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
A genteel battle of ideas played out Tuesday morning as Lakeland’s planning board pondered the best use for a large and historic home in the South Lake Morton neighborhood.
Both sides were represented by articulate speakers who spoke passionately about whether the Planning and Zoning Board should allow a preschool at the Deen House, a 1912-era, 6,736-square-foot mansion at the corner of Frank Lloyd Wright Way and Success Avenue. More
Sherry Scott, who teaches culinary arts at George Jenkins High School, was featured on Bay News 9 as one of its A+ teachers. Her students earn certifications that make them eligible for manager-level employment at restaurants, and her rapport with students has made her an oft-requested club sponsor.
A $350,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study autonomous and connected vehicles will help Lakeland’s Florida Polytechnic University become a leading center for research in the development of self-driving vehicles, engineering professor Arman Sargolzaei tells Tampa Bay Business Journal.
NEWS RELEASE: Grant focuses on a large-scale Hardware-in-the-Loop simulation facility.
A Florida Southern College senior majoring in math and accounting and active in intramural sports was found dead in his Lake Hollingsworth apartment. The school’s security chief said there were no signs of foul play and Dalton Beitel of Titusville appears to have died of natural causes.
Florida Polytechnic is making it easy for any student with an innovative idea to connect with its entrepreneurship program, and the software that makes that possible was recognized as a finalist in competition by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers.