SCHOOL BOARD: Tim Harris says he won’t seek re-election to the Polk School Board, prompting a second candidate to announce for the seat Harris has held for three terms. David Byrd, a 64-year-old retiree who worked in the school system as a high school teacher and teacher resource specialist for more than 35 years, joins Lisa Miller, also a former teacher, in the race.

TEACHERS: Most teachers can expect raises between 2 and 3.5 percent, under a complicated formula hammered out by the Polk school district and the teachers’ union, officials said. Part of the $10 million needed for the raises will come by returning to a practice of paying maintenance workers out of the capital fund instead of the general fund.

COLLEGIATE GAMING: Competitive intercollegiate computer gaming, complete with tryouts, uniforms and spectators, is coming to Florida Southern College, a move that perplexes The Ledger’s editorial writer.

LPD EXONERATION: A complaint about three Lakeland Police employees involving an intimate relationship between two of them and possible drug use found that no policies were violated.

Source: The Ledger

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