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– We are thrilled to recognize two very special administrators from our schools:

– Polk County Public Schools now has a free app available for mobile devices that allows users to monitor student grades, attendance, assignments, and more. For more information, visit

– Kathleen High is the first Polk County high school to partner with the University of South Florida for a “guaranteed admissions” program.

Kathleen High students who meet certain criteria — a 3.7 recalculated GPA with a 1100 SAT or 22 ACT — will receive guaranteed acceptance to any USF campus, and will also be given priority consideration for the History of Achievement Scholarship.

For more information, visit

– The Polk County School Board will hold a work session and board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The work session will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by a board meeting scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. These meetings will take place at the Jim Miles Professional Development Center, 4270 Wallace Road in Lakeland.

Both meetings will be structured to comply with CDC guidance, including social distancing and limiting the capacity of rooms. Members of the public wishing to attend in person will be asked to wear face masks or coverings.

The work session and meeting will be broadcast live via the district’s YouTube channel: ( The work sessions will also be broadcast live on the following channels: Comcast channel 7, Frontier channel 45, Spectrum channel 642.

Agendas are available at:

– Griffin Elementary will host a virtual meeting next week of its community assessment team.

Griffin Elementary is following a state turnaround plan designed to boost student academic performance. The school’s community assessment team will meet virtually at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, to discuss the latest information on the plan.

The team is comprised of parents, educators, local government and business representatives, and community activists. The team conducts meetings to explore ways to help the school and support the needs of students. The meetings are open to the public to attend.

Those who wish to attend next week’s virtual meeting should contact the school for details on how to join. Please email or call (863) 853-6020.

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