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Lake Wales Charter Schools Superintendent Search Challenged

More than six months after the departure of lauded Lake Wales Charter Schools Superintendent Jesse Jackson, the process of seeking his replacement being conducted by the Board of... — Updated 9/14/2021


Charter Schools, Community Mourn Loss of Bok South Principal

The Lake Wales Charter Schools and the local community are mourning the passing of Dr. Damien Moses, principal of Bok Academy South. "It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform... — Updated 8/20/2021


Commissioners Unanimously Choose Pastor Hilligoss to Fill Temporary Vacancy

After hearing from supporters of the four applicants, Lake Wales City Commissioners unanimously voted to appoint Jack Hilligoss to the temporary vacancy created by the suspension... — Updated 8/3/2021


Former Commissioner's Wife Now Wants Appointment to His Seat

The wife of former Lake Wales City Commissioner Pete Perez has indicated her interest in filling his old seat, which is vacant now due to the suspension of newly elected Commissione... — Updated 7/31/2021


Pastor Hilligoss Seeks Temporary Appointment to City Commission

Pastor Jack Hilligoss has added his name to the list of people interested in filling the city commission vacancy created by the suspension of newly elected Commissioner Kris... — Updated 7/31/2021


Major Donor to Local Schools Calls for Mandatory Masks, Vaccines

Some viewed his email as a threat to withhold future funding, but Henry McCance says that's not what he intended. The largest donor to Lake Wales Charter schools, McCance says he... — Updated 7/30/2021


Celebration of Life July 31 for Bok South Principal Damien Moses

A celebration of life for Bok Academy South Principal Damien Moses is scheduled for noon, Saturday, July 31. The event will take place at the Lake Wales High School gymnasium and... — Updated 7/29/2021


Polk Avenue Celebrates Principal's Retirement, Legacy of Leadership

A courtyard packed full of well-wishers gathered May 27 to celebrate the life and leadership legacy of Polk Avenue Elementary Principal Gail Quam, who is retiring after 36 years at... — Updated 6/4/2021


Former Hillcrest Principal's Lawsuit Prompts Charter Trustee 'Shade' Meeting

The Lake Wales Charter Schools Trustees will hold a private meeting Monday, May 24 to discuss legal strategy now that former Hillcrest Elementary School Principal Jennifer Barrow... — Updated 5/21/2021


Mayor Appoints Charter Trustee, Says Commissioner Not Wanted

City commissioners at their April 20 meeting consented to Mayor Eugene Fultz's appointment of Marcus Kirby to the Lake Wales Charter School Trustees. Kirby is transitional housing c... — Updated 4/22/2021


Mayor Bypasses Commission, Claims Sole Authority to Nominate Charter School Trustee

Despite a recent change to the City Charter requiring more input from city commissioners on appointments, Mayor Eugene Fultz did not involve them and is bringing forth only one... — Updated 4/18/2021


Lake Wales Quilters Guild Exhibit at Library

Throughout the month of March the Lake Wales Public Library's Local Artist Gallery has an amazing display of handmade quilts by local textile artists. The Lake Wales Quilters Guild... — Updated 3/17/2021


Charter School System and Community Bid Farewell to Superintendent Jesse Jackson

Sporting a pair of black roller skates over his shoulder, outgoing Lake Wales Charter Schools Superintendent Jesse Jackson thanked dozens of well-wishers, saying he was ready to... — Updated 2/25/2021


Charter School System Gets Sheriff's Office to Investigate School Principal

The Lake Wales Charter School System has initiated a fact-finding investigation to examine allegations that recently reassigned Hillcrest Elementary School Principal Jennifer Barrow... — Updated 2/11/2021


Charter Trustees Issue Apology, Approve Superintendent's Departure Feb. 26

The Lake Wales Charter Schools Board of Trustees unanimously approved a separation agreement Monday, Feb. 1 that will end Superintendent Jesse Jackson's 13-year tenure on Feb. 26.... — Updated 2/4/2021


Charter Trustees to Act Feb. 1 on Superintendent's Exit End of Month

The Lake Wales Charter Schools Board of Trustees will consider an agreement Feb. 1 for Superintendent Jesse Jackson to exit Feb. 26 with about $59,000 owed him for accrued vacation... — Updated 1/31/2021


Trustees Meet Feb. 1 to Consider Charter Schools Superintendent Separation Agreement

EDITOR'S NOTE: Update for this story can be found here: — Updated 1/31/2021


Charter Trustees Suspend 13-Year Superintendent Jackson

The Lake Wales Charter Schools Board of Trustees suspended Superintendent Jesse Jackson with pay Monday, Jan. 25 pending a special meeting in a week to discuss whether to accept... — Updated 1/27/2021


Polk County's Graduation Rate Reaches New Record High Despite Pandemic

(Editor's Note: Lake Wales High School is not included in this report, since it is part of the charter system and not considered a traditional Polk high school. Its graduation rate... — Updated 1/15/2021

 By Brian Ackley    News

LWPD Provides Gifts, Meal for 70 Local Children in "Shop with a Cop" Program

A lot was different about this year's "Shop With A Cop" event, except for one very important thing – dozens of local families will have a much merrier Christmas because of the... — Updated 12/25/2020


Unanimous Commission Names James Slaton as City Manager

Lake Wales City Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, Oct. 20 to appoint James Slaton as the next city manager. Slaton has been serving as interim city manager since June 2, when... — Updated 10/29/2020


Lee Alexander "Alex" Wheeler III, 1953-2020

Lee Alexander "Alex" Wheeler III passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2020 after unexpected complications following surgery. A third generation Lake Walean, Alex was born in Lake Wales... — Updated 10/29/2020


Citizens Police Advisory Board Holding First Public Forum Oct. 26

The Citizens and Police Community Relations Advisory Board will hold its first public forum at 6 p.m. Monday Oct. 26 at the B Street Center. Due to the COVID-19 virus, attendees... — Updated 10/25/2020


Citizens and Police Advisory Committee Holds Organizational Meeting

The newly recreated Citizens and Police Community Relations Advisory Committee held its first meeting Monday, Sept. 21 to organize and get acquainted. The Lake Wales City... — Updated 9/23/2020


Goldstein Seeking Another 3 Years on City Commission

Al Goldstein didn't realize being a Lake Wales city commissioner would be so time-consuming, but he's eager to sign up for another three years. He was elected without opposition in... — Updated 9/23/2020


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