player’s package is $30 and includes a hat, golf balls and a ball marker. Players can register through Friday at www.sjsonline.org/giving...

POINT OF VIEW: Community collaboration recipe for educational success

Students are back in school, teachers are eager to teach … but are kids ready to learn? Two studies released over the summer suggest that for kids in high-poverty, high-crime neighborhoods – and for the kids sharing their classrooms – the answer is no. John Hopkins University sociology professor Julia Burdick-Will found that exposure to neighborhood violence negatively affects students&rsquo...
Cerabino: Refining the language of victory in local elections

Cerabino: Refining the language of victory in local elections

From: PBC Schools Office of Professional Standards To: All school board members Subject: Acceptable language during election night celebrations *** It has come to our attention by way of a Facebook video that the recent campaign for the District 7 seat on the Palm Beach County School Board ended with the victor, Debra Robinson, repeatedly summing up her win with an expression that some deemed...
Father of Parkland victim says Brett Kavanaugh snubbed him at hearing

Father of Parkland victim says Brett Kavanaugh snubbed him at hearing

Fred Guttenberg, father of Parkland victim Jaime Guttenberg, has tweeted that he was snubbed today by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The incident occurred during a break in Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearing, which began today. Guttenberg said in a pair of missives on Twitter that he approached Kavanaugh and extended his hand only to have Kavanaugh refuse to shake hands...
Christie commentary: Teachers look to state leaders to boost education

Christie commentary: Teachers look to state leaders to boost education

It should surprise no one that this election season, public school education has emerged as the top issue for many of Florida’s political candidates — including governor. Indeed, how billions in education dollars are spent is a perennial issue for Florida lawmakers. But this year is different, as a number of education-related issues seem to have come to a head. For example, embarrassingly...
Palm Beach Central enjoys big win in first home game since shooting

Palm Beach Central enjoys big win in first home game since shooting

Getting a text message warning him of a school shooting wasn’t what Brian Rundel expected upon starting high school. “I was with my friend at my house and my mom said there was a shooting at Palm Beach Central,” said Rundel, a 14-year-old freshman at the Wellington school. “The only thing I could think of was (hoping) that all my friends were OK.” Rundel tried to keep...
VIDEO: After election win, school board member vows to cut off ‘business’ to Haitian radio station

VIDEO: After election win, school board member vows to cut off ‘business’ to Haitian radio station

Moments after winning reelection Tuesday, Palm Beach County School Board member Debra Robinson vowed to punish a Haitian-American radio station that grilled her on the air, saying she would cut off the station’s business ties with the school district. A video recording of her victory party shows Robinson in a profane tirade celebrating her defeat of rival Edwin Ferguson with high-fives...

POINT OF VIEW: We must re-create schools to best serve our communities

Our children are back in school. But what kind of school are they going back to? Better yet, what kind of school should they be going to? Florida has long spearheaded an educational race to the bottom as a laboratory for every aspect of the radical privatization agenda in education. Charter schools operate essentially without regulation. Right to work laws have obliterated public sector unions. Teachers...
The Parkland effect? 11th day PBC school enrollment mystery

The Parkland effect? 11th day PBC school enrollment mystery

Where did hundreds of expected high school and elementary school students go? The Palm Beach County School District’s chief demographer has tallied the annual 11th-day headcount  taken earlier this week and is now scratching his head. Overall, his department’s projections weren’t far off. Expected to break 195,000, the actual count came in just short of 194,500, Jason Link...
One school lunch period, or more? The reasons behind it you may not know

One school lunch period, or more? The reasons behind it you may not know

Friendships are made and broken here. Social strategies hashed out and homework completed. Then, of course, there’s the food. High school lunch is all of that and more. And few debates about school lunch cut to the quick like the matter of how many lunch periods there should be on any given campus. Of Palm Beach County’s 23 traditional high schools, a majority have multiple lunches...
Olympic Heights High principal steps down for rest of school year

Olympic Heights High principal steps down for rest of school year

Olympic Heights High School’s principal is stepping down for the rest of the school year to help care for his wife, a middle school principal who went on leave this summer, according to the school district and a media report. Principal David Clark, who has led the high school west of Boca Raton for seven years, announced Tuesday that he will be taking an extended leave for the rest of the...
Crowded Boca High sees first enrollment dip in years on 11th day count

Crowded Boca High sees first enrollment dip in years on 11th day count

Going into this school year, the district’s enrollment forecasters expected nearly 3,700 students to walk through Boca Raton High’s doors. And they were braced for even more, because that’s how Boca Raton High has rolled for 15 years – always seating more students than predicted, to the point that it ranks second among the county’s most crowded high schools. ...
PBC elementary school teacher accused of sex crimes in Canada

PBC elementary school teacher accused of sex crimes in Canada

A former suburban Boca Raton elementary school teacher, wanted in Canada on charges including incest, sexual exploitation of minors and sexual assault, was arrested Wednesday morning at his Delray Beach home, the U.S. Marshals Service said.  Owen Headley, 55, hasn’t been in a classroom for more than a year, according to Palm Beach County School District authorities. School records...
Palm Beach Lakes High School Band selected to play at Sugar Bowl

Palm Beach Lakes High School Band selected to play at Sugar Bowl

PALM BEACH LAKES HIGH The Ram Regiment Band is one of eight bands selected to play in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1. Band director Josh Velez is seeking donations to help pay the estimated $90,000 for the four-day trip. Checks can be made out to the Palm Beach Lakes High School Band and sent to 3505 Shiloh Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33407. PARK VISTA HIGH Nolan Ersoy, a senior, is the new...

St. Joseph’s Episcopal School to host second annual golf tournament

ST. JOSEPH’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL The Parent Organization will host its second annual Jaguar Classic Golf Tournament on Sept. 15 at the Seagate Country Club, Delray Beach. The shotgun start is at 9 a.m., and the tournament is followed by a barbecue lunch. A player’s package is $30 and includes a hat, golf balls and a ball marker. Players can register through Sept. 7 at www.sjsonline.org/giving...

Elementary schools plan Curriculum Night events

ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY The first School Advisory Council meeting of the year begins at 2:30 p.m. today. Curriculum Night for kindergarten to grade two begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria. Classroom visits follow from 6 to 7. Child care will be provided for Allamanda students with a donation to Safety Patrol. Call 561-803-7200 for more information. Curriculum Night for grades three to five...
School Board 7 election: Robinson defeats Ferguson to win 6th term

School Board 7 election: Robinson defeats Ferguson to win 6th term

Debra L. Robinson won a sixth term on the Palm Beach County School Board Tuesday, handily defeating her rival in her toughest reelection challenge since she first took office in 2000. The school board’s longest-serving member, Robinson won by a 21-point margin over Riviera Beach attorney Edwin Ferguson, aided by a campaign fund-raising advantage and support from public employee unions and local...
A teacher’s arrest was delayed for months. Then the victim saw him at school

A teacher’s arrest was delayed for months. Then the victim saw him at school

After reporting her son’s science teacher to the police in April, Natalee Clarke figured her son would never cross paths with him again. After all, Boynton Beach police had launched an investigation into whether the teacher had kicked over her son’s stool during class, causing him to fall. The teacher, Scott Erich Landstrom, 48, had confessed, police say. The school, SouthTech Preparatory...
Hand towels and Mimosas: Brightline debuts premium passenger service

Hand towels and Mimosas: Brightline debuts premium passenger service

Upgraded lounges, pre-boarding and weekend mimosas are part of Brightline’s new premium service introduced Friday. Passengers opting for Brightline Select service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach can access new breakfast and lunch offerings, business amenities like wireless printing and scanning, complimentary scented cold hand towels and self-service beverage stations...
Metal detectors, bag searches mark first football game since shooting

Metal detectors, bag searches mark first football game since shooting

A security checkpoint outside Forest Hill High School’s football stadium Thursday marked the start of new safety measures at Palm Beach County public school football games, six days after gunfire erupted at a game seven miles away. At the lightly attended game between Forest Hill and Suncoast, students, parents and fans waited in line for guards to scan them with metal-detector wands and inspect...
POINT OF VIEW: Better school stadium security policies needed

POINT OF VIEW: Better school stadium security policies needed

In the months following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Palm Beach County School District leaders focused much energy and attention on how to make schools, students and staff members feel safer during school hours. After-hours events on campuses – including football games – were an area that still needed additional scrutiny. The recent shooting outside...
Cerabino: Making high school football safe — and even safer

Cerabino: Making high school football safe — and even safer

After last weekend’s shooting that disrupted a high school football game at Palm Beach Central High in Wellington, the Palm Beach County School District is taking new safety precautions for football games for the rest of the season. These steps include requiring nearly all bags to be clear, banning entry after the start of the third quarter, eliminating re-entry at any point during the games...
Cops: SouthTech Prep teacher kicked student’s stool, making him fall

Cops: SouthTech Prep teacher kicked student’s stool, making him fall

A former teacher at the SouthTech Preparatory Academy charter school was arrested this week on a culpable negligence charge after police say he kicked a stool out from under a student in April, causing the student to fall. Scott Erich Landstrom, 48, was arrested Sunday and booked into the Palm Beach County jail on the misdemeanor charge, four months after the alleged incident occurred. The incident...
Editorial: Endorsements for primary elections

Editorial: Endorsements for primary elections

Here are The Palm Beach Post Editorial Board’s political candidate endorsements for the Aug. 28 primary, and judicial, school board, county commission and Boca Raton special elections. We arrived at our endorsements after interviewing the candidates, studying their records and weighing their merits against those of their competitors. Some candidates declined to meet with us or their schedules...
Editorial: Focus on school security, not ‘shooting’ semantics

Editorial: Focus on school security, not ‘shooting’ semantics

“It just so happened to be in the parking lot of a school,” Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw declared, “but it could have happened anywhere.” It was “not a school-shooting situation,” he insisted. It really doesn’t matter what we call it. What matters is how we respond. Two men remain hospitalized after a Friday night shooting in Palm Beach County. No...
Police: Girl sexually assaulted riding on school bus in north county

Police: Girl sexually assaulted riding on school bus in north county

A high school girl was sexually assaulted by the boy sitting next to her on a 30-minute bus ride home from the second day of school in the north end of Palm Beach County, school police report. The boy has been arrested, according to the report, in which the names and ages of both the victim and the accused were blacked out as well as the school they attend in order to protect their identities as minors...
FAU housing 109 students at off-campus hotel to meet high demand

FAU housing 109 students at off-campus hotel to meet high demand

College life usually conjures images of instant ramen in cramped dorm rooms, not breakfast buffets and maid service. But the latter is a reality for 109 Florida Atlantic University students moved to an off-campus hotel because — for the first time in at least a decade — the university overbooked its on-campus dorms. More returning and new students applied to live on-campus than the...
Was the Palm Beach Central shooting a ‘school shooting’? It depends who you ask

Was the Palm Beach Central shooting a ‘school shooting’? It depends who you ask

One day after gunfire pierced the night at a Palm Beach Central High football game, authorities were quick to insist that it was “not a school shooting.” Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw led the charge, saying flatly at a Saturday news conference that it was “not a school-shooting situation” because no students were involved. The incident, he said, was between two...
Judge strikes down education ballot proposal

Judge strikes down education ballot proposal

A Leon County circuit judge Monday knocked a proposed education constitutional amendment off the November ballot, saying the wording failed to inform voters of its impact on the creation of charter schools. The proposed amendment, placed on the ballot by the Constitution Revision Commission, would impose eight-year term limits on school board members and would require the promotion of “civic...
SAT scuttles Saturday morning football; kickoff at 5 p.m. instead

SAT scuttles Saturday morning football; kickoff at 5 p.m. instead

The district’s first two Saturday morning football games are being pushed back to later in the afternoon after administrators realized that hundreds of athletes and band members — not to mention student fans — were previously engaged: They will be sitting for the SAT college entrance exams. The move was a bit of Monday morning quarterbacking from Palm Beach County School District...

POINT OF VIEW: Youth need community support as they go back to school

As a parent, certain days stand out as significant: days in which our role seems to take on special meaning, and days in which our presence and support are especially important and appreciated by our children. The first day of school is always one of these days. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 For a child, the first day of school is a mix of excitement...
PBC schools spent millions securing campuses. Still, gunfire erupted

PBC schools spent millions securing campuses. Still, gunfire erupted

Shrieks and gunfire on a high school campus. Spectators trampled under a stampede of panicked students. A medical helicopter thundering onto the football field’s 50-yard line to collect a victim. Despite millions of dollars in security upgrades and months of new safety measures, it only took five days of classes for gun violence to erupt this year at one of Palm Beach County’s public...
Cerabino: Blackened, bungled justice in wake of Parkland massacre

Cerabino: Blackened, bungled justice in wake of Parkland massacre

There are few things in Florida that have a more vital public interest than trying to understand how a school system dealt with a troubled child who would end up returning to his high school to commit a mass shooting. The Broward County School Board commissioned such a report from the Collaborative Educational Network in the wake of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland...
After losing court battle to 2 charters, school board wants another go

After losing court battle to 2 charters, school board wants another go

After years of fighting in court to stop two charter schools from opening, the Palm Beach County School Board wants to go another round. More than a year after losing their first appeal, board members voted unanimously Wednesday to file a second appeal of the state government’s decision that two charter schools should be allowed to open within the county. The move likely means at least another...

Update: UPS finds Santaluces High’s wayward college credit exams in Canada

Update: The scores are in.  Palm Beach County administrators report the box of AICE exams that took a summer-long detour into Canada, made it to the UK and have been graded. Santaluces High received the scores Thursday, they report. Score a victory for the United Parcel Service. After causing no small amount of angst in nearly 300 Santaluces students who learned this week that the folks...
UPDATE: Santaluces students get reprieve; Missing college credit exams found

UPDATE: Santaluces students get reprieve; Missing college credit exams found

UPDATE Aug. 16, 2018: The United Parcel Service alerted officials Thursday morning that the exams have been found and are being sent to Cambridge to be scored.  About 260 Palm Beach County high school students who expected to get the results of the college credit exams they took last spring instead learned this week that their tests were lost en route by the United Parcel Service. Santaluces...
School board OKs $372K marketing push to support proposed tax hike

School board OKs $372K marketing push to support proposed tax hike

Palm Beach County public schools are preparing a big-ticket marketing push to educate voters about a proposed property tax increase on the ballot in November, one that would raise teacher salaries and provide extra school security. With three months until county residents vote on the proposal, school board members on Wednesday voted to spend up to $372,000 for a political consultant to advertise...
Stoneman Douglas students return: ‘A bittersweet day here for everyone’

Stoneman Douglas students return: ‘A bittersweet day here for everyone’

Diane Wolk-Rogers prepared for the first school bell of the year Wednesday morning in ways unlike any of her previous 33 years of teaching. Of course, there were lessons to be planned for her history students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. Bulletin boards to be hung. Desks to be arranged. But a workshop on how to plug a bullet hole in a dummy? “It’s a different kind of workshop, that&rsquo...
School employees give sick days for Gardens High teacher’s cancer fight

School employees give sick days for Gardens High teacher’s cancer fight

World history teacher Robert Goodman burned so many sick days fighting colon cancer last spring that he was scheduling chemo around his classes this fall. But a spontaneous Facebook plea went viral, and nearly 60 other teachers and school employees from Jupiter to Boca donated their sick days so that Goodman can fight colon cancer full time. The 23-year Palm Beach Gardens High School veteran educator...
Principal named for new SouthTech Success Center

Principal named for new SouthTech Success Center

SOUTHTECH SCHOOLS Maynard Harvey was named as the first principal of the SouthTech Success Center, which opens in August 2019. Part of the SouthTech tuition-free, public charter schools system, the center takes an innovative educational approach to enable success of at-risk students who have struggled in traditional school settings. Harvey has 20 years of experience as an elementary and secondary...
Rosarian Academy inducts new members to National Junior Honor Society

Rosarian Academy inducts new members to National Junior Honor Society

OXBRIDGE ACADEMY Henriete Purina participated as a delegate to the 2018 American Legion Auxiliary Florida Girls State conference, held in Tallahassee this summer. In the program, she was elected to the Supreme Court, where she proposed a bill on nursing home facilities that was passed in both houses of the legislature and signed by the governor. Girls State is a two-week program that provides citizenship...
South Fork student’s Eagle Scout project helps Humane Society store

South Fork student’s Eagle Scout project helps Humane Society store

ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY The school is hosting its inaugural golf tournament Oct. 6 at Sandhill Crane Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens. Drive For The Hive and Putt For The Dough will feature a scramble format with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. There will be a silent auction, raffles, prizes and a luncheon. Entry fees are $125 for a single player, $400 for a foursome. Sponsorships are available. For more information...
POINT OF VIEW: Keep Martin County school taxes in Martin County

POINT OF VIEW: Keep Martin County school taxes in Martin County

Martin County is our personal paradise with idyllic vistas, soft sand beaches, distinct residential neighborhoods and bustling business centers. However, paradise comes at a price. As home values rise, so too do our property tax bills. Unfortunately, not all of that increase in tax revenue is staying here in Martin County. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion...
Florida law requires 'In God We Trust' to be displayed in all schools

Florida law requires 'In God We Trust' to be displayed in all schools

A bill signed into law by Florida Gov. Rick Scott in March now means students will see “In God We Trust” displayed at all schools in the state. WPTV reported that the law requires the state motto to be shown in a “conspicuous place.” >> Read more trending news  According to state statute 1003.44, “Each district school board shall adopt rules...
JUST IN: Delayed FAU graduation ceremony joyous, defiant

JUST IN: Delayed FAU graduation ceremony joyous, defiant

Some people were angry. Some were sad. Some were defiant. Some were stoic. Many weren’t here at all. On Tuesday, Florida Atlantic University staged a belated re-do of a once-in-a-lifetime commencement someone had stolen on Aug. 7 with a threat on a note stuck to a mirror.  Of the 462 graduates who last week were moments away from taking their walk of pride, only 261 did so Tuesday...
JUST IN: FAU graduation back on after threat canceled ceremony last week

JUST IN: FAU graduation back on after threat canceled ceremony last week

BOCA RATON — It’ll happen in a basketball arena instead of an auditorium and a week later than planned, but Florida Atlantic University will host a make-up graduation Tuesday morning after cancelling a commencement ceremony last week. More than 400 students planned on walking the stage Aug. 7, but a “credible threat” prompted administration and police to evacuate...
‘I need to see your ID’ ... This Boca Raton middle school ramps up security

‘I need to see your ID’ ... This Boca Raton middle school ramps up security

BOCA RATON — An Omni Middle School administrator blocked the gated main entrance of the Boca Raton campus on the first day of school Monday, warmly greeting familiar faces while stopping strangers in their tracks. “I need to see your ID,” she said repeatedly to adults who approached the gate, even those with children in tow. Where administrators once checked identification...
Let’s roll: First day of school in Palm Beach County begins

Let’s roll: First day of school in Palm Beach County begins

The first day of the school year is well underway across Palm Beach County. While student drop-off lines linger on some of the district's more than 200 campuses, the traffic near schools appears to be thinning.  Certain schools saw longer backups than others. One such case: Malfunctioning traffic signals  at the entrance of Seminole Ridge High causes gave drivers  some grief about 7...
Police will be on patrol for first day of school Monday in Palm Beach

Police will be on patrol for first day of school Monday in Palm Beach

A contract between the Palm Beach County School District and the Palm Beach Police Department is expected to be presented to the Town Council Wednesday, laying out details for increased security at the town’s only public school. The contract comes months after the state passed a mandate requiring that an armed officer be placed in each public school by the first day of classes on Monday...
NEW: Schools asking parents about their child’s mental health history

NEW: Schools asking parents about their child’s mental health history

Tucked at the bottom of Palm Beach County’s student registration form, on the page that begins with who is permitted to pick up your child from school and just under the box to check if a student has life-threatening allergies, is a new question: Has the student ever been referred for mental health services? Yes? No? Not known? The question comes in the wake of the Parkland school shootings...
Six months after Parkland, students return to more fortified schools

Six months after Parkland, students return to more fortified schools

More armed officers. New fences and walls. Transparent backpacks. Student ID badges. Staggered school dismissals. Many of Palm Beach County’s public schools will be more guarded and fortified than ever when classes begin on Monday, the result of months of changes to assuage parents’ fears and comply with new state requirements after February’s school shooting in Parkland. With...
195,000 students, 13,000 teachers head back to school Monday

195,000 students, 13,000 teachers head back to school Monday

Summer is officially in the rearview. About 195,000 students — pre-K through 12th grade — are headed to 179 Palm Beach County district-run and 48 charter schools Monday morning. This is the first opening day under Superintendent Donald Fennoy II, who landed the post in the spring. As the 2018-19 school year begins, 17 schools are starting with new principals. Some 60,000 students...

POINT OF VIEW: Building a talent pipeline to meet STEM demands

Florida’s economy is booming, yet, as other states also are experiencing, the talent gap persists in many of our targeted industries, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations. The CareerSource Florida network and our strategic partners are working hard to address this challenge. As workforce developers, we know talent is key in continuing economic growth....
School Board 7: Ferguson aims to unseat Robinson

School Board 7: Ferguson aims to unseat Robinson

After 18 years on the Palm Beach County School Board, Debra L. Robinson is facing what could be the toughest re-election campaign of her career. A former activist, retired physician and the school board’s longest-serving member, Robinson is going head-to-head for the District 7 seat with Edwin Ferguson, a Riviera Beach attorney who grew up in the district and taught briefly in area high schools...
Edline dead; new parent grade-tracking tool is to die for, testers say

Edline dead; new parent grade-tracking tool is to die for, testers say

Edline, the online tool parents across Palm Beach County have used to stalk their children’s progress in school – and sometimes curse when teachers don’t update regularly – is dead. But administrators promise that its replacement, in use districtwide for the first time next week, will be easier to use and have perks only a parent could love as much as students may loathe. Grade...
School district seeks more minority gifted students

School district seeks more minority gifted students

The county’s education leaders say they are slowly chipping away at the factors that contribute to a disproportionately – and overwhelmingly — white enrollment in the school district’s gifted classrooms. Armed with a test to screen all second graders at selected schools and plans to eventually install full-time gifted programs at every elementary, Palm Beach County education...
Cerabino: Palm Beach County Schools has your name, but not your number

Cerabino: Palm Beach County Schools has your name, but not your number

The Palm Beach County School Board is considering streamlining its school-naming policy to allow wealthy, living individuals to have schools named after them in exchange for a “significant contribution.” These “legacy naming rights” would replace a policy that gives the school’s advisory council (SAC) a say on the name change, sparing a “substantial benefactor&rdquo...
School sales tax holiday starts Friday

School sales tax holiday starts Friday

Whether you are buying school supplies or dorm essentials, they can get fairly expensive, and who doesn’t like a good deal? School is around the corner and Florida’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday is here — it kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday. Shoppers won’t be charged the state’s 6 percent sales tax or Palm Beach County’s 1 percent sales surtax...
Delray teacher loses license after graphic sex talk with 5th-graders

Delray teacher loses license after graphic sex talk with 5th-graders

A former teacher at Plumosa School of the Arts has been barred from teaching in Florida after state officials said he engaged his fifth-grade students last year in a graphic conversation about different kinds of sexual intercourse. Carlos Pena, a former Spanish teacher at Plumosa in Delray Beach, discussed with students anal and oral sex, masturbation, pornography and the meaning of the term &ldquo...
Eagle Arts’ last-minute plea fails; School Board ends charter

Eagle Arts’ last-minute plea fails; School Board ends charter

Fed up with protracted efforts to close Eagle Arts Academy that seemingly left the door open for the charter school to welcome students once again this fall, the Palm Beach County School Board ended the school in one vote Wednesday. Board members unanimously agreed with Superintendent Donald Fennoy’s assertion that the school’s financial woes, reports of pending eviction and questions...
A Wellington elementary is named for man who brought mangoes to U.S.

A Wellington elementary is named for man who brought mangoes to U.S.

As we approach the beginning of Palm Beach County’s school year — that’s Aug. 13 but no pressure, parents — it’s natural for people to start wondering more about their children’s schools. One curious parent who asked to remain anonymous emailed me last week to inquire about the origin of the name of her son’s school. Elbridge Gale Elementary sits behind the...
PBC schools chief calls for ‘immediate’ shutdown of Eagle Arts Academy

PBC schools chief calls for ‘immediate’ shutdown of Eagle Arts Academy

Frustrated so far in their attempts to close Eagle Arts Academy, Palm Beach County public school leaders are going for the nuclear option: an immediate shutdown of the troubled Wellington charter school. Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy is proposing to close the school this week, arguing that its financial woes and evident lack of a campus or teaching staff make it unsafe for students. The school&rsquo...
Editorial: School board still needs Robinson’s experience, insight

Editorial: School board still needs Robinson’s experience, insight

The size and complexity of the Palm Beach County School District presents a myriad of challenges. Student achievement, school security and teacher pay being just a few of the issues being wrestled with by the School Board on a daily basis. Board member Debra L. Robinson has effectively fought on the front lines of this county’s education battles for 17 years. In that time, she has garnered a...
Safety call: Fennoy seeks student holiday on primary election day

Safety call: Fennoy seeks student holiday on primary election day

Original post:  Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy is seeking to close schools to students on Aug. 28, clearing the way for residents to cast their votes on Primary Election Day without risking the welfare of children. Of 478 polling locations in Palm Beach County, 118 are within schools, Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher said. Should the School Board vote in favor of Fennoy&rsquo...
Editorial: District right to push closing chronically troubled charter

Editorial: District right to push closing chronically troubled charter

For perspective on why the Eagle Arts Academy charter school should have been closed down long ago, consider the contrast: When the Palm Beach County School District last month announced its A-rated schools, the list included three top-notch high school charters: Inlet Grove in Riviera Beach, South Tech in Boynton Beach and the G-Star School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. Although privately managed...
Judge: School district must pay Eagle Arts $255,000 today

Judge: School district must pay Eagle Arts $255,000 today

An administrative law judge has restored, at least for now, cash flow to the beleaguered Eagle Arts Academy, which is battling district efforts to shut it down. The Palm Beach County School District has been seeking to close the Wellington-based charter school for a growing list of financial failings, but the termination proceedings begun in April weren’t moving quickly enough to stop the school...
Boca Raton cops to police elementary schools next year

Boca Raton cops to police elementary schools next year

BOCA RATON — Boca Raton police officers will monitor the city’s five elementary schools next year while the Palm Beach County School District hires and trains new officers. The school district will reimburse part of the cost to patrol Boca Raton’s elementary schools — Calusa, Addison Mizner, J.C. Mitchell, Verde and Boca Raton Elementary.  The city won&rsquo...
Lost Decade: How Palm Beach County public schools cut pay for veteran teachers

Lost Decade: How Palm Beach County public schools cut pay for veteran teachers

Palm Beach County public schools cut the pay for veteran teachers by thousands of dollars over the past decade, relegating the county’s most experienced educators to lower salaries than their predecessors even as the cost of living climbed. A typical 20-year teacher in Palm Beach County earns $3,000 less today than a typical 20-year teacher did in 2008, a Palm Beach Post analysis of school district...
Report: Seminole Ridge assistant principal changed 40 students’ grades

Report: Seminole Ridge assistant principal changed 40 students’ grades

An assistant principal at Seminole Ridge High in Loxahatchee changed 40 students’ grades in a credit recovery course intended to make up for courses they had failed once before, the school district’s Inspector General’s office has concluded. The investigation into the athletics program and staffers associated with it began with an anonymous letter in August 2017. By the time it concluded...
State fraud probe, dropped contracts plague school counseling service

State fraud probe, dropped contracts plague school counseling service

The Miami-based company that recently lost its contract to supply mental health counselors to Palm Beach County schools after a Palm Beach Post investigation appears to also be under scrutiny from the state’s top legal authority as it investigates Medicaid fraud. Motivational Coaches of America has billed itself as a top provider of mental health counselors to schools across the state, boasting...
Why are Boca schools so crowded? School district has a theory

Why are Boca schools so crowded? School district has a theory

Many have said Boca Raton’s schools are crowded because of incessant development, but the Palm Beach County School District dispelled that notion Tuesday. Boca schools — most of which enroll beyond their capacities — are teeming with students because of the city’s changing demographics, school board member Frank Barbieri told the City Council Tuesday. “There’s a...
Boynton Beach High principal removed from school amid investigation

Boynton Beach High principal removed from school amid investigation

Boynton Beach High School’s principal has been removed abruptly from the school after becoming the subject of a school district investigation. Principal Guarn Sims, a veteran educator who was appointed to lead the school last summer, was removed and temporarily reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation, less than three weeks before classes resume Aug. 13. In his absence, the school...
Tax-free weekend is around the corner. Here’s what you need to know.

Tax-free weekend is around the corner. Here’s what you need to know.

Whether you are buying school supplies or dorm essentials, they can get fairly expensive, and who doesn’t like a good deal? School is around the corner and so is Florida’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday, which kicks off Aug. 3 and runs through Aug. 5. Shoppers won’t be charged the state’s 6 percent sales tax or Palm Beach County’s 1 percent sales surtax on certain ...
New Cypress Trails principal wants students to reach fullest potential

New Cypress Trails principal wants students to reach fullest potential

The new principal of Cypress Trails Elementary, Bruce Saulter, sees balance between his professional and family life one of his biggest challenges. Name: Bruce Saulter School Name: Cypress Trails Elementary School Location: 133 Park Road N., Royal Palm Beach Grades taught: Kindergarten to fifth Number of Students: Approximately 460 Capacity: Our capacity is large enough for our predicted enrollment...
New principal of Okeeheelee Middle sees challenges as opportunities

New principal of Okeeheelee Middle sees challenges as opportunities

Elizabeth Morales sees her role as principal not only as work, but as her passion. The Okeeheelee Middle School principal hasn’t been in the job long, but she faces the new position with enthusiasm. Name: Elizabeth Morales School Name: Okeeheelee Middle School Location: Greenacres Grades taught: Sixth through eighth Number of Students: 1,500 Where did you grow up? I come from a Cuban-Spanish...
Principal says learning student names one of his biggest challenges

Principal says learning student names one of his biggest challenges

For Banyan Creek Elementary School Principal Gerald Riopelle, a quote from Vince Lombardi is a form of motivation. Name: Gerald Riopelle School name: Banyan Creek Elementary Location: 4243 Sabal Lakes Road, Delray Beach Grades taught: VPK, pre-K through fifth Number of Students: 995 Capacity: 1,200 Where did you grow up? Michigan (southern Detroit) Where did you attend school? I attended Florida State...
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