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School district looking to hire more bus drivers again

  • 7:00 am Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by Jason Schultz

With steady turnover and a constant need for more drivers, the Palm Beach County School District is once again holding a job fair today, May 15, looking for potential new drivers for their big yellow buses.

The transportation services job fair will be today, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at 7061 Garden Road in Riviera Beach.

Attendees can apply for jobs available in the Transportation Department and get answers about the hiring process.

The district has held periodic job fairs for the last few years as it seeks to keep the drivers seats of more than 600 buses transporting students filled every day.

Those applying to [More]

School board to vote on renewing property tax, numerous contracts today

  • 7:00 am Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by Jason Schultz

The Palm Beach County School Board will vote on whether to ask voters to renew a property tax they say is crucial to the education schools are able to offer children as well as voting on a long list of contracts worth millions of dollars at their board meeting today.

The property tax of 25 cents for every $1,000 of taxable value was created years ago and renewed by voters once already in 2010. It raises about $33 million per year and pays for about 530 arts, music, drama, physical education and other elective teachers that the district cannot afford to [More]

Education Talkback: Making money for schools

  • 7:00 am Monday, May 12th, 2014 by Jason Schultz

This week’s Education Talkback questions focuses on a little banner some of you might have overlooked at the top of the Palm Beach County School District’s Web site last week.

The sporting goods giant Sports Authority has purchased an advertising banner on the top of the Web site $25 off on purchases of $75 or more at their grand re-opening sale. This is the first time commercial advertising has been seen on the front of the school district’s Web site.

School District Chief Strategic Communications Officer Natalia Arenas said district officials have been discussing the idea of selling web advertising space [More]

Students to fly flag in Royal Palm against car crash deaths this week

  • 7:00 am Sunday, May 11th, 2014 by Jason Schultz

Teens at Royal Palm Beach High School will raise a #GetThereSafe flag on Wednesday at the school as part of a nationwide safe driving program.

The program is sponsored by The Allstate Foundation’s teen-led program that raises awareness around the dangers of the three risky driving behaviors that frequently cause fatal teen crashes – speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and being distracted by other teen passengers in the car.

Crichanni Watson of Royal Palm Beach High School was present at the national kick off of the program in Los Angeles on April 28. The flag serves as a symbol of solidarity and [More]

School district still looking to convert non-teachers

  • 7:00 am Saturday, May 10th, 2014 by Jason Schultz

With turnover and retirements leaving hundreds of teacher openings in the Palm Beach County School District each year and a constant struggle to recruit enough teachers to some difficult to fill positions the district is once again trying to find a few good non-teachers and convince them to cross over into the classroom.

The I-Teach program is a special initiative offered by the district that seeks to support, train and retain mid-career professionals in other fields that are interested in bringing their experience to the classroom to teach as well as recent college graduates with non-education degrees that want to [More]

Okeeheelee Middle principal speaking out against testing next week

  • 7:00 am Friday, May 9th, 2014 by Jason Schultz

While the Palm Beach County School Board as a whole and thousands of Palm Beach County parents have made their stance against the over emphasis on standardized testing in Florida widely known, one individual Palm Beach County public school principal in Greenacres is stepping out to speak against testing next week.

Okeeheelee Middle School Principal David Samore is holding a press conference at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14 at his school’s library at 2200 Pinehurst Drive in Greenacres to talk about the impact of testing on students.

“Florida has taken mandated testing to 50% of the school year.  That is correct: [More]

School district budget forecast dire

  • 11:30 am Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by Jason Schultz

The Palm Beach County School District is broke next year with more than $100 million in expected deficits, district officials told the school board on Wednesday.

“To quote Ringo Starr ‘It don’t come easy’” Chief Operating Officer Mike Burke said as he reviewed next year’s estimated operating budget.

Budget Director Shirley Knox predicted at nearly $35 million deficit to the school district’s roughly $1.3 billion operating budget to run schools. Burke had already predicted a $75 million deficit in the school district’s capital improvement budget needed to perform basic maintenance of schools and fix life safety and disability access issues.

While the state [More]

School board worries Call to Action over state budget could backfire politically

  • 8:00 am Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by Jason Schultz

The Palm Beach County School District struck out on some of its top priorities in this year’s Legislative session and school board members are now worried that their last ditch effort to ask the public to fight for more education funding might backfire on them.

Last week the school board voted unanimously to issue a Call to Action, where the district sent e-mails and automated messages to parents and community groups asking them to call their state legislators and tell them to vote no on the state budget.

Board members were upset because the budget’s level of education funding to Palm Beach [More]

School district honors military-bound graduates tonight

  • 7:00 am Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by Jason Schultz

For the second year the Palm Beach County School District will honor its graduates that are heading for the Armed Services after high school.

The district will hold a ceremony tonight, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Boca Raton High School at 1501 NW 15th Court in Boca Raton to honor military-bound graduates.

Superintendent Wayne Gent, Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams, LTC (RET) Don Cake, and other area dignitaries will be at the ceremony for 124 enlisting graduates from around the county and their families.

Command Sergeant Major (RET) Michele S. Jones will speak about the importance of family support as the new enlistees prepare [More]

PBC School Board has packed agenda today

  • 7:00 am Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by Jason Schultz

Palm Beach County School Board members have several major issues to vote on and discuss at today’s school board meeting ranging from how to handle a complaint against their Inspector General to whether to spend millions of dollars on new air conditioners for William T. Dwyer High School and for storing student data.

The board is slated to discuss an investigation report from a private attorney hired by the district after secretary Marlene Verbiest filed a complaint against Inspector General Lung Chiu alleging that he retaliated against her by asking that she be transferred after she complained about her working hours [More]

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