Past stories on the school district investigation
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Board: Porter must provide answers

Key West Citizen - Thursday, November 26, 2015

Monroe County School District Superintendent Mark Porter has come under fire this week from school board officials who say they want answers regarding the $20,000 that has allegedly gone missing from...

Daycare program can't account for $20K

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A new daycare program at Horace O'Bryant School cannot account for about $20,000 due to an employee's failure to follow procedures, school district officials said Monday. "We will be contacting the...

Court upholds teachers' 2010 firing

Key West Citizen - Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The decision to fire two former Key West High School cosmetology teachers in 2010 was upheld recently in the Third District Court of Appeal. David and Marissa Gootee were fired after Monroe County...

Judge: Finance director voluntarily retired

Key West Citizen - Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Monroe County School Board did not force its finance director to retire in 2009 amid the embezzlement scandal that ended in criminal convictions for then-Superintendent Randy Acevedo and his...

Trial date set in Acevedo whistleblower case

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Former Monroe County schools finance director Kathy Reitzel will soon get her day in court.  Reitzel alleges in the 66-page civil complaint filed on Feb. 26, 2010 that the school district unlawfully fired her on Sept. 8, 2009 for being a whistleblower in the Randy and Monique Acevedo scandal. 

School board to discuss busing, personnel

Key West Citizen - Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Monroe County School Board will return to Key West on Tuesday, two weeks after a testy meeting in Marathon centered on the implementation of enhanced math and science courses.  This...

Pilot project launches return of p-cards

Key West Citizen - Saturday, May 2, 2015

Six years after the scandal that saw adult education coordinator Monique Acevedo prosecuted for personal use of purchase cards, or p-cards, the Monroe County School District has implemented a pilot period to bring the cards back. The pilot period started in February with around a dozen maintenance workers. 

Chairman calls to oust Kessler

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

School Board chairman John Dick wants Stuart Kessler, chairman of the district's independent watchdog committee, removed from his position for accusations of misconduct he made during an unsuccessful run for office last year.

FKAA hires Acevedo as tech

Key West Citizen - Friday, August 29, 2014

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority has hired former Monroe County Schools Superintendent Randy Acevedo as a computer tech, more than four years after the ousted elected official began applying at...

Surprise: $1M ESE penalty

Key West Citizen - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Monroe County School District officials conceded on Tuesday evening that the district will have to spend $1 million it hadn't counted on to satisfy requirements from the state of Florida regarding...