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All Polk County Public Schools Will Be Closed Until Tuesday, October 4

UPDATE: Polk County Public Schools will reopen on Tuesday, October 4. Students should be prepared to resume their normal class schedules at that time, according to school... — Updated 10/2/2022

 
 By News Staff    News 

Polk State Opens Monday, Polk Public Schools on Tuesday

Polk State College's campuses and centers will reopen on Monday, including the collegiate high schools, spokesperson Madison Fantozzi reported Sunday. Kyle Kennedy, spokesperson... — Updated 10/2/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    Schools

Polk Schools Implement New Security, Covid Procedures

In the aftermath of the ongoing surge in school shootings nationwide, Polk County Schools plan to conduct random "screenings" of students during the coming school year, which... — Updated 9/2/2022

 
 By Jason Geary    Schools

New Program Gives Community Leaders In-Depth Look Inside PCPS

Twenty-seven community leaders will soon begin exploring the complexities of managing one of the largest school districts in the nation. Inside PCPS - a new countywide leadership... — Updated 8/25/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

School Board Forum Moved to Virtual Event

A pair of forums offering voters a chance to hear from seven school board candidates has been moved to an online event due to the recent upsurge of Coved cases in Polk County. The... — Updated 7/28/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Polk School Board Candidates Will Participate in Lake Wales Forum

The August primary election will be the final chance to vote in some local races, including those for new school board members for four different seats on the seven-member board. A... — Updated 7/16/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Second High School Proposed for Lake Wales

A second public high school for Lake Wales moved a large step closer to reality last week after Polk County Schools Superintendent Frederick Heid proposed that McLaughlin Middle... — Updated 6/3/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    Schools

McLaughlin School Gathers Input for New High School

Quickly advancing plans to co-locate a new high school on the campus of McLaughlin Middle School, administrators brought some 60 parents, students, teachers, and staff together... — Updated 6/1/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Oguntola Issues Plea for Charter School Peace

A heartfelt plea for peace and an end to the politicizing of the Lake Wales Charter Schools has been sent to more than 20 leaders of the system by former Board of Trustees Chairman... — Updated 4/14/2022

 

A Disservice to Students, Parents, Community

Lake Wales has been blessed by the creation of the Lake Wales Charter Schools system nearly two decades ago. Now representing seven schools educating students in grades 1 through... — Updated 3/19/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Commissioners Hilligoss, Williams Kill Resolution Supporting Charter School System

Given an opportunity to help heal the community after a divisive search for a new charter school superintendent, two city commissioners said "no." A resolution presented to the... — Updated 3/19/2022

 

Charter School Superintendent Vote Happens Tuesday

The Lake Wales Charter School Board of Trustees is expected to choose a new superintendent of schools Tuesday to run seven local schools and maintain the standard of excellence... — Updated 2/22/2022

 

Ideological Group Seeks to Influence Superintendent Selection

A small but vocal group has been a significant influence on the process of selecting a new superintendent for the Lake Wales Charter School system, a simple reading of documents... — Updated 2/21/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Local Event One of Hundreds of Concerts, Celebrations for Frederick Law Olmsted Bicentennial

An April 30 event at Lake Wailes Park is more than a local celebration, it's part of a much broader celebration of a famous father-son duo who changed the face of North America.... — Updated 2/14/2022

 
 By Robert Connros    News

Public Has Opportunity to Meet Superintendent Finalists Today

Four finalists for the position of superintendent for the Lake Wales Charter Schools system are participating in the interview process today. The day's agenda includes one-on-one... — Updated 2/11/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Charter School Superintendent Search Committee Recommends Three Finalists

EDITOR'S UPDATE: Dr. P.J. D'Aoust has withdrawn from the selection process after being selected as one of the finalists for Charter Schools Superintendent. After a lengthy and... — Updated 2/2/2022

 

High School Principal Donna Dunson Retains Legal Counsel

Lake Wales High School Principal Donna Dunson has notified the Lake Wales Charter Schools Board of Trustees that she is retaining an employment attorney to represent her "because... — Updated 2/2/2022

 

Marta Graeven, 1945-2021

Marta Graeven of Lakeshore passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2021. She was born on July 29th, 1946, in Humaco, Puerto Rico. Marta was a teacher with the public schools and was of... — Updated 1/3/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City Commissioners Wrestle With Growth Challenges in Workshop

The challenge of managing the wave of new development proposed for Lake Wales was the topic of a two-hour workshop for city commissioners Friday afternoon, with the prospect for... — Updated 12/20/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Superintendent Candidate Field Narrows to Eight

The field of candidates seeking the helm of the Lake Wales Charter Schools got a bit smaller this week as two of the remaining candidates have withdraw their applications. The... — Updated 12/15/2021

 

Proposal for Partisan School Boards a Bad Idea

Democracy relies upon "the consent of the governed" to function. Consent implies an understanding of the questions of importance to the populace, which in turn requires an educated... — Updated 12/13/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Charter School Superintendent Search Enters Next Phase

The long-vacant position of leadership at the helm of the Lake Wales Charter Schools is a step closer to be filled after the Superintendent Search Committee reduced the original... — Updated 12/10/2021

 
 By Tom Paulson    News
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City Gets Seminole Hotel Under Settlement Terms

The City of Lake Wales will apparently acquire the Seminole Hotel as a result of a deal reached during court-ordered mediation on November 12. The terms of the settlement were... — Updated 12/7/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    News
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Charter School Superintendent Search Draws 25 Applicants

The search for a new superintendent for the Lake Wales Charter School System has entered its next phase following the close of applications for the position on November 17. Now the... — Updated 11/30/2021

 
 By News Staff    Business

One Local Restaurant is a Hidden Gem

Local dining food choices aren't as limited as you might believe, and they certainly don't have to be boring. That much is evident after a visit to a local restaurant celebrating... — Updated 11/1/2021

 

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