Andrew Marra

Andrew Marra covers education for The Palm Beach Post. He started at The Post in 2001 and has covered public schools and the criminal justice system and has worked as an editorial writer. A graduate of Palm Beach County’s public school system, he attended Palm Beach Gardens Elementary, Howell L. Watkins Middle and Suncoast Community High School. He lives in Lake Worth with his wife and son.

Latest from Andrew Marra

A/C problems worsen in PBC schools after district delays millions in fixes
 Nearly two years after voters raised taxes to pay for better school facilities, air conditioners are breaking down more often in Palm Beach County’s public schools, forcing more students to study in overheated classrooms. In the first five weeks of classes, the school district logged 2,172 reports of malfunctioning air conditioners...

Posted: 4 days ago

Nearly two years after voters raised taxes to pay for better school facilities, air conditioners are breaking down more often in Palm Beach County’s public schools, forcing more students to study in overheated classrooms. In the first five weeks of classes, the school district logged 2,172 reports of malfunctioning air conditioners...
Board grants charter for Glades art school, delays vote on 2 others
 The Glades region won’t have to wait to get a charter school for the arts, but the Palm Beach County School Board hit pause on plans to approve two other charter schools Wednesday. In a move proposed by board member Frank Barbieri, the group will delay the vote until after it can discuss the ramifications the new schools would have...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Glades region won’t have to wait to get a charter school for the arts, but the Palm Beach County School Board hit pause on plans to approve two other charter schools Wednesday. In a move proposed by board member Frank Barbieri, the group will delay the vote until after it can discuss the ramifications the new schools would have...
Three new charter schools may open in Palm Beach County next year
 Three new charter schools could open next year in Palm Beach County if school board members give their approval Wednesday. School district officials have recommended that board members approve two K-8 charter schools, one in Wellington and one in Belle Glade, and a high school near West Palm Beach. The three schools, which would be privately...

Posted: 13 days ago

Three new charter schools could open next year in Palm Beach County if school board members give their approval Wednesday. School district officials have recommended that board members approve two K-8 charter schools, one in Wellington and one in Belle Glade, and a high school near West Palm Beach. The three schools, which would be privately...
Report: Boynton Beach High principal threatened teacher after 6-month affair
 Boynton Beach High School Principal Guarn Sims carried on a six-month extramarital affair with a teacher at his school, then threatened her and sought to have her transferred once their relationship ended, a school district investigation found. District officials concluded that Sims created an “intimidating and hostile work environment&rdquo...

Posted: 17 days ago

Boynton Beach High School Principal Guarn Sims carried on a six-month extramarital affair with a teacher at his school, then threatened her and sought to have her transferred once their relationship ended, a school district investigation found. District officials concluded that Sims created an “intimidating and hostile work environment&rdquo...
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...

Posted: 21 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 24 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 27 days ago

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...
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...

9:26 PM Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018

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...
LATEST: Three tropical storms churn in Atlantic; Florence could become hurricane ‘at any time’
 11 p.m. UPDATE: Three tropical storms continued churning across the Atlantic Ocean Saturday evening, with Tropical Storm Florence expected to strengthen into a hurricane early Sunday. At 11 p.m., Florence was about 790 miles southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 6 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 p.m...

10:49 PM Saturday, Sep. 08, 2018

11 p.m. UPDATE: Three tropical storms continued churning across the Atlantic Ocean Saturday evening, with Tropical Storm Florence expected to strengthen into a hurricane early Sunday. At 11 p.m., Florence was about 790 miles southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 6 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 p.m...
NEW: Man shot dead in Lake Park was father of 1-year-old boy
 UPDATE: Investigators have identified the victim of a deadly shooting in Lake Park on Friday evening. The man killed in the shooting at 10th Street and Greenbrier Court was 22-year-old Terrence Wilson Jr., sheriff’s officials said Saturday. The shooting happened near Alternate A1A and a few blocks north of Lake Park’s downtown...

9:31 PM Saturday, Sep. 08, 2018

UPDATE: Investigators have identified the victim of a deadly shooting in Lake Park on Friday evening. The man killed in the shooting at 10th Street and Greenbrier Court was 22-year-old Terrence Wilson Jr., sheriff’s officials said Saturday. The shooting happened near Alternate A1A and a few blocks north of Lake Park’s downtown...
BREAKING: Man found shot near Turnpike entrance near fairgrounds
 A man was shot Saturday afternoon in an industrial area near the entrance to Florida’s Turnpike along Southern Boulevard, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies found a man suffering from a gunshot wound after responding to a report of shots fired about 4 p.m. in the 7600 block of Hooper Road, near the intersection...

9:12 PM Saturday, Sep. 08, 2018

A man was shot Saturday afternoon in an industrial area near the entrance to Florida’s Turnpike along Southern Boulevard, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies found a man suffering from a gunshot wound after responding to a report of shots fired about 4 p.m. in the 7600 block of Hooper Road, near the intersection...