MAGNET SCHOOL: Polk schools Superintendent Jaqueline Byrd says she is finalizing a response to the Lakeland City Commission’s request that a certain number of kindergarten seats at Lincoln Avenue Academy go to nearby residents. The city is attracting new homeowners into the redeveloping neighborhood near the school by offering good deals on starter houses, and wants to make it easier for some of the new homeowners to get their children into the highly sought school. Byrd told The Ledger she and her staff are “working to develop a plan that will address” that concern.
LOVERS OAK: March 5 is the date a highly regarded arborist will use high-tech tools to look inside the several-centuries-old double oak at the Lake Morton foot of Success Avenue and determine whether it lives or dies. The tree had been scheduled to come down in August but was spared when city crews were diverted by preparations for Hurricane Irma, which the oak survived.
EDUCATION/HEALTH: Florida Southern College broke ground at the northwest corner of Frank Lloyd Way and Jefferson Avenue for the Carol Jenkins Barnett Center for Early Childhood Learning and Health.
BASKETBALL: The state girls high school championship series returns to the RP Funding Center this week.