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 […]

School board delays decision on changing school start times

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County School Board has decided to delay a decision on whether or not to change school start times in the district. The topic was on the agenda at a workshop held on June 19. The school board will take up the issue of school start times again at their January 2019 […]

Toni Wiersma, Brendan Pritchard retire from Okeechobee school district

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County School Board recognized employees who retired after the 2017-2018 school year at their monthly meeting on June 12. One of the employees retiring this year was director of student services Toni Wiersma, who spent 37 years working for the Okeechobee County School District. Mrs. Wiersma began as a seventh and […]

CES Students of the week

Central Elementary School would like to congratulate the students of the week for the week of May 21. They are: Cesar Alonso, Sebastian Carillo, Josias Ortiz, Yulissa Yanez, David Trejo, Jose Aranda, Osieel Campos, Ben Kay, Andreas Wright, Shyder Gutierrez, Jacon Ayala, Cody Clanton, Gabriel Negron, Jasmyne Saucedo, Arturo Ramos, Yazmin Antonio, Alejandro Garcia, Melanie […]

CES Students of the Week

Central Elementary School students of the week for the week of May 14. They are: Ryan Torres, Alissa Allen, Josias Ortiz, Gary Scherrer III, Brayden Yates, Mason Cruz, Jose Aranda, Logan Hair, Raiden Bishop, Harlee Arnold, Camarion Kelly, Jadir Duran, Emily Campos, Jose Lara, Deisy Serrano, Deonna Orr, Dazmin Urbina, Isaiah Reyes, Qwtaysha Dingle, Jose […]

Schools offer summer meals for children

OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee County School District will sponsor free meals at numerous summer “BreakSpots” during May, June, July and August. Breakfast and/or lunch will be provided to all children 18 or younger at the following sites: • Seminole Elementary School, 2690 N.W. 42nd Ave., will serve breakfast from 7:30 until 8:30 a.m. and lunch from […]

Placement tests show Okeechobee High School students score higher than state average

OKEECHOBEE — According to a report released by the Florida Department of Education, graduates at Okeechobee High School outscored the average of students enrolling in community colleges across the state on common placement tests. The report shows 83.6 percent of Okeechobee students scored at or above the cutoff score for the writing placement test while […]