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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


High School Graduation Ceremonies Greenlighted for June

The Polk County School Board is making arrangements to hold traditional graduation ceremonies in June. Seniors expressing their opinions in an online survey overwhelmingly chose... — Updated 4/29/2020


Polk State Getting Creative to Celebrate Spring 2020 Graduates

Polk State College is celebrating more than a thousand graduating students this Spring 2020 Semester and is getting creative to publicly recognize their milestone accomplishments.... — Updated 4/29/2020


50 Polk School Buses Being Deployed as Free Wi-Fi Hotspots, 8 in Lake Wales Area

Polk County Public Schools and Polk Vision have teamed up to help improve internet access for students through a new initiative: Synced for Students. With campuses closed through... — Updated 4/29/2020


Florida Poly Spring Graduates to March in Special December Ceremony

Florida Polytechnic University announced that its Spring 2020 graduates will get their chance to walk to Pomp and Circumstance at a special commencement ceremony scheduled for... — Updated 4/16/2020


Polk State Opens Enrollment Online for Summer 2020 Semester

Enrollment is open at Polk State College for the Summer 2020 Semester, which will be fully online to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The semester will begin on May 6.... — Updated 4/15/2020


Charter School Buses to Deliver Meals Along Five Routes

Starting Thursday April 9 the Lake Wales Charter School bus drivers will start delivering meals to 18 locations along five routes. Meals will be available to children 18 and under... — Updated 4/15/2020


Polk State Faculty Gets Creative for Online Instruction

As Polk State College moves to an online learning environment for the remainder of the 2020 Spring Semester to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, faculty and staff have partnered... — Updated 4/2/2020


Polk State College to Continue All Classes Online Through Summer 2020

Polk State College will continue all classes online through the Summer 2020 Semester to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The College suspended instruction on March 16 and... — Updated 4/2/2020


Polk County Schools Start Distributing 60,000 Internet-Accessible Devices

Polk County Public Schools April 1 began distributing 60,000 internet-accessible devices to families in need. Parents should receive device distribution instructions from... — Updated 4/2/2020


Polk County Schools Issue Plans for Online Learning to Begin March 30

Polk County Public Schools has released its Instructional Continuity Plan, which details how learning will continue for the district's students while schools remain closed through A... — Updated 3/25/2020


Florida Poly Sees New Student Application Surge

Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland is experiencing a significant increase in the number of students applying to become Phoenixes. At only two-thirds of the way through the... — Updated 1/28/2020


Teachers, Ed Students Invited to Polk EdCamp Jan. 25

Teachers and education students from Polk County (and beyond) are welcome to attend Polk County Public Schools EdCamp. The free professional development opportunity will be held... — Updated 1/28/2020


Charter Schools Implement Tracking System for Bus Riders

Lake Wales Charter Schools has a new tracking system for all of its bus riders. Called Reaxium, students are being issued identification badges that will check each on and off the... — Updated 1/28/2020


Dual Enrollment Helps High School Students Jump Start College Education

Polk State College serves nearly 3,000 students each year through its dual-enrollment, early-admission, and collegiate high school programs, providing a variety of... — Updated 1/8/2020


Foundation Kicks Off Annual Fundraising to Support Charter Schools

The Lake Wales Charter Schools Foundation has kicked off it's 2019-20 giving campaign, committed to improving the educational opportunities for all students in the community, accord... — Updated 12/11/2019


Polk Schools Break Ground for New High School in Davenport

Polk County Public Schools broke ground Dec. 4 on a new high school in fast-growing Davenport. The new school, located adjacent to Davenport School of the Arts, is scheduled to... — Updated 12/11/2019


Polk State to Graduate 550 at Dec. 12 Commencement

More than 550 students with Polk State College's 121st graduating class will walk the stage Thursday, Dec. 12, at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland to receive their diplomas. The... — Updated 12/11/2019


Area Students Now Can Access Free Library Materials and Resources

Library cards are still a thing. And now, every single student in the Lake Wales Charter Schools and Polk County School system has one. The Polk County Library Cooperative has... — Updated 12/5/2019


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