The Polk School Board is being asked by Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd to approve Educational Directions (website) of Louisville to run six turnaround schools, including two in greater Lakeland: Kathleen Middle and Griffin Elementary. The company previously worked with Duval County, Byrd’s previous district, where the Florida Times-Union reported results were mixed.
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The 18,800-square-foot Sharon and Jim France Admission Center at Florida Southern College fronts Lake Hollingsworth and combines elements of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture with the swooping red-clad atria of the college’s newest lakefront structures. Click the arrow on the right side of the photo for two more images.