Jason Wheeler, voice of Flagler Schools, steps down

The district's coordinator of communications is moving to the Panhandle to take a public relations position in city government.

Jason Wheeler takes a selfie with Flagler Schools Superintendent LaShakia Moore. Courtesy photo
Jason Wheeler takes a selfie with Flagler Schools Superintendent LaShakia Moore. Courtesy photo
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For many local families, Jason Wheeler has been the voice of the Flagler County School District for the past eight years.

Wheeler, the district’s coordinator of communications, will be leaving the district on Jan. 5, 2024, to take a public relations job in city government in the Panhandle. Wheeler did not want to say what city because his hiring has not been announced yet.

Jason Wheeler has been with Flagler Schools for eight years. Courtesy photo

Wheeler has been in charge of Flagler Schools’ communications plan and emergency communications — delivering robocalls to parents on behalf of the district. He also works with district department heads, principals and assistant principals on how best to communicate information about their schools and departments.

He said the time was right to look for a different challenge after his youngest son, Andrew, graduated from Flagler Palm Coast High School last spring. His older son, David, a graduate of Matanzas High, works for the district as a tech support specialist at Belle Terre Elementary School.

“I love this job, and I could retire from this job,” Wheeler, 53, said. “But a chapter closed with my kids graduating, and it affords me to find something that fits what I want to do. It’s not that I was stagnant or bored, but you always want to stretch yourself, and I felt I was getting a little too comfortable.”

Before he was hired as Flagler Schools’ first information specialist in 2015, Wheeler worked in TV news. He was the Flagler County reporter for eight years at Central Florida News 13. Before that, he worked at the CBS affiliate in Mobile, Alabama; the ABC affiliate in Augusta, Georgia; and the former FOX affiliate in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

“This is a great job and a great district,” Wheeler said. “(Superintendent) LaShakia Moore has a great vision where she wants to take this district. Having her will put whoever replaces me in a great position. I only scratched the surface telling the stories here. There are so many great stories in every school.”


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