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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

State asked to fund SRO program

OKEECHOBEE — At its Aug. 1 meeting, the Okeechobee County School Board signed a resolution on school safety in regard to School Resource Officer (SRO) funding. The resolution calls on the governor of Florida and the state Legislature to fully fund all costs associated with assigning an SRO to every school in the state. State […]

Clewiston volleyball looks to rebuild in 2019

CLEWISTON — Clewiston High School varsity volleyball coach Jamie Redish wants the Lady Tiger volleyball program to take a step up in 2019, and both she and her players have been hard at work all summer to achieve that goal. “It’s clear the team struggled last year,” said Redish of the Lady Tigers team in […]

Review your child’s immunization records

CLEWISTON — School will be starting soon! Please take time to review your child’s health records, including their vaccination records so your child will be ready for school. “Vaccinations are a valuable public health resource; they are cost-effective and can help stop the spread of preventable diseases throughout the community,” said Joe Pepe, health officer […]

Sales tax holiday includes technology items

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association celebrating more than 80 years of supporting Florida’s retailers, is encouraging consumers and retailers to prepare for the upcoming Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. This popular annual “holiday” takes place Aug. 2 to 6. During this time, consumers will not have to pay sales […]

District may allow armed teachers

OKEECHOBEE — Results from a recent survey conducted by the Okeechobee County School District were discussed at the July 24 Okeechobee County School Board meeting. The school district was seeking opinions from parents, students and staff on expanding the guardian program to include teachers in classrooms. Currently only non-instructional staff can opt to join the […]