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Being named Leonard’s valedictorian was pleasant surprise for Chavis

Being named Leonard’s valedictorian was pleasant surprise for Chavis

John I. Leonard valedictorian Connor Chavis had a high-ranking GPA for most of his high school career, but he wasn’t sure he would land at the top of his senior class. So when he got the news, Chavis said he was pleasantly surprised. “It makes me feel good because it is something that makes my dad (Danny Chavis) happy,” Connor Chavis said. “It’s something he’s always...

Carnival, silent auction at Palm Beach Gardens Elementary on Friday

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY The annual Carnival and Silent Auction takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are available at the school or at the gate. Activities include games and bounce houses. The school is at 10060 Riverside Drive. PALM BEACH GARDENS HIGH Liesel Winchester was selected by the English Speaking Union to study at Oxford University in England this summer...
Wellington Elementary School students create ‘Living Museum’

Wellington Elementary School students create ‘Living Museum’

JOHN I. LEONARD HIGH Mary Fuentes, an early childhood education student, is the first student to earn the National Child Development Associate Industry certification in Palm Beach County. ROSARIAN ACADEMY Middle school students will perform the musical comedy “The Addams Family” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. The show features Harper Throop as Wednesday Addams; Grey Bauer and...

SouthTech Academy hosts open house event today

SOUTHTECH ACADEMY An open house begins at 6:30 p.m. today on the campus, 1300 SW 30th Avenue, Boynton Beach. The tuition-free charter school, serving grades nine to 12, offers 13 career academies and more than 30 industry certifications. The school also offers an expanded AP program and dual enrollment. School staff will be available to provide information and admission assistance. For more information...
Glades Central valedictorian hopes to work with special-needs kids

Glades Central valedictorian hopes to work with special-needs kids

Often in life, we encounter moments of passion so strong that we want to hold onto them forever — even though we know well their fleeting form doesn’t allow us to do that. For some, however, these moments can translate into an undeniable calling, and those lucky enough to experience that do so at just the right time. Glades Central High School valedictorian Gisell Rodriguez knows just...

Advocating for disabled children in your life; RSVP for Legal Aid chat

Parents and guardians of children with disabilities looking to better understand their role as legal advocate for those children are invited to a presentation by the Legal Aid Society. The event is hosted by the Seagull Academy for Independent Living.  When: 5 -6 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2018 Where: The Seagull Academy 6250 N. Military Trail in Riviera Beach. What:The discussion covers advocating...
NEW: Boca’s Addison Mizner Elementary won’t move to Sugar Sand Park

NEW: Boca’s Addison Mizner Elementary won’t move to Sugar Sand Park

BOCA RATON — Addison Mizner Elementary School will be rebuilt and expanded at its current site after the public pushed back against a pitch to move the school to public Sugar Sand Park.  The Palm Beach County School District decided against moving Addison Mizner, a 50-year-old school on an 11-acre lot at the center of a neighborhood on Southwest 12th Avenue between Palmetto Park...
Forest Hill valedictorian thrives by giving back to her community

Forest Hill valedictorian thrives by giving back to her community

It’s not a stretch to say Natalie Gonzalez’s heart is bigger than her mind — figuratively speaking, of course, because her wealth of knowledge is quite impressive, as this year’s valedictorian of Forest Hill High School. Gonzalez, 18, of West Palm Beach, dedicates most of her time outside the classroom to making sure others are living their best lives. Perhaps her proudest...
Boynton valedictorian hopes to make mark in mechanical engineering

Boynton valedictorian hopes to make mark in mechanical engineering

Chase Mango’s robotics team advanced to the world championship two years in a row. “It’s great to meet the people from all over the world with similar interests,” said Mango, of Lake Worth. He considers the robotics team his greatest high school achievement. Another lofty accomplishment for Mango: Boynton Beach High School valedictorian. “I basically made school my No...
Palm Beach first-graders raise $800 to fix pump in African village

Palm Beach first-graders raise $800 to fix pump in African village

When Palm Beach Public first-grade teacher Chimane Rabideau found out about a broken water pump in the small African village where her daughter is posted with the Peace Corps, she quickly devised a plan that would help the village and would teach her students a lesson they’d never forget. “Dimes For Dovi-Dizigo” began as a classroom campaign to raise $150. That would be just...

POINT OF VIEW: Scott should partner with Parkland teens

What is the purpose of the Florida governorship if not to uplift Florida’s youth? That’s a question that should vex Gov. Rick Scott even after signing major gun legislation, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, to address the worst high school shooting in U.S. history. A wise governor would recognize the political and moral value inherent in inviting the Parkland...

POINT OF VIEW: Recognizing apprenticeships in HS grad requirements

In the fall of 1999, when I was a junior at the University of Florida, my professor, Julian Pleasants, inspired me to dedicate my life to public service. It wasn’t until several years later that I realized our education system was the primary issue I wanted to tackle when I jumped into the political arena. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup In 2006...
JUST IN: Park Vista football player faces another gun-theft charge

JUST IN: Park Vista football player faces another gun-theft charge

Park Vista High School football standout Jake Collins has been charged a second time this week with burglarizing guns and other items from homes in suburban Lake Worth, according to jail and court records.  Collins, a senior who had signed to play at Duquesne University, now is charged with stealing from a home near his own that’s been empty since its owners died. Judge Ted Booras...
The cost of a cop in every school could mean no raises for teachers

The cost of a cop in every school could mean no raises for teachers

Palm Beach County’s public school administrators are ruling out raises for teachers and other employees this year after state lawmakers required that nearly all new education money be spent on beefing up school security and mental health services. In an unusual move, leaders of the school district said this week that they could not set aside any money for employee raises in their tentative...
Boca High co-valedictorian inspired by grandfather

Boca High co-valedictorian inspired by grandfather

When she was a sophomore at Boca Raton High School, Lauren Morejón co-founded and led an organization called Project Outreach with her twin sister, AnaMichele. They developed a team of volunteers to produce an inspiring, uplifting show of dancers and singers titled “I Rise,” dedicated to their late grandfather. For Lauren, 17, the co-valedictorian for the Bobcats, Project Outreach...

POINT OF VIEW: Love in classroom essential to transformational growth

When I taught in public schools, I was once asked why my students tended to perform so well on standardized tests. The answer was obvious to me — with the help of love in the classroom. I showed my students love every day, and I used that love to motivate and relate to them. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup Unfortunately, due to horrific events...
Boca Raton co-valedictorian sees corporate law in his future

Boca Raton co-valedictorian sees corporate law in his future

John “Jack” Chapman’s chief goal is making government more representative of people than money. “Having spent time living in the two most influential swing states, Ohio and Florida, I believe I have potential as a federal-level politician,” said the Boca Raton High co-valedictorian. Chapman’s 4.0 GPA helped him tie for first out of 904 senior Bobcats. Among his...

Ride for Reading project will deliver books to Crosspointe Elementary

CROSSPOINTE ELEMENTARY Ride for Reading will deliver books to the school on April 27 with the help of volunteers from the local cycling community. Students will be able to select a book to take home. SOUTHTECH ACADEMY An open house begins at 6:30 p.m. April 26 on the campus, 1300 SW 30th Avenue, Boynton Beach. The tuition-free charter school, serving grades nine to 12, offers 13 career academies and...

Palm Beach Gardens Elementary hosts annual carnival, silent auction

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY The annual Carnival and Silent Auction takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. April 27. Tickets are available at the school or at the gate. Activities include games and bounce houses. The school is at 10060 Riverside Drive. GOOD SHEPHERD EPISCOPAL SCHOOL Rosemary Marshall, Gifted Program planner for the School District of Palm Beach County, has been named...
Rosarian Academy students take home awards in essay, art content

Rosarian Academy students take home awards in essay, art content

ROSARIAN ACADEMY Four middle school students placed in the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews Essay Contest and Creative Arts Competition. Robby Vargas was first in the video category and Matti Cohen was first in 3-D art. Earning honorable mentions for their essays were MJ Hanlon and Lily Guari. Contestants were asked to read and reflect on Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken&rdquo...
Constitution revision panel adds 8 questions to five on Florida ballot

Constitution revision panel adds 8 questions to five on Florida ballot

Florida voters will get a chance to decide in November whether 13 is a lucky or unlucky number. The state Constitution Revision Commission, which meets every 20 years, finished its work Monday night after approving eight proposed constitutional amendments for the Nov. 6 general-election ballot. Those eight proposals will join five other measures already on the ballot, including three approved...
Lyrids are a modest meteor shower, but even one is a treat

Lyrids are a modest meteor shower, but even one is a treat

A lengthy pause in celestial flamboyance ends this week under a shy, waxing crescent moon and skies scrubbed clean by a cold front. The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks late Saturday into early Sunday, but the approach of another weather system and a growing moon means watching earlier in the week may offer a better chance to see a line of fire scratch into the inky night. January’s Quadrantids...
Atlantic High valedictorian was on a mission to reach the top

Atlantic High valedictorian was on a mission to reach the top

To Vinayak Kawatra, pick-up soccer games, arm wrestling, video games and school all mean one thing: competition. The Atlantic High School valedictorian can’t get enough of it. “I’m competitive in every little thing,” said Kawatra, 18. “I wasn’t really aware of the ranking system when I first joined high school, as I’m the first person in my family to go to...
Why PBC’s school board is spending $15 million to aid a charter school

Why PBC’s school board is spending $15 million to aid a charter school

Palm Beach County’s public schools went to court last year to try to avoid giving charter schools more construction and maintenance money. Now the school board is preparing to spend $15 million fixing up an old campus on a charter school’s behalf. After they shut down Odyssey Middle in June, board members plan to hand the keys to the campus to SouthTech Academy, a charter high school that...
JUST IN: Park Vista football player faces charge he stole firearm

JUST IN: Park Vista football player faces charge he stole firearm

A Park Vista High School football standout was arrested on charges of armed burglary and theft of a firearm late Monday, just months before his college career was to get underway. Jake Collins, a senior athlete who had signed to play at Duquesne University, is accused of stealing a gun and jewelry from the suburban Lake Worth home of a Palm Beach County sheriff’s officer, according to a...
Dreyfoos valedictorian finds perseverance key to success

Dreyfoos valedictorian finds perseverance key to success

Facing some of her fears and overcoming failures during her high school years has taught Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts valedictorian Mounika Vattigunta some very valuable life lessons. She said even though she works hard to keep her grades up, she enjoys just being a regular high school student. “I’m serious, but only when I need to be,” she said. Vattigunta said her advice...
POINT OF VIEW: Board members should do what’s right or resign

POINT OF VIEW: Board members should do what’s right or resign

More than 20,000 students attend 48 charter schools in Palm Beach County. The majority of those schools and their nonprofit board members do an excellent job of providing parents with a public school choice. Charter schools exist because parents choose to send their children there — if parents withdrew their children the schools would close down. Recently, I have been reading The Palm Beach...

POINT OF VIEW: Prevention is better than ‘cleaning up the mess’

Imagine standing on the bank of a lovely river, just watching the water flow by, when suddenly you hear someone screaming. You look out into the river and see a boat burning, the person on board screaming for help. You jump into the water, swim out to the boat and bring the person to shore. Just as you get them comfortable, you hear another scream, and another burning boat is coming down the river...
Despite worries, Eagle Arts teachers report receiving full paychecks

Despite worries, Eagle Arts teachers report receiving full paychecks

Teachers and staff at Eagle Arts Academy reported receiving their full paychecks Friday after weeks of worries that the cash-strapped charter school wouldn’t be able to make payroll this week. Employees at the 425-student school had been working without pay for the past two weeks but received back pay on Wednesday and then their full paychecks on Friday. The payout elated teachers and marked...
While struggling to pay staff, Eagle Arts pays its leader for its own name

While struggling to pay staff, Eagle Arts pays its leader for its own name

As Eagle Arts Academy stiffed its landlord and struggled to pay its teachers this year, the charter school managed to find cash to cover a more unusual arrangement – paying its own executive director for the right to use its name. Since June, the financially struggling Wellington charter school has paid at least $42,000 to director Gregory Blount’s company for the right to call itself...
Editorial: For students’ sake, district must close struggling charter

Editorial: For students’ sake, district must close struggling charter

The Palm Beach County School Board gave Eagle Arts Academy 90 days to clean up its act or the financially struggling Wellington charter school would be shut down at the end of the school year. The School Board should shut it down now. Don’t allow Gregory Blount, Eagle Arts’ founder and executive director, access to one more tax dollar. Put an end to the nightmarish atmosphere the students...
PBSC ordered to pay $2.7 million to woman injured in “horrific” fall

PBSC ordered to pay $2.7 million to woman injured in “horrific” fall

One minute, Dwella Nelson was dropping her 5-year-old daughter off in a dressing room outside a theater at the Palm Beach Gardens campus of Palm Beach State College, assuring the excited pre-schooler she would wow the crowd of parents gathered for the ballet recital there. The next minute, the aspiring cancer researcher and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University was lying on the ground outside...
After two weeks without pay, Eagle Arts teachers get their checks

After two weeks without pay, Eagle Arts teachers get their checks

Eagle Arts Academy issued delayed paychecks to its teachers and staff Wednesday that the cash-strapped charter school had withheld for two weeks, soothing some teachers’ worries but stirring new questions about the school’s fate. The 425-student Wellington school was able to give teachers their back pay after receiving its monthly payment from the county school district this week, but...

PNC Foundation funds preschool lab for Village Academy students

VILLAGE ACADEMY ELEMENTARY The school received $60,000 from the PNC Foundation for a preschool lab. The lab, created out of a partnership with Palm Beach State College’s Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, the Young At Art Museum and the school districts of Broward and Palm Beach County to bring STEAM to preschools, will serve as...
Klean Currents team tops field in FPL competition at Dwyer High

Klean Currents team tops field in FPL competition at Dwyer High

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS BRIEFLY Dunkin Donuts has launched its South/Southwest Florida Scholarship Program, which will award $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school. Students in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties may apply. Applications will be accepted through May 1....
Equestrian Trails’ Positivity Club helps raise funds for animal rescue

Equestrian Trails’ Positivity Club helps raise funds for animal rescue

PALM BEACH CENTRAL HIGH The Robotics Team competed last month at the FIRST Robotics South Florida Regional Competition at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The Bionic Broncos, a second year team, had five wins and five losses, finishing 30th out of 55 teams. Team members are Hunter Free, Kailia Williams, Brandon Boyle-Fagan, Hunter Hill, Ian Dominguez, Adryan Ortiz, Halle Gumpel, Brittany Mutz...
Editorial: Amid scramble to secure schools, money short for teachers

Editorial: Amid scramble to secure schools, money short for teachers

With teachers walking off the job in West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma, demanding higher pay and more money for education, it should surprise no one if this prairie fire were to spread to another Republican-led state, our very own Florida. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup Just like the states where we’re seeing teachers taking drastic action...
POINT OF VIEW: Don’t be fooled by proposed education amendment

POINT OF VIEW: Don’t be fooled by proposed education amendment

Tallahassee politicians keep trying to hide their real education agenda. They fooled us with the lottery amendment. They fooled us with measures to water down our class size limits. Now they are trying to fool us again with the following amendment: School board term limits and duties; public schools. Creates a term limit of eight consecutive years for school board members and requires the Legislature...
School district considers replacing police chief

School district considers replacing police chief

Palm Beach County’s new schools superintendent is considering replacing School District Police Chief Lawrence Leon as the district expands its police force in the wake of the Parkland school shooting massacre. Superintendent Donald Fennoy told school board members in March 30 memo that he planned to restructure the chief’s position and conduct a national search to select a chief to lead...
At town hall on gun violence, many wondered: ‘Where was school board?’

At town hall on gun violence, many wondered: ‘Where was school board?’

When U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch hosted a town hall Tuesday near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to discuss gun violence, nearly two dozen politicians, primarily from throughout Broward County, showed up. So did a crowd of 1,471, including students and parents from Douglas, who packed the Coral Springs Center for the Arts to discuss concerns following the Feb. 14 school shooting that left 17 dead. But...
School safety efforts are underway but PBC leaders worry about resolve

School safety efforts are underway but PBC leaders worry about resolve

Palm Beach County is taking steps to protect its schools from the threat of a mass shooting, but the county’s top education and law enforcement leaders worried Friday that the political resolve to continue will weaken as the trauma of the Parkland school shooting fades. The county’s public schools are pouring millions of dollars into making security upgrades at aging school campuses and...

POINT OF VIEW: Stoneman Douglas alumnus learns strength of community

“Nobody should have to live like this. Nobody should have to die like this.” These words rang in my ears as I stood in a crowd of grieving families, angry students and concerned students in Parkland the day after an awful school shooting. As a lifetime resident of nearby Coral Springs, I’m a former student of Marjory Stoneman Stoneman Douglas High School and worked there during my...
No solution in sight for Eagle Arts teachers working without pay

No solution in sight for Eagle Arts teachers working without pay

Eagle Arts Academy teachers who have been working without pay are expected to receive back-pay next week, but it could be another month before they get another full paycheck. Gregory Blount, executive director of the struggling Wellington charter school, told the school’s board of directors Thursday that the school’s monthly payment from the county school district, about $230,000...
Update: Proposal that would’ve tumbled state graduation rates tweaked; higher bar delayed  

Update: Proposal that would’ve tumbled state graduation rates tweaked; higher bar delayed  

Update April 25, 2018: A week after this story published, Florida Department of Education staff altered its recommendation. The proposed higher bar still looms in the future, but not for anyone in school right now. If approved by the State Board of Education in May, next year’s freshmen will be the first held to this higher standard.  Original story:  The state is poised to make it...

Christa McAuliffe Middle School students in cooking competition

CHRISTA MCAULIFFE MIDDLE A team of students will make Quick Bite Tacos in the 2018 Gridiron Cooking Challenge, which will take April 21 at the Miami Dolphins’ training facility. Team members are Ryder Rucco, Madison Lipiro, Basha Halum and Renzo D’Arrigo. The winning team will receive a prize pack for its school valued at up to $2,500, and each student on the winning team will receive...
Seminole Ridge High TV Production Academy teams bring home awards

Seminole Ridge High TV Production Academy teams bring home awards

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH Students from the TV Production Academy recently earned honors in two events at the annual Student Television Network national convention in Nashville, Tenn. The Hawks competed among more than 3,000 students representing more than 100 of the top film and television programs nationwide. Christina Gonzalez, Craig Inscoe and Shannon O’Sullivan took second in the Spot Feature...
Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy students tour Mandel JCC exhibit

Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy students tour Mandel JCC exhibit

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS FAITH LUTHERAN SCHOOL Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is underway. The program is for children ages 8 weeks to Pre-K 4. Hours are 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration also is open for the after-school and summer programs for kindergarten through grade five. The school is at 555 U.S. 1, North Palm Beach. Call 561-842-2487 for more information. WILLIAM T. DWYER HIGH Kayla...
71 PBC schools accepting open-enrollment students next year

71 PBC schools accepting open-enrollment students next year

Parents seeking to enroll their children in a school other than the one they are assigned to by boundary can look this month to 71 elementary, middle and high schools in Palm Beach County with room to spare.  Because they are not full, these schools are required by the state’s open-enrollment policy, now in its second year, to accept students from outside their boundaries. See a list...
Eagle Arts principals resign as charter school withholds teachers’ pay

Eagle Arts principals resign as charter school withholds teachers’ pay

Eagle Arts Academy’s two principals resigned Monday and several teachers threatened to quit after the Wellington charter school withheld paychecks last week and the school revealed that employees will not be paid for at least another week. In a raucous board meeting on the school’s campus, Gregory Blount, the school’s executive director and founder, revealed that the financially...
Florida Gov. Scott has 19 bills left to act on after signing 18 Friday

Florida Gov. Scott has 19 bills left to act on after signing 18 Friday

After signing 18 bills Friday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has until April 10 to act on the remaining 19 bills from the 2018 legislative session, including a water-related measure drawing fire from environmentalists. The Legislature approved 195 bills during the 60-day session that ended March 11. So far, Scott has signed 177 and vetoed only one, a bill (HB 1113) that would have affected Palm Beach County...
Check out Astronomy Night this Friday in Jupiter

Check out Astronomy Night this Friday in Jupiter

1. Astronomy night. Friday night’s program at Loggerhead Marine Center begins with a seminar led by the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches, featuring highlights of the current night sky and end with a peer through powerful telescopes and binoculars to get a closer look. Cost is $5 for children and $10 for adults for the event that starts at 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For information...
In wake of Parkland, school district fixes class doors that won’t lock

In wake of Parkland, school district fixes class doors that won’t lock

The matter of classroom doors at nine schools that could not be locked even in the event of a campus intruder has been resolved — at least 18 years after teachers first complained and at a fraction of the cost. What Palm Beach County School District administrators once declared too expensive at $40,000 per door, rung in at under $4,000 each, the district reported this week. The fix, much of...
Who can build the best robot? Palm Beach County students battle it out

Who can build the best robot? Palm Beach County students battle it out

A competition in West Palm Beach offers high school students a unique opportunity: Build a functional robot in six weeks. Royal Palm Beach High School’s Amped Up team is in its second year taking part in the tournament and has high hopes with a vision that its mechanical person will scoop up blocks and successfully hoist itself up. Their creation — outfitted with flywheels, gears, mechanical...
Who’s in? School lottery results today; 22,000 students applied 

Who’s in? School lottery results today; 22,000 students applied 

The school district’s golden tickets will be going out in the email at 4 p.m. today. About 12,000 seats are open in the district’s ‘s 310 choice programs, but more than 22,000 students applied. The seats are assigned by lottery - though at some schools students had to first pass auditions. If parents completed an application online, they don’t have to wait for the email but...
Wellington honors recently retired, longtime educator Mario Crocetti

Wellington honors recently retired, longtime educator Mario Crocetti

Wellington’s village council on Tuesday night honored a longtime educator in the village who recently retired after 10 years at the helm of Wellington High School. Mario Crocetti began his career in 1983, teaching math and science at Crestwood Middle School in Royal Palm Beach. He became assistant principal there in 1986 before transferring to become assistant principal of Royal Pines School...

Faith Lutheran School opens enrollment for 2018-2019 school year

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS FAITH LUTHERAN SCHOOL Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is underway. The program is for children ages 8 weeks to Pre-K 4. Hours are 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration also is open for the after-school and summer programs for kindergarten through grade five. The school is at 555 U.S. 1, North Palm Beach. Call 561-842-2487 for more information. ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Kindergarten...

Golf tournament fundraiser for Sacred Heart School sets record

SACRED HEART SCHOOL The 2018 Heroes Pro-Am Golf Tournament generated a record-breaking $158,000 for scholarships and academic initiatives. Co-chairs of the event were Gerri Combs, Jack Donsky, Milka Santos, Richard Schmeelk and Principal Candace Tamposi. Honorary chairs included Patrick Donaghy, William B. Finneran, Donald Herdrich, Joe Plumeri and Gary Smigiel. SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH Varsity and JV...

SouthTech Preparatory Academy host open house event

SOUTHTECH PREPARATORY ACADEMY An open house takes place at 6:30 p.m. April 12 at the campus of this tuition-free charter school, 1325 Gateway Blvd., Boynton Beach. School staff will be on hand to provide information on academic and student-support services, clubs and organizations. Admissions assistance will be available. The school educates students in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering...
Is your school covered? New law hands PBC schools $6M for officers

Is your school covered? New law hands PBC schools $6M for officers

When the state doles out $97.5 million to hire more school police officers this summer, Palm Beach County School District officials expect to get enough to add 75 officers to its ranks of more than 160 – enough to cover all of its campuses from Boca Raton to Jupiter and west to the Glades as required by a new state law. Until those hires can be made, the school district will make do with...
Royal Palm woman who went missing in LA for nearly 7 months is found

Royal Palm woman who went missing in LA for nearly 7 months is found

Nearly seven months after disappearing from her Los Angeles apartment, a 27-year-old Royal Palm Beach woman has been found and reunited with her family, the Los Angeles Police Department said.  Investigators say Leah Rose Altmann, an audio-video specialist and a musician who was in G-Star School of the Arts' second graduating class, was located over the weekend and was in “good...
March for Our Lives in Palm Beach County tops 10,000; Boca leads list

March for Our Lives in Palm Beach County tops 10,000; Boca leads list

In all, more than 10,000 people turned out to March for Our Lives events Saturday across Palm Beach County, a number that well exceeded projections on a day that drew hundreds of thousands to similar marches worldwide. Boca Raton, one of the first marches of the day, drew the largest crowd in the county with about 5,000 filling the Mizner Park Amphitheater and beyond, according to estimates Monday...
Man ordered bond or house arrest after accused of threatening PBC schools on Facebook

Man ordered bond or house arrest after accused of threatening PBC schools on Facebook

UPDATE Saturday 10:25 a.m.: Jimmie Lee Jones, the man who allegedly wrote on Facebook that Palm Beach County schools should go on “code red” when students go back to school, will have to post a $5,000 bond to get out of jail or instead, be under house arrest with electronic monitoring. Jones’ mother told Judge Howard Coates Jr. her son has had “a few problems&rdquo...
Governor signs claims bill for parents of boy killed at Conniston

Governor signs claims bill for parents of boy killed at Conniston

After 21 years – and some faith and perhaps a bit of luck – the long wait for Ashraf Kamel and his ex-wife, Marguerite Dimitri finally is over. On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott signed a special type of bill known as a claims bill that would clear the way for the Palm Beach County School Board to pay the two at least some of the remainder of the judgment they won in a 2002 lawsuit alleging negligence...
With session done, what is Senate President Negron’s political future?

With session done, what is Senate President Negron’s political future?

If you had asked Senate President Joe Negron what his plans were immediately following the close of the 2018 session of the Florida Legislature on March 11, he would have told you he was leaving that night to go home to Stuart. But if you ask Negron – who served in the Florida House for six years prior to his 2009 election to the Senate – what his plans are for the remaining two years...
More than a million worldwide expected to March for Our Lives Saturday

More than a million worldwide expected to March for Our Lives Saturday

Launched from the tears and frustration of angry Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, more than a million people are expected to participate Saturday in March for our Lives gun-control rallies around the world. Billed as a long overdue conversation about gun violence, the main event will take place in Washington, D.C., where local officials are bracing for the possibility...
NEW: Dwyer student charged as adult for threatening to shoot up Gardens school

NEW: Dwyer student charged as adult for threatening to shoot up Gardens school

The 17-year-old student accused of threatening to shoot up William T. Dwyer High School last month is being charged as an adult, court records show.  Anthony L. Roberson of Riviera Beach was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail late Tuesday, nearly two weeks after sheriff’s authorities arrested him on charges of possession of a weapon on school property, using a communication...
Florida to replace Confederate statue at US Capitol with civil-rights leader

Florida to replace Confederate statue at US Capitol with civil-rights leader

A statue of civil-rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune soon will replace one of a Confederate general as a representation of Florida in the U.S. Capitol, as a result of a bill signed Monday by Gov. Rick Scott. It was one of 30 bills Scott signed into law Monday. Among the others: one requiring a state department to create a plan that could lead to a slavery memorial at the state Capitol...

Glades Central High hosts inaugural Men & Boys Forum on Wednesday

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH Varsity and JV football cheerleader tryouts are 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. April 4-5 in the cafeteria. Participants should pick up a tryout packet in the front office and bring the completed packet to a tryout session. For more information, contact tayhcarroll@aol.com. National Honor Society inducted as honorary faculty members this year English teachers Marcie Hagan and Marisa Santos....

Donna Klein Academy student earns funding for computer coding project

DONNA KLEIN JEWISH ACADEMY Noah Rubin, a Claire and Emmanuel G. Rosenblatt High School freshman, was given $15,000 during the Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank Finals earlier this month. The focus of Rubin’s program is teaching basic computer programming to students in underprivileged communities. But he sees the value for teenagers to be the teachers, as they develop leadership skills, self-confidence...

Elementary schools in Palm Beach Gardens plan Kindergarten Round-Up

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Kindergarten Round-Up takes place 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 5 in the cafeteria. Parents and their incoming kindergarten students are invited to tour the school, meet the teachers and register for the upcoming school year. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to attend kindergarten. Call the school at 561-803-7200 for more information. The school...
UPDATE: Sixth and final body recovered from rubble of FIU bridge collapse

UPDATE: Sixth and final body recovered from rubble of FIU bridge collapse

10:45 P.M. UPDATE: A sixth and final body was recovered from the wreckage of the collapsed Florida International University bridge late tonight, the Miami Herald reported. "We’re pretty confident no one’s left," Miami-Dade Police Department Director Juan Perez said.  The fifth of six cars to be removed Saturday was freed from the bridge debris just before 10 p.m. ...
Parkland tragedy: Valentine’s card last love letter between teachers

Parkland tragedy: Valentine’s card last love letter between teachers

The night before Valentine’s Day while her fiance showered, Gwen Gossler snuck into his car and placed a handmade card on the dashboard for him to find the next morning. In the valentine, made with pink construction paper and decorated with hearts, Gossler told Scott Beigel she loves him and that he is her favorite person. The couple had made plans for that night that would come after a...
What Palm Beach County won in the legislative session

What Palm Beach County won in the legislative session

When the House Speaker Richard Corcoran banged the joint session of the 2018 Legislative Session to order on Jan. 9, Palm Beach County leaders’ plan to secure money for affordable housing, infrastructure projects, and the opioid crisis went into play. Then tragedy struck on Feb. 14. A gunman – armed with a AK-15 – stormed the campus at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland...
Student arrested in latest gun incident involving Dwyer High School

Student arrested in latest gun incident involving Dwyer High School

Gun incidents continue to occur at William T. Dwyer High School, with the latest coming Thursday morning when a student was found with a handgun in his vehicle, according the school’s principal. The student, who was not identified, was arrested. A school police officer noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the student’s vehicle. He conducted a search and the gun was found. The...
NEW: First signs of drought in South Fla.; temps to swing 35 degrees

NEW: First signs of drought in South Fla.; temps to swing 35 degrees

The first signs that South Florida’s dry spell has turned more serious appeared Thursday with a spreading puddle of brown on the U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly report. A pinch of land in southwest Palm Beach County stretching through Broward and Miami-Dade was tagged for being in “moderate drought,” up from the abnormally dry conditions earlier this month. Brief showers from...
School board inks deal with new schools chief, approves shakeup

School board inks deal with new schools chief, approves shakeup

Praising outgoing Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa on his last day at the helm of the county’s public schools, Palm Beach County School Board members inked a deal with his replacement and signed off on a shakeup of the school district’s top ranks. By an unanimous vote, board members approved incoming Superintendent Donald Fennoy to take office Thursday with a 5-year contract and...
School’s out for Election Day 2018 in Palm Beach County public schools

School’s out for Election Day 2018 in Palm Beach County public schools

Amid heightened concerns about school safety, Palm Beach County’s public schools will no longer hold classes on the day of Florida’ gubernatorial election, when voters head to dozens of campuses countywide to cast ballots. School board members on Wednesday approved a new calendar for the 2018-19 school year that makes Nov. 6, the day of the general election, a teacher work day instead...
Student walkout planned for 10 a.m. today

Student walkout planned for 10 a.m. today

Across Palm Beach County students are preparing to answer the national call to walk out of class Wednesday at 10 a.m. and have their voices heard on the one month anniversary of the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. What those walkouts look like is expected to vary widely across the country with some superintendents and principals threatening to suspend or stop students...
Avossa resigns today but may work as a school district consultant

Avossa resigns today but may work as a school district consultant

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa’s last day in office is today, but he may get paid to stick around for a few days to assure a smooth transition. School board members have tentatively agreed to let Avossa work for an extra week as a paid consultant and adviser to incoming Superintendent Donald Fennoy, earning the same daily pay rate he made as the district’s...
Christy Cole honored as Martin’s School-Related Employee of the Year

Christy Cole honored as Martin’s School-Related Employee of the Year

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Kindergarten Round-Up takes place 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 5 in the cafeteria. Parents and their incoming kindergarten students are invited to tour the school, meet the teachers and register for the upcoming school year. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to attend kindergarten. Call the school at 561-803-7200 for more information. The school...
Palm Beach Central student heads to NYC for Shakespeare contest

Palm Beach Central student heads to NYC for Shakespeare contest

WELLINGTON HIGH Brandon Schloss was recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association as the recipient of its 2018 Exemplary Student Service Award. Schloss is a regional, state and national anti-bullying spokesman. He has accumulated in excess of 400 community service hours speaking to students at schools, after-care programs, camps and mall events the past three years. He also has been active...

West Boca High Wind Ensemble chosen for national music festival

WEST BOCA RATON HIGH The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Larry Shane, was invited to perform at the 2018 Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis. Students will perform in concert, be evaluated by renowned music educators, and participate in master classes and special events. SOUTHTECH PREPARATORY ACADEMY An open house takes place at 6:30 p.m. April 12 at the campus of this tuition-free...
Confessed Parkland gunman ‘mute;’ judge enters 17 ‘not guilty’ pleas

Confessed Parkland gunman ‘mute;’ judge enters 17 ‘not guilty’ pleas

Confessed Parkland gunman Nikolas Cruz "stood mute" Wednesday at a Broward County court hearing on 17 first-degree murder charges related to his confessed Feb. 14 rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  Cruz, at a status hearing, chose not to formally enter a plea, and Broward County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer entered a "not guilty" plea on his behalf,...
UPDATE: District moves to close troubled Wellington charter school

UPDATE: District moves to close troubled Wellington charter school

Palm Beach County public school leaders are moving to shut down Eagle Arts Academy, saying the controversy-plagued Wellington charter school is hemorrhaging money and that its executive director last year steered tens of thousands of dollars from the school into one of his companies amid the school’s financial woes. Superintendent Robert Avossa has called for closing the school at the end of...

Tax-cut bill focuses on helping farmers, others with Irma losses

A tax package that provides relief for farmers and property owners who suffered losses from Hurricane Irma, while offering sales-tax breaks at the start of the school year and hurricane season, was approved by the House and Senate in a rare Sunday conclusion to the legislative session. Gov. Rick Scott’s office didn’t indicate Sunday if he would sign the package, which totals about $170...
Florida Legislature OKs $88.7 billion budget to end 2018 session

Florida Legislature OKs $88.7 billion budget to end 2018 session

The Florida Legislature wrapped up the end of an extended 2018 session Sunday with the passing of a budget that pushes hundreds of millions of dollars toward spending on K-12 and higher education, improving school safety and battling the opioid crisis. Approved by a 95-12 vote in the House and 31-5 vote in Senate, the $88.7 billion budget also includes $100 million for the Florida Forever program...
Editorial: New schools chief should focus on old specialty: reading

Editorial: New schools chief should focus on old specialty: reading

One fact on Donald Fennoy’s résumé pops out. After graduating in 1999 from Florida A&M University, the newly named Palm Beach County School District superintendent began his education career as a teacher in an Orlando public school. A third-grade reading teacher. It just so happens that improving the proficiency of third-grade reading is one of the school district’s chief...
Replacing his mentor, new PBC schools chief is set to forge a new path

Replacing his mentor, new PBC schools chief is set to forge a new path

For 14 years, their careers advanced in tandem. Always at the vanguard was an ambitious and fast-rising educator named Robert Avossa. Always close behind: Donald Fennoy, five years his junior but poised on a similar trajectory. Avossa was the 32-year-old principal of a large Orlando-area high school when he first hired Fennoy as an assistant principal in 2004. Just 28 at the time, Fennoy had...
$88.7 billion Florida budget includes 1.4% hike in per-student funding

$88.7 billion Florida budget includes 1.4% hike in per-student funding

Florida lawmakers are poised to end their annual session on Sunday by passing an $88.7 billion state budget that increases funding for school safety, mental health, environmental land-buying and college scholarships. Both the House and Senate discussed the budget bill (HB 5001) on Friday, which was the last scheduled day of the 2018 session. But legislative leaders extended the session through Sunday...
What Florida’s new gun control and school safety law does

What Florida’s new gun control and school safety law does

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act (SB 7026) passed by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature this week and signed Friday by Gov. Rick Scott allocates more than $400 million for major changes in three areas: Gun control Allows judges to prohibit violent or mentally ill people from buying or possessing a firearm or any other weapon. If a law...
Scott signs Douglas High gun control bill; NRA already sues to stop it

Scott signs Douglas High gun control bill; NRA already sues to stop it

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed his first bill of the legislative session – a sweeping law that boosts school safety and restricts access to guns – despite it containing a program he opposes, which would allow some teachers to carry concealed weapons on campuses. Flanked by parents of some of the victims of the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Scott thanked the families of the...
Parents of student killed at Conniston in 1997 finally win claims bill

Parents of student killed at Conniston in 1997 finally win claims bill

Ashraf Kamel’s 14-year-old son, Jean Pierre Kamel, was killed 21 years ago when a classmate shot him dead at Conniston Middle School in West Palm Beach. Five years after their son’s death, Kamel and his ex-wife, Marguerite Dimitri, won a $1.6 million judgment against the Palm Beach County School Board in a lawsuit alleging negligence by district and school officials. But the school...

Scott to meet with Parkland parents amid school-safety bill questions

Gov. Rick Scott will meet Friday with the families of victims of last month’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, raising expectations that he will sign into law a sweeping school-safety measure (SB 7026) that sparked veto requests from critics on both ends of the gun-control spectrum. The Florida Education Association on Thursday asked Scott to veto the measure, saying more...
Florida education budget increases largely due to Parkland shooting

Florida education budget increases largely due to Parkland shooting

School funding next academic year will be shaped by the Florida Legislature’s reaction to the mass shooting of students and staff at a Broward County high school. A new $88.7 billion state budget, which was released Thursday and is expected to be approved Sunday, includes a $21.1 billion spending plan for the 67 school districts. It would boost per-student funding by $101.50 during 2018-2019...
UPDATE: Boy, 6, had loaded gun in backpack at West Palm-area charter school  

UPDATE: Boy, 6, had loaded gun in backpack at West Palm-area charter school  

4:30 p.m. UPDATE: The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said that the gun found in a 6-year-old’s backpack at a West Palm-area charter school Thursday morning was loaded. According to witnesses, when the unidentified student walked into the classroom at Somerset Academy Lakes, he tossed down his backpack and the gun fell out. The sheriff’s office said the teacher &ldquo...
Stoneman Douglas High bill on way to governor after emotional debate

Stoneman Douglas High bill on way to governor after emotional debate

In a vote watched by the father of one the students killed in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Florida House members on Wednesday approved a bill that is supposed to tighten the state’s gun laws and throw millions of dollars at improving school safety – including the implementation of a “school marshal plan” that would allow some school employees to carry...
Late deal on Florida budget requires extension of legislative session

Late deal on Florida budget requires extension of legislative session

Florida lawmakers will extend their annual session for several days to pass a new $87 billion-plus state budget, which will include a $101.50 increase in per-student funding in public schools. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, announced early Wednesday afternoon that legislative leaders had reached agreement on the budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. One of the last...
PBC school board picks Donald Fennoy as new superintendent

PBC school board picks Donald Fennoy as new superintendent

The next leader of Palm Beach County’s public school system will be Donald Fennoy, the school district’s chief operating officer and a longtime protégé of current Superintendent Robert Avossa, school board members decided Wednesday. In choosing Fennoy, board members signaled their preference that a close ally of Avossa’s carry forward the initiatives that Avossa has...
Palm Beach Day Academy families volunteer efforts in hunger project

Palm Beach Day Academy families volunteer efforts in hunger project

OXBRIDGE ACADEMY The school’s second annual golf tournament will be April 24 at The Bear’s Club in Jupiter. Golf legend Jack Nicklaus, The Bear’s Club founder and course designer, will kick off the tournament by hosting a golf clinic with PGA Tour professionals and the Oxbridge Academy Golf Team. Registration is limited to the first 24 foursomes and includes lunch, a...
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