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

School police chiefs: Incoming, outgoing, retired under one roof
 The Palm Beach County School Police Department has gone from one chief to three – one incoming, one outgoing and one former. And a major to spare – at least for now. In making over its in-house police department, school district leaders this week hired Jupiter’s Frank Kitzerow Jr. to preside over what will eventually...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Palm Beach County School Police Department has gone from one chief to three – one incoming, one outgoing and one former. And a major to spare – at least for now. In making over its in-house police department, school district leaders this week hired Jupiter’s Frank Kitzerow Jr. to preside over what will eventually...
School board cuts ties with counseling service that left kids in lurch
 The Palm Beach County School Board has severed ties with the company that promised free mental health counselors to hundreds of students in dozens of schools but whose services were constantly interrupted by rampant turnover, as a Palm Beach Post investigation revealed this month. The Wednesday night vote was swift and without comment. The...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Palm Beach County School Board has severed ties with the company that promised free mental health counselors to hundreds of students in dozens of schools but whose services were constantly interrupted by rampant turnover, as a Palm Beach Post investigation revealed this month. The Wednesday night vote was swift and without comment. The...
School board delays decision for month on property tax increase
 The Palm Beach County School Board on Wednesday night delayed by a month a decision to ask voters to raise school property taxes by $150 million a year. Specifically, they want to sort out whether the wording on the ballot should expressly give or deny charter schools a chunk of the proceeds. School leaders began contemplating a...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Palm Beach County School Board on Wednesday night delayed by a month a decision to ask voters to raise school property taxes by $150 million a year. Specifically, they want to sort out whether the wording on the ballot should expressly give or deny charter schools a chunk of the proceeds. School leaders began contemplating a...
Schools set to split from counseling service suffering high turnover
 Palm Beach County school leaders are seeking to end their contract with the company that promised to put mental health counselors in the district’s 39 middle and seven alternative schools for free but failed to do it with consistency, as revealed by a Palm Beach Post investigation this month. The move comes two weeks after The Post...

Posted: 5 days ago

Palm Beach County school leaders are seeking to end their contract with the company that promised to put mental health counselors in the district’s 39 middle and seven alternative schools for free but failed to do it with consistency, as revealed by a Palm Beach Post investigation this month. The move comes two weeks after The Post...
EXCLUSIVE: High turnover of firm’s counselors at schools: Frail teens left behind
 Two days after a gunman stormed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and killed 17 people, a Miami businessman stepped forward and offered to send a pack of mental health counselors to the school for free. This was in his company’s wheelhouse. Motivational Coaches of America already had people embedded in 78 schools from Miami to Palm...

Posted: 16 days ago

Two days after a gunman stormed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and killed 17 people, a Miami businessman stepped forward and offered to send a pack of mental health counselors to the school for free. This was in his company’s wheelhouse. Motivational Coaches of America already had people embedded in 78 schools from Miami to Palm...
Jupiter Chief Kitzerow among 6 finalists in school police top job
 The national search to fill the new, broader job of Palm Beach County Schools Police chief has been narrowed to six candidates, all but two of whom are local and only one of whom is truly an outsider who has never worked in the county. The most prominent name on the list released by the school district Friday is Jupiter Police Chief Frank...

Posted: 20 days ago

The national search to fill the new, broader job of Palm Beach County Schools Police chief has been narrowed to six candidates, all but two of whom are local and only one of whom is truly an outsider who has never worked in the county. The most prominent name on the list released by the school district Friday is Jupiter Police Chief Frank...
VIDEO: Paul Rudd gives exclusive interview for nephew’s classmates at Boca Raton school
 When your classmate is Ant-Man’s nephew … your journalism class might just land an exclusive interview, as the students at Don Estridge Middle School recently did.  Yup. Paul Rudd, the actor who is big - and sometimes really, really small thanks to his latest role in the Marvel Universe – took time out to answer more...

Posted: 20 days ago

When your classmate is Ant-Man’s nephew … your journalism class might just land an exclusive interview, as the students at Don Estridge Middle School recently did.  Yup. Paul Rudd, the actor who is big - and sometimes really, really small thanks to his latest role in the Marvel Universe – took time out to answer more...
Schools police chief claims he’s keeping job. His bosses say he’s not.
 Two months after being told he was likely being replaced, Palm Beach County School District Police Chief Lawrence Leon surprised his officers last week with some jarring news: The veteran cop was keeping his job after all. “I did finally receive confirmation that I am reappointed into my current position,” Leon wrote in an email...

Posted: 23 days ago

Two months after being told he was likely being replaced, Palm Beach County School District Police Chief Lawrence Leon surprised his officers last week with some jarring news: The veteran cop was keeping his job after all. “I did finally receive confirmation that I am reappointed into my current position,” Leon wrote in an email...
PBC third-graders improve on Fla. reading exam, but fall short of state average
 Palm Beach County’s third-graders bucked a statewide dip in scores on Florida’s reading exam this spring with the number reading on grade level or above jumping 2 percentage points over last year. But with 56 percent hitting a score of 3 or better on a scale of 5, the  rate still fell short of the state’s average of 57 percent...

Posted: 30 days ago

Palm Beach County’s third-graders bucked a statewide dip in scores on Florida’s reading exam this spring with the number reading on grade level or above jumping 2 percentage points over last year. But with 56 percent hitting a score of 3 or better on a scale of 5, the rate still fell short of the state’s average of 57 percent...
Boca football star survived Haiti earthquake, now he’s heading to Yale
 Sebastian Bruno is going to Yale. His mother, the mother with whom he speaks weekly, but last saw three years ago, was proud but didn’t realize how proud until she Googled Yale. Now she’s over the moon. Not bad for a boy who left his home and his parents in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and arrived by military...

5:12 PM Friday, May. 11, 2018

Sebastian Bruno is going to Yale. His mother, the mother with whom he speaks weekly, but last saw three years ago, was proud but didn’t realize how proud until she Googled Yale. Now she’s over the moon. Not bad for a boy who left his home and his parents in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and arrived by military...
Dwyer awards: Six teachers honored for excellence in education
 Teaching television production to students whose disorders drive them to avoid eye contact or decline public speaking may sound counterproductive, but Alicia Laurence-Bersch figures her job is to turn seeming impossibilities into achievements. Laurence-Bersch’s success in that conversion has paid off repeatedly for her students at Indian...

12:50 AM Wednesday, May. 09, 2018

Teaching television production to students whose disorders drive them to avoid eye contact or decline public speaking may sound counterproductive, but Alicia Laurence-Bersch figures her job is to turn seeming impossibilities into achievements. Laurence-Bersch’s success in that conversion has paid off repeatedly for her students at Indian...