Andy Dance

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Andy Dance
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Board member, Flagler County School Board, District 1
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 26, 2014
Next generalAugust 2018
Term limitsN/A
High schoolFlagler Palm Coast High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida
ProfessionOwner, Andrew S. Dance and Associates, LLC.
Office website

Andy Dance currently represents District 1 on the Flagler County School Board in Florida. He defeated Maria Barbosa in the general election on August 26, 2014.


Dance has his bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Florida. He owns a consulting firm, Andrew S. Dance and Associates, LLC., that specializes in landscape architecture. He and his wife, Luci, have three children.[1]



See also: Flagler County Public Schools elections (2014)


The August 26, 2014, general election in Flagler County featured three seats up for election. District 1 incumbent Andy Dance faced a challenge from newcomer Maria Barbosa. The District 2 election featured incumbent John Fischer and challengers Toni Baker, Lynnette Callender and Janet McDonald. Trevor Tucker sought re-election to the District 4 seat against challenger Michael McElroy.

The general election determined if candidates for each seat could garner a majority of the vote total. Because no candidate in District 2 received 50 percent plus one of the vote in the general election, the top two vote recipients advanced to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.


Flagler County Public Schools, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Dance Incumbent 60.1% 7,426
     Nonpartisan Maria Barbosa 39.9% 4,929
Total Votes 12,355
Source: Flagler County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Official Results," August 28, 2014


Dance reported $4,730.00 in monetary contributions, $1,194.68 in-kind contributions and $4,589.42 in expenditures, which left his campaign with $140.58 on hand.[2]


Dance did not receive an endorsement in this election.

What was at stake?

With three incumbents all facing challengers in the general election, 2014 could have seen a slate of new faces join the board. However, only one incumbent failed to secure re-election in general election on August 26, 2014. Andy Dance and Trevor Tucker retained their seats in Districts 1 and 4, respectively, while District 2 incumbent John Fischer proceeded to a runoff election on November 4, 2014, against Janet McDonald.

Issues in the district

Class size compliance

County school officials stated in October 2014 that they had complied with state requirements for class sizes. These class size requirements were first created by an initiated constitutional amendment which was approved by voters in 2002. Voters upheld the intent of the original amendment in 2010 when they defeated Amendment 8, which would have changed the language from a maximum class size to a school-wide average class size. The deadline for compliance in the 2014-2015 school year was October 17, 2014. The class size limits are as follows for core academic classes: 18 in kindergarten through third grade, 22 in fourth through eighth grade and 25 in high school grades. Over enrollment in just one class would prevent a district from having complied with the law. If the district had failed to do meet these limits, it would have been subject to financial penalties. This marked the second consecutive year that the district complied with the class size limits. In 2012, however, the district paid a penalty of $14,938 due to failure to meet the requirements.[3]

ESE full inclusion

The school district began an attempt to fully incorporate its "exceptional student education" (ESE) into the general education classroom in 2014-2015 school year. As of October 2014, multiple complaints about the project had been voiced. According to the Florida Department of Education, ESE is part of providing education programs for students who have disabilities and students who are gifted.[4] One major complaint against the inclusion of ESE students into the general education classroom has been their ability to test at the grade level required in the class. Students are tested quarterly with "standard, grade-level assessments that affect their term grades," but ESE students are not always at the grade level of their general education classroom peers. Parents have voiced concerns over the effect the inclusion project is having on their autistic children.[5]

Board member Colleen Conklin stated at an October 21, 2014, board meeting that teachers had told her they had not received proper training to incorporate the ESE students into their classrooms. She challenged the district's ESE specialist Tracy Umpenhour to explain how that happened. Umpenhour stated that while training had been provided, it focused on ESE teachers instead of general education teachers.[5]

About the district

See also: Flagler County Public Schools, Florida
Flagler County Public Schools is located in Flagler County, Florida
Flagler County Public Schools is based in Bunnell, the county seat of Flagler County, Florida. Flagler County is home to 99,956 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[6] Flagler County Public Schools is the 34th-largest school district in Florida, serving 13,007 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[7]


Flagler County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.5 percent of Flagler County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Florida as a whole. The median household income in Flagler County was $48,134 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Flagler County was 14.4 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2013[6]
Race Flagler County (%) Florida (%)
White 83.9 78.1
Black or African American 11.4 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 2.3 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 9.4 23.6

Party registration, 2014[8]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 25,742
Democratic 24,013
Unaffiliated 18,877
Other 2,010
Total 70,642

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[9]

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