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Florida Poly Launches Innovative STEM Support for High Schools

Florida Polytechnic University has taken on a new initiative to support high schools throughout the state by providing a virtual network of trained learning assistants. More than a... — Updated 9/30/2020


Florida Poly Expands Support for Minorities on Campus

Florida Polytechnic University is starting the academic year with a strong commitment to an environment of respect, support, and adequate representation of minorities on campus.... — Updated 8/26/2020


Online Resource Helps Keep Community Informed of COVID-19 Impact on Schools

Polk County Public Schools has created a new resource for parents, employees and members of the public who seek further information about the impact of COVID-19 on their school... — Updated 8/26/2020


Cyber Florida to Work with Polk County to Help Prepare Future Cyber Professionals

Cyber Florida at University of South Florida and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at USF are pleased to announce that Polk County has joined the partnership to prepar... — Updated 8/13/2020

 By Steve Steiner    Schools

COVID-19 Re-opening of Schools Contentious

The Aug. 11 Polk County Public School Board meeting featured only two agenda items: updates on COVID-19, and following its lunch break, the search for a new superintendent. As has c... — Updated 8/13/2020

 By Brian Ackley    Schools

Lake Wales High School Sports On Hold for Now to Avoid COVID-19 Spread

Sports at Lake Wales High School are on the shelf for the time being as the result of a vote Tuesday, Aug. 4 by the charter system's Board of Trustees. The group unanimously voted... — Updated 8/6/2020


Despite Pandemic Impact, Highlander Band Director Remains Optimistic

Stephen Cornelius had big plans to grow the Lake Wales High School Highlander Band, and then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Now starting his second year as director, Cornelius is... — Updated 8/5/2020


Less Than Half of PCPS Teachers, Parents Want School In Person

Polk County Public Schools School Board members received an initial look at parents' intentions for the 2020-21 school year during the board's work session on Tuesday, July 28. The... — Updated 7/31/2020


News Highlights from Polk County Public Schools - July 24

FREE MEALS: With the start of the PCPS school year delayed to Aug. 24, Polk County Public Schools is extending its summer meals program to Thursday, Aug. 6. The meals program was or... — Updated 7/30/2020

 By Brian Ackley    Schools

Charter Schools Announce Meal Guidelines

Lake Wales Charter Schools has announced an amendment to its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the 2020-2021... — Updated 7/22/2020


2020-21 Budget: PCPS Will Pay $9 Million More in FRS Contributions, Bracing for Harder Days Ahead

Gov. Ron DeSantis' recently signed budget includes a multimillion-dollar hit to Polk County Public Schools - and district administrators caution the fiscal future could be even more... — Updated 7/8/2020

 By Steve Steiner    Schools

School to Start in August with Options

The 2020-21 school year will begin in August. Options will be a choice of on-campus, online, or a combination of both. These are the results of a survey taken by a task force... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Brian Ackley    Schools

Contractor Selected for Work on New Bok North Campus

Lake Wales Charter Schools officials have selected a contractor to do phase one and phase two work this summer in getting the new Bok North Academy campus ready for opening this... — Updated 6/24/2020


McLaughlin Looking for Volunteers to Paint School Hallways, Lockers

McLaughlin Middle School & Fine Arts Academy in Lake Wales is seeking volunteers to paint indoor hallways and lockers at the school. Work shifts are planned from 9 a.m. to 4:30... — Updated 6/10/2020


Polk State Announced 3-Phase Return to Campus Plan with Precautions

Polk State College has prepared a three-phased Return to Campus plan that supports the return of administrators and select personnel to the College's campuses and centers beginning... — Updated 6/3/2020


Enrollment Open for Polk State College Fall Semester

Enrollment is open at Polk State College for the Fall 2020 Semester, which will start on August 17. Students currently enrolled at Polk State may register for classes through their... — Updated 6/3/2020


School Board Urges Desantis to Veto HB5007, Accept Federal Aid

In a special meeting on Tuesday, May 28, the Polk County School Board voted unanimously to sign and send an open letter to Governor Ron DeSantis. The aim of the open letter was to... — Updated 6/3/2020


Polk Schools Asking Community for Feedback on Reopening in Fall

Polk County Public Schools is surveying students, parents, employees and stakeholders about their thoughts on reopening school in the fall. The online survey will close on Friday,... — Updated 6/3/2020


Achievement Academy Honors Staff Members

Achievement Academy staff members were honored by their colleagues Thursday, May 21. Grace Doran, a Lakeland teacher, was honored as Teacher of the Year. Doran has been a teacher... — Updated 5/26/2020


Townsend, Fields Lock Horns Over Resolution

It's the scope of Resolution 2019-2020-12 that matters to District One School Board Member Billy Townsend. It reads: Temporary Suspension of School Board Policies During Certain... — Updated 5/13/2020


Florida Poly Seniors Present Industry Solutions in Virtual Capstone Design Showcase

While many events in the community have been canceled in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, one of Florida Polytechnic University's richest student traditions will continue... — Updated 5/13/2020


Polk Schools Health Plan Will Become Solvent Three Years Ahead of Schedule

Polk County Public Schools' self-funded health plan is on track to become solvent in 2020 - three years ahead of schedule. "Every PCPS employee should be very proud of what we have... — Updated 5/13/2020


Polk School Board Meetings to Be Broadcast Live Starting May 12

Polk County School Board meetings will be conducted next week via video conference to maintain social distancing due to current health concerns regarding the coronavirus. A work... — Updated 5/13/2020


Polk Schools Holding Next Online Teacher Job Fair May 21

Polk County Public Schools will hold an online teacher hiring event from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 21. Future events are planned for 9-11 a.m. June 4 and 2-4 p.m. June 18. The... — Updated 5/13/2020


Polk County Public Schools, Unions, Restructure Pay Policy

Beginning with the fiscal year that starts July 1, existing Polk County Public Schools employees will have the option of being paid twice monthly. "Our employees told us this was... — Updated 5/6/2020


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