Superintendent's Newsletter

May 2022

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An end and a beginning

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us."

This time of the year, I think this is a very appropriate quote.

For members of the Class of 2022, your future holds college, technical school, the military, or a workforce ready to receive your gifts and talents.

I am excited for Graduation Day on May 28th. For educators, there is nothing better than to look out across that sea of graduation caps, and then watch as students turn tassel from right to left. Hearing the shouts of joy from parents and family that follows that moment is truly special. I congratulate all of you in this year's graduating class.

When that last bell rings on May 26th, think of that as signaling the start of your next chapter. Use what you learned this year to catapult yourself to new academic heights in August. Of course, no one would fault you for taking a little time for yourself this summer. We're fortunate to have beautiful beaches and trails in our backyard. Unplug for a while and use this time to recharge your batteries.

I know many of our teachers and staff use the summer months for personal development opportunities. This has been a challenging time for all of us and we can all use a little "me" time during these next few months.

So, enjoy the summer. And know that as one school year comes to a close, we are working to ensure the next school year brings everyone success.

Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting

Join me Wednesday evening, May 18th for our next Superintendent's Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting. We'll meet in the Indian Trails Middle School media center. This group of parents and community members has joined me throughout this year in insightful conversation. For this last meeting of the school year, we'll discuss the upcoming 1/2 cent sales tax continuation referendum, and where that funding has gone over the last two decades.

Early Release

Speaking of the last day of school, I hope you've had the chance to look at our Early Release Schedule. We have the opportunity to release students early on May 26th. Our Food Service and Transportation teams are ready for the adjusted schedule. Both middle schools will release students at 11:10 am. High School students will be released at 11:45 am. Students at Wadsworth Elementary will be dismissed at 12:55 pm, while Bunnell and Belle Terre Elementary students will have dismissal at 1:00 pm. Finally, Old Kings and Rymfire Elementary students will be released at 1:10 pm. For our students in our extended day programs, we will still have that available.

Free Sports Health Physicals and ECG Screenings

A reminder for our scholar-athletes. We want to thank Advent Health for their continued support of Flagler Schools. They are offering free sports physicals and ECG screenings to our middle and high schoolers. The first will be held at Matanzas High School on May 24th from 5-9 pm and the second will be at Flagler-Palm Coast High School on May 26th from 5-9 pm. Both screenings are open only to Flagler Schools students going into the 6th - 12th grade, no matter which school they attend. A very important note, though: Registration is required. Go to to register. The athletic trainers at the schools have additional information.

Flagler County Education Foundation

We want to welcome Teresa Rizzo as the next Executive Director of the Flagler County Education Foundation. She, of course, follows her late husband, Joe who transformed the FCEF into a powerful asset for our students and teachers alike. She has a long history with Flagler Schools and mom to two great FPC graduates. I look forward to seeing where Teresa takes the organization in the future. If you'd like to learn more about her or the Flagler County Education Foundation, you can find it at