Crystal Lake Elementary School’s transition to a community partnership school, taking effect next week, includes a health clinic for students and nearby residents.
The Tampa Bay Times takes a look at mental health services for students at Florida Polytechnic University and questions whether a suicide on campus last week might have been preventable. Students no longer have a full-time counselor to visit since the recent dismissal of Casey Fox, the school’s sole mental health counselor. The move came as the university began outsourcing its mental health care, providing a telephone hotline and a counselor who will visit the campus four to eight hours per week.
ADDENDUM: Florida Poly’s president issued a statement Sunday afternoon saying the university offers more mental health services under their new arrangement and that students are aware of the transition.
All of the candidates for three Polk County School Board seats on the Aug. 28 ballot participated tonight in a forum at the Chain of Lakes Complex in Winter Haven. Topics ranged from standardized tests to teacher salaries to how School Board members should engage state legislators. The forum was sponsored by Polk Education Association and Polk Education Associated Retired. Watch it in its entirety:
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The Polk Sheriff’s Office has received 98 applications for 90 armed guardian positions at elementary school. But the agency wants more applicants since some applicants won’t pass the intensive training that’s under way, 10 News reports.
Architect Santiago Calatrava’s structure, visible from I-4, plays with the sun, both gleaming under its rays and using louvered wings to tame it, writes Harold Bubil, real estate editor emeritus for the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Despite Calatrava’s reputation for cost overruns and delays, Florida Poly’s singular structure came in on time and on budget, he writes.
Unwilling to wait for an unwilling Legislature, Florida Poly administrators have identified other funds to begin construction of a $38 million research building. In an hour interview, university President Randy Avent discussed development on the land surrounding the campus, leading County Commissioner Todd Dantzler to comment that he’s heard there’s a letter of intent to purchase the 2,000-acre parcel from Williams Acquisition Holdings.
The High School Police Academy is one of the tools the Lakeland Police Department is using to recruit future officers.
Auditors said the university kept poor records on spending of $2 million in state funds to work with a contractor on design of a statewide anti-hazing course for college freshmen that was ultimately taken by only 184 students, Fox 13 News reports.
Florida Southern College’s iconic Annie Pfeiffer Chapel is a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it was newly named to Southern Living’s list of “The South’s Most Beautiful Chapels.” (The designation is so new that it doesn’t appear to be on the magazine’s website yet.) On the other hand, the 1941 structure presents expensive maintenance challenges and its interior is currently closed to the public because of the effects of recent heavy rains | Photo gallery