Read It in the Morning Paper

GRAD RATES: The newspaper’s front-page lead story trumpets that graduation rates in Polk public schools have risen 3.6 percentage points to 75.4 percent, exceeding a goal of 74 percent. On page 2B, we learn via the Tampa Bay Times that all four Bay Area counties (Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas) report rates over 80 percent. It sounds like a talking point economic developers will use when discussing why high-level execs at Lakeland companies choose to raise school-age children outside Polk in places like Fishhawk Ranch that boast A-rated schools.

SHORT TAKES: Michael Williams becomes Lakeland Fire Department‘s assistant chief of operations | Time Out previews the Lakeland Kiwanis Club’s Central Florida Rum and Food Experience scheduled for 3 to 7 Saturday at the RP Funding Center.