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Enrollment for the Spring 2021 Semester at Polk State Begins Oct. 26

Enrollment for Polk State College's Spring Semester will begin on Monday, Oct. 26 with priority registration for students who have completed at least 50 percent of their program... — Updated 10/23/2020


Online Resource Helps Keep Community Informed of COVID-19 Impact on Schools

Polk County Public Schools has created a new resource for parents, employees and members of the public who seek further information about the impact of COVID-19 on their school... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Steve Steiner    Schools

COVID-19 Re-opening of Schools Contentious

The Aug. 11 Polk County Public School Board meeting featured only two agenda items: updates on COVID-19, and following its lunch break, the search for a new superintendent. As has c... — Updated 8/12/2020


Less Than Half of PCPS Teachers, Parents Want School In Person

Polk County Public Schools School Board members received an initial look at parents' intentions for the 2020-21 school year during the board's work session on Tuesday, July 28. The... — Updated 8/6/2020


Cyber Florida to Work with Polk County to Help Prepare Future Cyber Professionals

Cyber Florida at University of South Florida and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at USF are pleased to announce that Polk County has joined the partnership to prepar... — Updated 7/31/2020


News Highlights from Polk County Public Schools - July 24

FREE MEALS: With the start of the PCPS school year delayed to Aug. 24, Polk County Public Schools is extending its summer meals program to Thursday, Aug. 6. The meals program was or... — Updated 7/31/2020


Polk Schools July 22 Update

- Polk County Public Schools is asking parents to register their children for one of three learning options available for the upcoming school year. The deadline to make a selection... — Updated 7/23/2020


PCPS Delays the Start of the School Year, Announces Three Learning Format Options for Families

Polk County Public Schools will delay the start of the 2020-21 school year at least until Aug. 24 due to the rising transmission of COVID-19 cases in the community. Superintendent... — Updated 7/15/2020

 By Steve Steiner    Schools

School to Start in August with Options

The 2020-21 school year will begin in August. Options will be a choice of on-campus, online, or a combination of both. These are the results of a survey taken by a task force... — Updated 7/9/2020


Enrollment Open for Polk State College Fall Semester

Enrollment is open at Polk State College for the Fall 2020 Semester, which will start on August 17. Students currently enrolled at Polk State may register for classes through their... — Updated 7/9/2020


2020-21 Budget: PCPS Will Pay $9 Million More in FRS Contributions, Bracing for Harder Days Ahead

Gov. Ron DeSantis' recently signed budget includes a multimillion-dollar hit to Polk County Public Schools - and district administrators caution the fiscal future could be even more... — Updated 7/9/2020

 By Steve Steiner    Schools

Bartow High School Seniors Get Their Moment to Shine

Through an agreement worked out between the Polk County Public Schools System and those with Joker-Marchant Stadium (also known as Joker Field at Publix-Marchant Stadium, and is... — Updated 6/18/2020


Polk State Announced 3-Phase Return to Campus Plan with Precautions

Polk State College has prepared a three-phased Return to Campus plan that supports the return of administrators and select personnel to the College's campuses and centers beginning... — Updated 6/10/2020


School Board Urges Desantis to Veto HB5007, Accept Federal Aid

In a special meeting on Tuesday, May 28, the Polk County School Board voted unanimously to sign and send an open letter to Governor Ron DeSantis. The aim of the open letter was to... — Updated 6/3/2020


Polk Schools Asking Community for Feedback on Reopening in Fall

Polk County Public Schools is surveying students, parents, employees and stakeholders about their thoughts on reopening school in the fall. The online survey will close on Friday,... — Updated 6/3/2020


Bartow H.S. Republican Club Elections, Platform Held in May

(Editor's note: Nathan M. Register came to my attention based upon several Facebook posts I saw on Rep. Melony Bell's page. His writings on those posts included a desire and goal... — Updated 6/3/2020


Achievement Academy Honors Staff Members

Achievement Academy staff members were honored by their colleagues Thursday, May 21. Grace Doran, a Lakeland teacher, was honored as Teacher of the Year. Doran has been a teacher... — Updated 5/26/2020


2020 Graduation Ceremonies Will be Held at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland

Polk County Public Schools will conduct 2020 graduation ceremonies at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. The three Bartow high schools will have their ceremony... — Updated 5/26/2020

 By Jason Geary    Schools

Bartow Middle FFA Named Florida's Finest

Bartow Middle School's FFA chapter is one of two chapters to earn the title of "Florida's Finest" this year: Westwood Middle is the other school. "These chapters have excelled in... — Updated 5/26/2020

 By Steve Steiner    Schools

High School Property Return to Continue; Additional dates to be Scheduled

According to Bartow High School Principal Emilean Clemons, last week's notice to Bartow/IB/Summerlin Academy seniors to turn in school property was well received. Although she... — Updated 5/20/2020


Polk Schools Holding Next Online Teacher Job Fair May 21

Polk County Public Schools will hold an online teacher hiring event from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 21. Future events are planned for 9-11 a.m. June 4 and 2-4 p.m. June 18. The... — Updated 5/13/2020


Polk Schools Health Plan Will Become Solvent Three Years Ahead of Schedule

Polk County Public Schools' self-funded health plan is on track to become solvent in 2020 - three years ahead of schedule. "Every PCPS employee should be very proud of what we have... — Updated 5/13/2020


Townsend, Fields Lock Horns Over Resolution

It's the scope of Resolution 2019-2020-12 that matters to District One School Board Member Billy Townsend. It reads: Temporary Suspension of School Board Policies During Certain... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Steve Steiner    Schools

Teachers Get Big Thank You at Spessard Holland Elementary

Drive throughs are the new norm, at least for now. Among the latest taking place was held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Thursday, May 7, at Spessard Holland Elementary, to honor... — Updated 5/7/2020


Polk County Public Schools, Unions, Restructure Pay Policy

Beginning with the fiscal year that starts July 1, existing Polk County Public Schools employees will have the option of being paid twice monthly. "Our employees told us this was... — Updated 5/6/2020


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