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 […]

Student-athletes honored during YMS Sports Awards

Yearling Middle School held its end-of-the-year Sports Awards Ceremony on May 21 in the YMS media center to recognize athletes on the soccer, volleyball, girls basketball and boys basketball teams during the 2017-18 school year. YMS athletic director Lori Bandi spoke shortly before the ceremony and thanked all the students and parents who participated and […]

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 […]

IRSC honored for excellence; named as one of top 10 finalists for Aspen prize

FORT PIERCE — Indian River State College (IRSC) was named on Tuesday, May 15, as a top-ten national finalist for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. This marks the third time IRSC has been selected as a top ten finalist. […]

Response to Jill Holcomb’s comments on teacher pay

My name is Lisa Harwas and I am the former president of O.C.E.A. However, I was president at the time of impasse. I feel compelled to respond to Jill Holcomb’s news article to correct some misinformation. The magistrate did side with the district to pay employees a bonus, but he made this decision based on […]

OMS Students of the Week

These final OMS Students of the Week for 2017-2018 pictured left to right are Carlos Brito, Maggie Glassburn, Juan Cortez, Ramiro Rodriguez, Kain Joles, Carlos de la Cruz and Mr. Downing! Thanks to all of our Students of the Week for brightening our school year! They really make us proud!

EES Students of the Week

Everglades Elementary School Students are achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of April 30 include: kg, Cayden Stefan, Airioni Alonso, Daneyla Valdez, Allison Fountain; first, Aliliauna Daniels, Allison Rodriguez, Joshlyn Garcia, Aarnavi Karki, second, Noah Harper, William Verez, Emma Quinton, Emily Schneider, Fortino Hernandez, Ramiro Sevilla; third, Trevor Mounts, Maria Perez, Silvia Salazar-Rendon, […]

Free app provides children with thousands of books; go online to to sign up

OKEECHOBEE — The focus of the day was on “one of life’s most important skills – reading,” explained Okeechobee County Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy at the Okeechobee County School District OkeeReads Early Learning Literacy Innovation Summit, held May 1 in the auditorium of the Okeechobee Freshman Campus. “Our teachers have been coming to us […]