Central Elementary roof repair woes will stretch into 2020

OKEECHOBEE — The repair work to the roof at Central Elementary was originally scheduled to be completed before the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. After a series of setbacks experienced by roofing contractor Property Renovation & Construction, Okeechobee County School District Director of Operations Brian Barret expressed hope the project would be competed by […]

Palm Beach School District sues e-cig maker

WEST PALM BEACH — With over three dozen deaths now reported nationwide from lung injuries caused by vaping, the Palm Beach County School District has recently become one of several suing JUUL, an e-cigarette maker. The district filed suit Nov. 22 in the U.S. Circuit Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami, seeking reimbursement […]

Everglades Elementary presents Leaders of the Week

OKEECHOBEE — Everglades Elementary School would like to congratulate its Leaders of the week for the week of Dec. 2. They are: Camileigh Osterhoudt, Yaslyn Espinosa Ibarra, Aubrey Schiel, Gloryann Lee, Paula Nolasco, Storm Cannon, Tucker Vuleta, Mark Daniel Uy, Samantha Segura Gomez, Ki’aire Anderson, Liliana Molloy, Madison Hicks, Melany Aguillon-Ramirez, Mason Fonseca, Rodrigo Ruiz, […]

School board won’t consider half-cent sales tax

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County School Board briefly considered holding a workshop on a new half-cent sales tax, but the motion to hold the workshop died after it failed to find a second. Board member Melisa Jahner brought up the half-cent sales tax near the end of the board’s meeting on Nov. 12. “I’d like […]

Discipline program builds empathy

OKEECHOBEE — Educators at Yearling Middle School are using restorative practices for students who violate school rules. Restorative practices are focused on strengthening relationships between individuals as well as social connections within communities. Instead of only experiencing the punishment that comes from breaking a rule, students are also given the opportunity to talk in a […]

Harlem Renaissance art contest winners announced

BELLE GLADE — Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Mu Rho Omega Chapter honored multiple students on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Banyan Tree Restaurant as winners and contestants of their “Tribute to the Harlem Renaissance” Art Contest. The Arts is Target IV of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s International programs. Chapters are called to champion activities that […]

Amanda Riedel selected as school board’s leader

OKEECHOBEE — At their Nov. 12 meeting, the Okeechobee County School Board reorganized, electing a new chairman and vice chairman. Amanda Riedel was nominated as chairman by Joe Arnold with a second from Jill Holcomb. Melisa Jahner was nominated as vice chairman, also by Mr. Arnold, with a second from Malissa Morgan. All board members […]

Governor proposes pay hike for new teachers

Will Florida increase the starting pay for teachers? On Oct. 7, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his proposal to increase the minimum salary for teachers across the state. The governor’s proposed 2020 budget recommendation will include a pay raise for more than 101,000 teachers in Florida by raising the minimum salary to $47,500. According to […]

Topics put ‘On the Table’ alike across SW Florida

CLEWISTON — The “On the Table” community roundtable discussions as conducted in many other places came to Southwest Florida this autumn, sponsored by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the FutureMakers Coalition and attended by a wide spectrum of community partners on Thursday, Oct. 17. In Hendry County, one gathering was at the Clewiston Adult […]

Okeechobee County awarded gold by Florida Healthy Kids

OKEECHOBEE — In collaboration with the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, and as members of the Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools, the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation officially announced Okeechobee County as a gold level award recipient. This two-year award is granted to school districts that meet self-assessment tool requirements based on sustainable infrastructure, policy, […]