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Polk County Public Schools is taking another major step in the fight against COVID-19, partnering with the Florida Department of Health to secure vaccines for employees.
All PCPS employees who want to receive a vaccine are being asked to fill out an online survey, which takes just a few minutes to complete. The survey should be completed by Jan. 31. For more information, click here.
– Maude Graham lost her parents at a young age and struggled in school with reading. Over the years, she felt a desire to become a teacher, so she could reach out to the students facing challenges just like her.
During a ceremony Thursday night, Graham, a third-grade teacher at Rosabelle W. Blake Academy, was unveiled as the 2021 Polk County Teacher of the Year.
Lisa Gill, paraeducator at Jesse Keen Elementary, was chosen as the district’s 2021 School-Related Employee of the Year. Read more here.
-When staff members at Jesse Keen Elementary learned one of their families had recently suffered a house fire — losing their kitchen, dining room, and numerous possessions to the flames — they wasted no time in lending a hand. Read the whole story here.
-Next week will be the first meeting of the Citizens Screening Committee, which will help narrow down the top candidates for the next PCPS superintendent.
The committee’s meetings are open to the public, and are scheduled on Jan. 28, Feb. 11 and Feb. 18. Each meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and take place at the Jim Miles Professional Development Center, 4270 Wallace Road in Lakeland. These meetings will also be livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel. Comments can be submitted in person or at
For more information and the latest news on the search for the next superintendent, visit the Super Search page.

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