Superintendent's Newsletter

November 2021

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A Season of Thanks

I write this as Flagler Schools begins our "holiday season." Our Thanksgiving Break is November 22-26 and our Winter Break is three weeks later. It's only natural to take a moment to look back at what we have accomplished during this first half of the school year. As a school district, we continue to be challenged by staffing shortages in practically every area of operations. We recently negotiated with the Flagler Educational Support Professional Association (FESPA) to increase the pay of our bus drivers, paraprofessionals, and other support personnel in an effort to attract potential employees to our most critical needs. We are also holding a Career Fair tomorrow, November 20th at the Government Services Building (please see the flyer below). Everyone, from the district office all the way to our school sites is doing all we can to ensure our students get the best educational opportunities we can give them.

Fall Career Fair

Saturday, Nov. 20th, 9am-12pm

1769 East Moody Boulevard

Bunnell, FL

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Teacher of the Year Finalists

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year Finalists! These educators were nominated and chosen by their peers. I look forward to celebrating all of you at our Teacher and Employee of the Year Gala in January. The theme to this year's gala is appropriate: A Year of Heroes.


Our Teachers of the Year are:


Bunnell Elementary - Svetlana Panameno

Belle Terre Elementary - Natalie Muldoon

Old Kings Elementary - Caitlin Hall

Rymfire Elementary - Robert Cerasi

Wadsworth Elementary - Susan Bryant

Buddy Taylor Middle - Katie Acosta

Indian Trails Middle - Beth Blumengarten

Flagler-Palm Coast High - Jim Gambone

Matanzas High - Nancy Snell

iFlagler - Cami Brocksmith

Flagler Technical College - Dawn Lord


Next month, I'll share our Employees of the Year!

Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year

I want to congratulate Cara Cronk, principal at Buddy Taylor Middle School, and Amy Neuenfeldt, assistant principal at Indian Trails Middle School for being named the Flagler School Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year. Both will now represent Flagler Schools for statewide honors. Cara and Amy have been exemplary educators at every step in their careers. I can't help but look back on this past year and how the two of them helped to keep teachers, faculty, staff, and students involved. Again, congratulations Cara and Amy. You are great representatives of Flagler Schools!

Rezoning

We are quickly approaching the formal adoption of our first round of rezoning. Mr. Marquez Jackson, Student Services Director for Flagler Schools updated our School Board on November 16th on plans for school choice, open enrollment, and grandfathering. I encourage you to watch that video, via the link provided on our School Rezoning section of our website. If you have any additional questions, feel free to use the Let's Talk! app.

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Trust and Respect for All

One of the Guiding Principles for Flagler Schools is "Trust and Respect for All." I want to say to everyone in our community, I appreciate the public discourse we have been experiencing. I do want to stress to everyone though, everything this district does is for the greater good of our students. We do have rules for public debate and ask that everyone show decorum when we gather to discuss the business of Flagler Schools. As one public speaker recently said, "I have relatives who come from another country who could never speak publically like we are allowed to in this country." Let's respect and honor that right.