With more than 1,000 Polk public school teachers expected to travel to Tallahassee Monday for a statewide rally in support of increased education funding, Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd held a hastily called news conference today to explain the plan to ensure classrooms are covered. Plans include classroom staffing by 650 substitute teachers, 450 administrators, and 30 sheriff’s deputies with college degrees. Keep scrolling for video from the news conference: More
The Central Florida Aerospace Center for Excellence has announced the $4.5 million Project Skylab, which will add an 8,000-square-foot classroom facility with holographic theater to its 14-building campus at Sun ‘n Fun | Learn more
Several hundred Florida Southern College supporters and alumni were on hand today when the college dedicated its new Jean and Sal Campisi Sr. Academic Center for Physical Therapy on Florida Avenue in Dixieland. Here’s video of the ceremony:
Twenty-four students enrolled in the college’s new Doctor of Physical Therapy program when it launched this semester. The college is seeking accreditation for a 36-student program. More
Lake Morton residents posted nearly 100 yard signs protesting a plan to turn the Deen House at Success Avenue and Frank Lloyd Wright Way into a preschool. Meanwhile, the couple planning the preschool is revising their design after the city Historic Preservation Board rejected their plans for fire escapes.
Oscar J. Pope Elementary School is faced with rebuilding its fifth-grade building after its roof collapsed in the aftermath of Lakeland’s October tornado.
Community support welled up after a tornado punched a hole in the roof of Kathleen Middle School, so much so that the school no longer has the space to store the donated supplies. But monetary contributions are still being accepted via the Polk Education Foundation | Donate online
Students return to Kathleen Middle School Monday for the first time after a tornado ripped off part of the roof last week, but teachers returned Thursday and got their first look at the damage.
As Kathleen Middle School’s principal and the Polk schools superintendent opened the school’s doors for the first time after a tornado struck Friday night, they knew things were bad when floodwaters flowed out. “The total inside of that building is damaged. Every floor is damaged. Every room has been damaged,” said Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd told Bay News 9 | GoFundMe