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 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 Robert Connors    Schools

Polk State Offers Free Backpacks, School Supplies for K-12 Students

Students heading back to school will get a welcome boost as 700 backpacks full of school supplies are given away to students from kindergarten through college age. The event marks... — Updated 7/28/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    Schools

McLaughlin Students Benefit From Grants, Enthusiasm

The growing enthusiasm of staff, students and parents is lending a boost to McLaughlin Middle School as preparations are made to co-locate a high school on the campus. The results a... — Updated 7/16/2022

 

AdventHealth and Bond Clinic Provide Free Sports Physicals to Polk County Students

AdventHealth clinicians and Bond Clinic in partnership with 10 Polk County high schools provided annual sports physicals to more than 500 pre-registered student athletes to make... — Updated 6/4/2022

 
 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

 

Polk State College to Offer New Degree in Human Resources

Polk State College is launching two opportunities for individuals seeking education and training in Human Resources Management – a concentration within the Bachelor of Applied... — Updated 5/25/2022

 

Polk State Open Enrollment Begins June 6

Open enrollment for Fall 2022 Semester classes at Polk State College will begin on June 6. Currently enrolled students can register now for fall classes in Passport. Prospective... — Updated 5/24/2022

 
 By Jeremy Maready    Schools

Polk Announces Annual Student Art Contest

It's time to raid your art supply closet – the 19th Annual Water Conservation Art Contest is open for entries. The contest is open to all Polk County students from kindergarten th... — Updated 3/23/2022

 
 By Devyn Montalvo    Schools

Webber Students Dominate Future Business Leaders of America District Competition.

In an amazing display of business acumen, a group of Webber International University students recently swept virtually every top honor in District III Future Business Leaders of... — Updated 2/17/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    Schools

Elections Supervisor Lori Edwards Offering Scholarships

Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards announced today that the Florida Supervisors of Elections (FSE) will award four $1,200 scholarships to Florida students in 2022.... — Updated 1/21/2022

 
 By Linda Guzman    Schools

Three Florida Polytechnic Scientists Ranked Among Globes' Top Two Percent

With innovative research in nanomedicine, energy systems, and rare earth element recovery, three Florida Polytechnic University professors have been listed among the top 2%... — Updated 12/7/2021

 

Federal Funds Allow Polk State to Forgive Student Debt

Polk State College announced that it is eliminating $1.2 million in student debt to alleviate financial burdens for students brought on by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Near... — Updated 12/3/2021

 
 By Tom Paulson    Schools

Polk State Lake Wales Enrollment Doubles to 1,200 Students

Polk State's Lake Wales campus, located entirely in the two-story JD Alexander Center on Central Avenue, has doubled its student population. Enrollment has grown from 600 to 1,200... — Updated 11/30/2021

 
 By Tom Paulson    Schools

Statewide Student Art Competition Offered to Fish Fans

Are you a student who knows fish? Got some art talent? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission would like to know about it. The FWC is inviting students in all grades... — Updated 11/8/2021

 
 By News Staff    Schools

Congressional Internships Offered to College Students, Recent Grads

College and University students and recent graduates wishing to gain valuable work experience working with a Congressional office are encouraged to apply for one of several... — Updated 11/7/2021

 
 By Tom Paulson    Schools

Legoland Florida Employees Eligible for Polk State Scholarships

Want to attend Polk State College but struggling to afford it since you don't have a good job? Go to work at Legoland Florida Resort and you can accomplish both goals at once. As... — Updated 10/29/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    Schools
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Approval Granted for Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Webber

After a two-year process, Webber International University has been granted approval to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. The University has begun accepting... — Updated 10/26/2021

 
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Polk State Spring Enrollment Opens

Enrollment for the Spring 2022 Semester at Polk State College will start on Monday, October 25, 2021, with priority registration for students who have completed at least 50 percent... — Updated 10/20/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    Schools

Charter Schools Search for Superintendent Described as "Transparent"

Finding a new superintendent for the Lake Wales Charter School System is a painstaking process, with huge focus on finding the ideal candidate, according to Bill Vogel. Vogel, 72,... — Updated 10/20/2021

 

Polk State College Names New Board Officers, Trustees

Polk State College’s District Board of Trustees elected Ashley Bell Barnett as Chair and Greg Littleton as Vice-Chair for the 2021-2022 Academic Year on Monday during the... — Updated 10/8/2021

 
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Florida Dept. of Education Finally Submits $2.3B Federal Funds Request

The Florida Department of Education has finally submitted a plan outlining how federal relief funds will be used to help schools recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan is... — Updated 10/8/2021

 

Polk County Schools "Portrait of a Graduate" Survey Now Open

Students and parents involved in the Polk County Public Schools may wish to offer comments to the School System about the future direction of Polk Public Schools. According to... — Updated 10/4/2021

 
 By Robert Connors    Schools

Lake Wales High School Marks Annual Homecoming

The small-town spirit shone through in Lake Wales Thursday as a thousand spectators gathered to watch the annual Homecoming Parade organized by the students of Lake Wales High... — Updated 10/2/2021

 

New Surgeon General shakes up school COVID protocols and leaves Constitutional questions unanswered

In a dramatic turnabout involving Florida’s new surgeon general, the state Department of Health has created a new COVID-19 related emergency rule that allows parents to keep kids... — Updated 9/24/2021

 

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