Sonja Isger

Sonja has worked as a reporter at The Palm Beach Post for 20 years, covering everything from K-12 education to homelessness and hunger. For the last two years, she has been the paper's early morning reporter, writing and posting all the news that has happened overnight. She also picks up stories on a variety of topics, including crime and health.

Latest from Sonja Isger

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...

Posted: 10 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 14 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 15 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 20 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 20 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 22 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 28 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 29 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 30 days ago

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...
Football security changes include earlier starts, some Saturday games
 The security playbook for Palm Beach County high school football will be rewritten this week in the aftermath of the shooting on the outskirts of a high school football stadium Friday night. The shooting at Palm Beach Central High in Wellington sent two men to the hospital and hundreds of fans and athletes scrambling in fear, and in...

4:45 PM Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018

The security playbook for Palm Beach County high school football will be rewritten this week in the aftermath of the shooting on the outskirts of a high school football stadium Friday night. The shooting at Palm Beach Central High in Wellington sent two men to the hospital and hundreds of fans and athletes scrambling in fear, and in...
Woman: I witnessed shooting at football game in Wellington, 'couldn't believe it'
 A woman said she witnessed first-hand how a shooting unfolded Friday night in Wellington during a football game at Palm Beach Central High. Authorities say the victims were two adult males who were not students. Robin Shecter, who lives in the nearby Olympia neighborhood, said she had dropped off her kids, 12 and 14, and was returning for...

1:05 PM Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018

A woman said she witnessed first-hand how a shooting unfolded Friday night in Wellington during a football game at Palm Beach Central High. Authorities say the victims were two adult males who were not students. Robin Shecter, who lives in the nearby Olympia neighborhood, said she had dropped off her kids, 12 and 14, and was returning for...