Andrew Marra covers education for The Palm Beach Post. He started at The Post in 2001 and has covered public schools and the criminal justice system and has worked as an editorial writer. A graduate of Palm Beach County’s public school system, he attended Palm Beach Gardens Elementary, Howell L. ...
Palm Beach County’s public schools operated dozens of buses with disconnected child-safety alarms last year but claimed that the alarms were working, leaving student passengers without a key safeguard against being abandoned on board, a newly released school board audit shows. An inspection of 89 buses in May found that more than half had child-safety alarms that didn’t work, the school board’s inspector general found. More than a third had alarms that had been manually disconnected.
Two high school treasurers. Two theft allegations. Two very different outcomes. In August 2015, police accused Cathleen Spring, the former treasurer of Bak Middle School of the Arts, of stealing $66,000 from her school. But after mulling the case for a year, prosecutors declined to press charges. She resigned and walked away a free woman. Less than a year later, police accused Terri Miller, the former treasurer of Palm Beach Gardens High School, of stealing $7,200 from her school.
In Ms. Hinson’s fifth-grade classroom Monday, the students passed around the three-tiered serving tray. They checked to ensure their forks and knives were properly situated. They clanged the sides of their glasses to announce toasts, and to welcome their VIP guests. “Hear! Hear!” the students and adults said together.