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By Steve Steiner
Executive Editor 

COVID-19 Re-opening of Schools Contentious


Last updated 8/13/2020 at 9am

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 come to be "par for the course," it was not without acrimony.

For the first part of the meeting, dealing with COVID-19 and the re-opening of school, Superintendent Jackie Byrd welcomed Dr. Joy Jackson, director of Polk County's Department of Health, as well as an assembled group of doctors, six altogether.

It was this assemblage of doctors that sparked the latest controversy, as the six doctors all are associate...

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