|Board member, Flagler County School Board, District 1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||August 26, 2014|
|Next general||August 2018|
|High school||Flagler Palm Coast High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Florida|
|Profession||Owner, Andrew S. Dance and Associates, LLC.|
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.
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|
|Nonpartisan||Andy Dance Incumbent||60.1%||7,426|
|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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
About the district
- See also: Flagler County Public Schools, Florida
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.
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.
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- Flagler County Public Schools, "Andy Dance," accessed August 26, 2014
- Flagler County Supervisor of Elections, "Reporting group (Election/Committees) : 2013-2014 Candidates (1/1/2013)," accessed October 28, 2014
- The Daytona Beach News-Journal, "Volusia, Flagler schools comply with class-size rules," October 17, 2014
- Florida Department of Education, "Exceptional Student Education (ESE)," accessed October 28, 2014
- Palm Coast Observer, "School district on inclusion classes: We’re listening," October 22, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Flagler County, Florida," accessed July 8, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed July 7, 2014
- Flagler County Elections, "Home," accessed July 8, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Flagler County Public Schools Elections|
|Flagler County, Florida|
|Election date:||August 26, 2014|
|Candidates:||District 1: • Maria Barbosa • Andy Dance|
District 4: • Michael McElroy • Trevor Tucker
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|