Thursday July 28, 2022

PAHOKEE AND GLADE COUNTY COMMISSIONER MEETING

The Muck Tavern, being developed by several NFL players from the Glades, could open next month at the Pahokee marina. 

Pahokee city manager Rodney Lucas provided this update to city fathers. 

“We are hoping to get the restaurant ready by the end of the month and opened in mid August.  We have the air conditioning working, some floor work is scheduled, and some other work ongoing.”  

He said they have been busy making repairs at the marina. 

They are also looking at ways to improve mowing services. 

A 19 percent increase in taxable values for Glades County this year. 

At the current tax rate that would bring in an additional $903,000 in ad valorem revenues. 

County Commissioner John Ahern supports lowering the tax rate under 9 mills. 

“I would like to do more.  We need to keep some money in reserve for things coming down the road.  We can’t go to the roll back rate.” 

He suggests using some of the new revenue to beef up fire services. 

Commissioner Chairman Tim Stanley said they don’t plan to hire any new firemen this year despite a new station being built north of LaBelle. 

The county is also considering an 8.5 percent pay hike for employees. 

Manager Marcos Montes De Oca doesn’t expect new revenue from homes in the Buckhead Ridge housing development to come for two to three years. 

Commissioner Donna Storter Long said she supported a pay raise for employees. 

“I’m glad that we are conservative in our spending but we have to keep our people.” 

CLEWISTION PRINICIPAL FACING DISAPLINE AFTER PADDLING INCIDENT

 A Clewiston principal’s educational certificate could be suspended after she was caught on video paddling a student.

Video footage captured Melissa Carter paddling an elementary school student. The incident happened in May 2021 at Central Elementary School.

A Florida judge determined Carter violated state statues. Corporal punishment is also banned in Hendry County.

As a result, the judge recommended that Carter’s educator certificate be suspended for 3 months, which wiould be served in a period when school is not in session.

She would also be handed a 2-year probation and has to take anger management counseling if the Department of Education approves the motion.

WAFC will bring you more on this story when it comes available.

UPWARD BOUND TRIO COMING TO PAHOKEE AND GLADES CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel has announced $3 million in grant funding awarded to Palm Beach State College by the U.S. Department of Education to expand the Upward Bound TRIO college readiness program.

A portion of the funds will enable PBSC to launch an Upward Bound TRIO program in the Glades to serve Pahokee and Glades Central high schools. This will mark the first Upward Bound TRIO program for high school students in those western communities.

Upward Bound is one of the eight U.S. Department of Education-funded TRIO programs, including seven designed to help individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds get on the path to higher education and finish. They are collectively known as TRIO.

Upward Bound participants receive tutoring and academic and career counseling, and they participate in social, cultural and educational activities, including field trips and college tours.

Students enter the program in the 9th or 10th grade and continue until high school graduation. Upward Bound staff is charged with tracking the success of students for six years after high school graduation.

Syla Alcin, Upward Bound program director, said in the 2020-2021 year, 100% of the seniors served achieved proficient level on state assessments in reading/language arts and math.

More than 90% of participants continued in school for the next academic year or graduated with a high school diploma, and 52% enrolled in a program of postsecondary education attained an associate or bachelor’s degree within six years following high school graduation.