Half-cent sales tax could pay for School Resource Officers

OKEECHOBEE – A half-cent sales tax could be an option to pay for School Resource Officers in Okeechobee County Schools. The county’s growing property tax base does not mean more funding for Okeechobee County Schools. At the Aug. 13 Okeechobee County Budget Workshop, Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy said the state tries to provide equitable […]

Cheerleaders excel at camp

BELLE GLADE — Varsity cheerleaders from Glades Day School finished UCA camp with three All Americans: Hana Lohmann, Arielle Harvey and Chloe Wilson! The team had a superior ranking and was invited to the Orange Bowl for the second consecutive year!

Back to School Bash equips hundreds of kids for learning

MOORE HAVEN — Florida Community Health Centers (FCHC) and the United Way partnered up with dozens of community supporters to host the annual Moore Haven Back to School Bash. It took place from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Doyle Conner Building, 900 U.S. 27, Moore Haven. Clinic Administrative Director Traci Thomas […]

PBSO and U.S. Sugar team up to supply backpacks

WEST PALM BEACH — To ease parents’ costs for this school year, The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Sugar, Gunster and Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) donated $110,000 worth of backpacks filled with school supplies for students in Title 1 elementary schools in Belle Glade, Pahokee, South Bay and Canal Point. In addition, […]

School board approves teacher exchange program

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County School Board approved an agreement with TPG Cultural Exchange LLC to bring teachers from India, Jamaica, the Philippines, Spain and other places to Okeechobee. Teachers will be brought into the country on a J-1 visa and given a three-year contract with the school district. Under the J-1 visa requirements, all […]

Back to School Expo helps hundreds of kids

OKEECHOBEE — Back to School is in full swing. New teacher orientation and the fifth annual Back to School Expo at Okeechobee High School were one for the books or, rather, book bags. First, Our Village provided the new teachers in the Okeechobee County School District with nearly 80 “swag bags” to include much needed […]

Raulerson ER educates STEM students

OKEECHOBEE — Seminole Elementary School students with an interests in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects visited Raulerson Hospital to learn about medical careers involving STEM subjects. The tour of Raulerson Hospital was the perfect way for the 24 Olympiad students to end a year’s worth of learning, experiments and even competing against other […]

Glades schools mark milestone: No grades below C

PALM BEACH COUNTY — For the first time in 20 years, none of the schools in the Glades region received a school grade rating of ‘D’ or ‘F.’ Regional Superintendent Angela Moore attributes the success to the hard work of the area’s stakeholders (administrators, teachers, students, support team, staff, parents, etc.). “To be able to […]

School District earns ‘A’ rating two years in a row

WEST PALM BEACH — For the second consecutive year, the School District of Palm Beach County has earned an A-rating. The school district is one of only three large urban districts in Florida to earn an A for the 2018-2019 school year. According to preliminary school grades released July 11 by the Florida Department of […]

Okeechobee educators stay busy during school break

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Education Association (OCEA) stayed busy during the summer break this year. Back on June 1, members of the OCEA, including Florida Education Association’s Frank Peterman III, and a handful of volunteers held a First Books event in downtown Okeechobee. Over 9,500 books were given away for free to the nearly […]