Polk’s school district is 24th largest in U.S. but ranks 995th our of 13,588 districts in funding
Six School Board members rated the superintendent as highly effective and one rated him as effective.
Protesters requested more time to review the books, which will outfit the media centers at two schools under construction
Two Lakeland students were honored as districtwide winners in the national program.
The Spanish teacher receives a $5,000 check and the use of a Hyundai Elantra for two years. “I love my students. I love what I teach,” she said.
Justin Sharpless and Rick Nolte were sworn in to office, as Lisa Miller and Kay Fields begin their second and fifth terms respectively.
Wilson retired from the board after eight years; Fortney was narrowly defeated in her re-election bid.
The food distribution is available to anybody in need every other Friday at the West Area Adult School on Central Avenue.
Other winners: Laurel Lee and Scott Franklin for U.S. House, Colleen Burton for Florida Senate, Martha Santiago for County Commission, John Flynn for County Judge. Polk environmental lands measure passes.
Polk County Public Schools are applying for a grant that will help hire more school psychologists and counselors.