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

PBC principal shuffle: 13 schools get principals, more to come
 When the first bell rings in August, students won’t be the only ones new to some campuses. Thirteen Palm Beach County public schools have been assigned a new principal and four more schools await appointments to fill that vacant top spot as of Friday.  While the principals may be new to a school, they aren’t all &ldquo...

Posted: 16 hours ago

When the first bell rings in August, students won’t be the only ones new to some campuses. Thirteen Palm Beach County public schools have been assigned a new principal and four more schools await appointments to fill that vacant top spot as of Friday.  While the principals may be new to a school, they aren’t all &ldquo...
Ex-schools police chief keeps high pay to patrol elementary school
 Former School District Police Chief Lawrence Leon will stay on the job as a captain in the department, patrolling the halls of a north county elementary school at the same base salary he earned in the top job: $137,732. The move makes him the second highest paid cop in the department, ranking behind only his replacement, Chief Frank...

Posted: 7 days ago

Former School District Police Chief Lawrence Leon will stay on the job as a captain in the department, patrolling the halls of a north county elementary school at the same base salary he earned in the top job: $137,732. The move makes him the second highest paid cop in the department, ranking behind only his replacement, Chief Frank...
Will 5 percent raise lure more cops to schools beat, stem exits?
 At a time when the Palm Beach County School District seeks to hire 75 additional officers to patrol its schools and is facing criticism that it doesn’t pay its police force enough, district leaders and police union negotiators have struck a deal that would give school officers a 5 percent raise. Under the agreement, the raise would...

Posted: 8 days ago

At a time when the Palm Beach County School District seeks to hire 75 additional officers to patrol its schools and is facing criticism that it doesn’t pay its police force enough, district leaders and police union negotiators have struck a deal that would give school officers a 5 percent raise. Under the agreement, the raise would...
State to school leaders: Where’s the crowd? 3 new schools not needed
 State inaction has thrown the brakes on plans to build three new schools intended to relieve widespread crowding from Palm Beach County’s mid-section south. That doesn’t mean the plans for one high school, one middle school and one elementary school will be scrapped – yet. But Superintendent Donald Fennoy complained at the...

Posted: 13 days ago

State inaction has thrown the brakes on plans to build three new schools intended to relieve widespread crowding from Palm Beach County’s mid-section south. That doesn’t mean the plans for one high school, one middle school and one elementary school will be scrapped – yet. But Superintendent Donald Fennoy complained at the...
Some school cops actually live on campus, but not much longer for one
 School Police Officer Alex Lopez has stopped burglars, vandals and graffiti artists from mischief at Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary near Palm Beach Gardens — not because he walks its halls by day, but because he lives in a 2,000-square-foot mobile home on the school’s property at night, on weekends, through the summer, year-round...

Posted: 17 days ago

School Police Officer Alex Lopez has stopped burglars, vandals and graffiti artists from mischief at Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary near Palm Beach Gardens — not because he walks its halls by day, but because he lives in a 2,000-square-foot mobile home on the school’s property at night, on weekends, through the summer, year-round...
Palm Beach Post snags six features awards, among nation’s best
 The Palm Beach Post’s staff knows how to pull a heart string and tell a tale so well that the paper earned a place among the best in the country, winning six awards for its reporting and storytelling in the annual Society For Features Journalism contest. The awards, including two first- and four third-place finishes, landed The Post...

Posted: 21 days ago

The Palm Beach Post’s staff knows how to pull a heart string and tell a tale so well that the paper earned a place among the best in the country, winning six awards for its reporting and storytelling in the annual Society For Features Journalism contest. The awards, including two first- and four third-place finishes, landed The Post...
Rob Hiaasen, former Palm Beach Post reporter, remembered
 Rob Hiaasen, a journalist who launched his career from The Palm Beach Post in the 1990s, left his mark at the paper and for decades to come, not as a journalistic wrecking ball but as someone who could attend the details of the tragic and funny and convey them with honesty and compassion.   As newsrooms across the country mourn...

Posted: 21 days ago

Rob Hiaasen, a journalist who launched his career from The Palm Beach Post in the 1990s, left his mark at the paper and for decades to come, not as a journalistic wrecking ball but as someone who could attend the details of the tragic and funny and convey them with honesty and compassion.   As newsrooms across the country mourn...
10 schools closed for renovations; where to register instead
 Registering your child for the next school year is typically as simple as filling out forms at the school he or she will attend. But this summer, 10 campuses across Palm Beach County are closed while undergoing major renovations. Parents seeking to register students will have to head to alternative enrollment sites. The renovation work is...

Posted: 24 days ago

Registering your child for the next school year is typically as simple as filling out forms at the school he or she will attend. But this summer, 10 campuses across Palm Beach County are closed while undergoing major renovations. Parents seeking to register students will have to head to alternative enrollment sites. The renovation work is...
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: 28 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: 29 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...

1:07 AM Thursday, Jun. 21, 2018

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...