Citing community health needs, Florida Southern College is investing $6 million — its highest ever for a new academic program — to launch a doctor of physical therapy program in fall 2019.
WATER QUALITY: The Polk school district is testing the quality of drinking and cooking water at schools, starting with older buildings. The numbers so far: 5 schools tested; 4 found to have elevated lead levels; 2 are in Lakeland: Cleveland Court Elementary and Winston Academy of Engineering. The remedy: replacing fixtures — or re-piping, if necessary.
ABUSE LAWSUIT: A jury on Thursday awarded a former Kathleen High football player $125,000 in a lawsuit against the Polk School Board. The player contended school administrators were negligent in allowing a former KHS coach to punish him by twisting his nipple.
ARREST: A 16-year-old Kathleen High student was charged with writing a threat to kill or injure after deputies saw Instagram posts that said, “Active shooter drill tomorrow lol it would be a shame if it was real” Wednesday” and “someone will die today.”
Polk State College students with financial need will get help finding college and community resources under a new, $100,000 program co-sponsored by United Way of Central Florida aimed at improving graduation rates. Case worker Casmore Shaw will be available on the Lakeland campus 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays in LTB 1272 | News release
Florida Southern College film students worked alongside movie professionals when they played major behind-the-camera roles in a film shot in Lakeland last month. “My Florida Home” is a psychological drama written and directed by Matthew Herbertz, who launched a film studies concentration for communications majors at FSC last year | About the film | About the writer/director
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.