“We treat kids and teachers like shit…”

“I am sorry to say you have not only lost my support but my confidence in leading our district.”

These are the texts made by Flagler School Board Member Colleen Conklin to Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt. Read the texts below, originally released by local blog website FlaglerLive.

The texts show digital tirads by Conklin, the longest-serving Flagler School Board Member. Originally elected in 2000, Conklin has been on the Flagler School Board for 23 years.

The texts are the latest example of turmoil at Flagler Schools and the Flagler School Board, which is adjusting after all incumbents lost their elections last year. Declining reading and other local student performance metrics have been of great concern to the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce. The business community inherits the result of our local education system (as future employees).

The Flagler School Board, with three newly-elected members (a majority of the five-person elected body), has been considering whether or not to extend the contract of Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt. Despite the texts below, Conklin has voiced support for retaining the Superintendent. More is forthcoming this week, as the Flagler School Board is set to meet on Tuesday, March 28, 2023.

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