Messages From Superintendent

October 1, 2021

While we had the "official" start of fall a couple of weeks ago, when the calendar turns to October, it truly hits that we're in a new season here in Florida.

Speaking of "new," my communication has undergone a transformation. Communication is one of the key tenets of our proposed Strategic Plan and, as a district, we pledge to do a better job of communicating to our employees, students, and families.

Since the start of the school year, we have published weekly updates. As we did last year, we will now move to a monthly communication. That will allow me to give you more meaningful information beyond what is shared on a regular basis from our campuses.

Late this week I had the honor of visiting some of our campuses and witnessing our teachers receive grants for classroom or program projects. This funding is vital and we could not do it without the support of the Flagler County Education Foundation (FECF) and their Teacher Grant partner, Beaver Toyota. In all, 50 grants will be awarded for a total of $66,614.64. The money comes from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations and Beaver Toyota is a private match towards those funds. This is just a small portion of the role our local Education Foundation plays and their work cannot happen without support from our local community.

I hope you were able to tune in to our School Board workshop last week, where we unveiled our new proposal for rezoning. We have also updated the rezoning section of our website, which you can find here.

We will hold two more listening sessions for the public on this latest proposal. They will be Wednesday, October 6th at Indian Trails Middle School and Thursday, October 7th at Buddy Taylor Middle School. Both meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeterias.

Principal CritcherIn case you didn't hear the news, Old Kings Elementary School has a new principal. Nicole Critcher comes to OKES from Matanzas High School, where she served as an assistant principal for three years. Nicole has been with Flagler Schools for 20 years, first as a teacher at Rymfire Elementary and Indian Trails K8, then as an instructional coach at OKES before spending a year in the district office as a member of the Teaching and Learning team. We appreciate Ms. Crooke’s leadership for the past several years and are excited to see Mrs. Critcher continue the greatness.

Custodial StaffSaturday, October 2nd is officially National Custodial Worker's Recognition Day, but Flagler Schools is using today, October 1st to recognize our custodial teams. I had the opportunity to personally thank the team at Buddy Taylor Middle School and Wadsworth Elementary School. I know that our schools also took time to show their appreciation. I thank you all for the superior work you put in each and every day. Our campuses and facilities are in great shape because of your dedication to your job. Thank you!

Working Together,

Cathy Mittelstadt

Superintendent, Flagler Schools
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