Florida Southern College is planning to demolish a house at Frank Lloyd Wright Way and Hollingsworth Road to build a two-story middle school as part of the Roberts Academy, a private lab school for children with dyslexia. More
A young Lakeland couple wants to buy the landmark Deen House at Frank Lloyd Wright Way and Success Avenue and turn it into a Montessori-based preschool serving up to 70 students. They answer neighborhood queueing concerns by saying that parents will park behind the house. The Lakeland Planning & Zoning Board considers a conditional use permit allowing the school on Oct. 15.
ALSO IN THE MORNING PAPER: Mister Central Florida, a fund-raiser for Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center, takes place Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. | Learn more
Students at all local schools will be able to get help with Federal Student Aid and Florida Bright Futures applications at a free event scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at George Jenkins High School. Staff from five local colleges and universities will be there to answer questions | What to bring
In a “What’s Right With Tampa Bay” segment, Kelly Ring looks at tattoo artist Izic Woodall’s project to paint uplifting murals at Medulla Elementary School. We’ve been fans of Kelly since her early reporting days in Tampa, but it seems nobody coached her on how the locals pronounce Medulla.
The physical education teacher responsible for students involved in a fight in a Blake Academy locker room last week has been put on administrative leave, Bay News 9 reports. The mother of the victim is demanding he be fired and that the boy who attacked her son be expelled. She asked the Polk School Board at its Tuesday night meeting to implement “school policies that align with protecting victims’ rights, not sheltering the accused.”
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At a ceremony starting now (8:30 a.m. Wednesday), Florida Polytechnic University breaks ground on a two-story, 85,000-square-foot Applied Research Center. It’s a short walk across a bridge from the landmark Innovation, Science, and Technology Building. Builder: Skanska USA | Architect: HOK
A Lakeland High School math teacher was placed on administrative leave and under mental health examination after students reported he told them how he would combine bullets and bombs to kill up to 1,000 people if he were a school shooter. The teacher told a police officer he was joking.
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