Graduation dates and times for Lakeland-area public high schools (Many of the ceremonies at the RP Funding Center will be live streamed on the Polk Public Schools YouTube channel:
Sheriff Grady Judd and Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd had different ideas about how to make public school campuses safer, but agreed to a solution that involves hiring armed security guards. School Board members are scheduled to vote on it later today. | Agenda
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The Polk County School Board has launched a website, polkpromise.net to inform voters about how students have benefitted from a half-cent sales tax that funds school construction. Renewal of the sales tax will be on November’s election ballot, and a political action committee is being formed to campaign for its passage.
Florida’s recently passed “safe schools” budget calling for law enforcement agencies to hire a school resource officer for each public school doesn’t include enough money or recognize the difficulty of hiring and training sworn officers, Lakeland’s police chief and Polk’s sheriff say.
Posted on social media by the Polk County School Board: “Please be advised that weather forecasts for this afternoon show stormy conditions and other possible severe weather could impact Polk County, as well as other surrounding counties. As a result, all afterschool activities and sporting events for Polk County Public Schools have been canceled for this afternoon.”
Students claim administrators at McKeel Academy of Technology prevented students from holding a solidarity-with-Parkland rally at 10 a.m. today as other schools around the nation did and instead held a fire drill. School officials have not responded to requests for comment. ABC Action News reports students had been threatened with detention if they participated in a walkout and quotes students who speculate the fire alarm was created as a cover when administrators realized they had made a mistake and that a crowd outside the school would look good for the cameras on TV station helicopters in the area.