Jahner ‘honored’ to be elected to school board

OKEECHOBEE — After being elected to the Okeechobee County School Board by Okeechobee voters on Aug. 28, Melisa Jahner said she appreciates the community for putting their trust in her. “I would like to say thank you to my community for having confidence in me and I am very honored to be their school board […]

School board plans to define medical marijuana policy

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County School Board is planning to define it’s medical marijuana policy and vote to approve it in one of their upcoming monthly meetings. The Florida legislature is requiring each school district in the state to adopt a policy and procedure for allowing a student who is a qualified patient to have […]

Non-profit gives away school supplies to every student in Everglades Elementary

OKEECHOBEE — Eleven years ago Candi Nelson first noticed there were many students in Okeechobee who, through no fault of their own, didn’t have access to the school supplies they needed to start the new school year. In July of 2007 Mrs. Nelson gathered a few volunteers and started collecting school supplies and backpacks. She […]

CES students of the Week

Central Elementary School would like to congradualte the students of the week for the week of Aug. 13. They are: Amelia Beyel, Aizlee Delacruz, Jayleen Garcia, Trent Green, Stella Litrell, Harlee Arnold, Shyann Yates, Taylor Pendrey, Layla Medina, Natalie Bustos, Christian Pineda.

2018 Brahman varsity football schedule

OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee Brahmans varsity football team will open their new season against Jupiter at Okeechobee High School on Aug. 17 at 7:00 p.m. in their preseason kick-off classic. The Brahmans will be taking the field under the leadership of new head coach Ty Smith who took over after longtime coach Chris Branham left […]

OCSO issues safety tips for back-to-school time

OKEECHOBEE – The 2018-19 academic year is about to begin in Okeechobee County, and public school students begin attendance on Monday, Aug. 13, along with many private schools starting on or about the same time. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office would like to urge motorists, parents/guardians and children to follow the listed safety tips: • […]

Teacher pay, bullying take front stage at political forum

OKEECHOBEE — School Board District 3 incumbent Dixie Ball and challenger Melisa Jahner answered questions from the public and made the case for why they’re best suited to sit on the school board at the Okeechobee Political Forum held on Aug. 6 at the Osceola Middle School gymnasium. Both candidates have extensive history and experience […]

Prescott is Florida Teacher of the Year

OKEECHOBEE – Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School (PECS) fourth grade math teacher and former Okeechobee Brahman Joy Prescott was named the 2019 Florida Teacher of the Year at Florida Department of Education (FDOE) awards gala held in Orlando on July 13. Mrs. Prescott was awarded $20,000 from the FDOE and will now spend the next year […]

School bathroom policy not changing says Kenworthy

OKEECHOBEE — In response to backlash on social media to the Okeechobee County School Board adding gender identity to their non-discrimination and prohibition of harassment policies, Okeechobee superintendent of schools Ken Kenworthy says concerns on how the new policies will affect the school districts bathroom rules are misplaced. “Our bathroom policy is not changing,” explained […]

School board updates non-discrimination policy to include gender identity

OKEECHOBEE — In a move designed to make the Okeechobee public schools more inclusive, the Okeechobee County School Board voted to expand its non-discrimination policy to include gender identity at its regular meeting July 10. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy says that the first step in making sure everyone, regardless of orientation or identity, has […]