Principal Melissa Durrance has spent the summer coming up with ways to improve student performance at Griffin Elementary School, including a “sensory path” that incorporates learning into the simple act of walking down the hall. As a turnaround school, Griffin could close or become a charter school if the school doesn’t earn at least a C grade this year.
Academy Prep Center of Lakeland, a new private middle school that emphasizes academic rigor and offers scholarships for low-income students, is rushing to finish construction at the corner of Memorial and Lakeland Hills Boulevards. Classes may start in the new gym if remodeling of the old John Cox Elementary School has not been completed when school begins in about three weeks, the headmaster says | School website
As the Florida Board of Education starts a meeting today at Polk State College’s Lakeland campus, parents are gathering outside to protest policies they say starve public schools and expand the power of state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran. The board is scheduled to approve plans for an “external operator” to help struggling schools in Polk and five other counties | Rally information
- Read The Ledger’s article, which lists individual school grades for the last five years.
- Check this database for detailed data on each Polk school.
- 2019 grades for Lakeland schools are listed after the jump: More
Start and end times at 19 Polk public schools are being pushed back 15 minutes to accommodate bus transportation issues. Lakeland schools that are affected include Blake Academy, Dr. N.E. Roberts Elementary, Griffin Elementary, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, R. Bruce Wagner Elementary, Sikes Elementary, Sleepy Hill Middle and Winston Academy.
Three Sleepy Hill Middle School students — Ryder Walters, Michelle Berrios and Madison Dolyac — placed third nationally in the Team Engineering Challenge at the SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, Ky.
The internal doubts of a young woman coming to understand her roots and her place in the world inspired the external drama in a short film being shot in Lakeland today and Saturday.
Pamela Rodriguez, 22, was born in Puerto Rico but moved to Lakeland when she was very young, she said, but it didn’t take long to realize she was a little different than the majority of her peers. More
Dr. Grisselle Centeno, a Florida Polytechnic University professor of data science and business analytics, says she hopes her participation in a prestigious STEM leadership program will help her become an even better role model for young faculty and women students.
Fifty years after their school’s final graduation, students who attended Rochelle High School in its final years gathered to reminisce, philosophize on discipline and the decline in respect among students and recall the first years of school integration in Lakeland.
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