Polk County Public Schools’ hiring season is in full swing as they look to recruit teachers and other educators for the 2019-20 school year. They are having a teacher job fair on Saturday, May 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jim Miles Professional Development Center in Lakeland, 5204 U.S. Highway 98 S., Lakeland. Register at jobfair.polk-fl.net
New Look for Chamber
On March 21, a new logo and the final change was announced at the Chamber’s monthly breakfast meeting. The Haines City Area Chamber of Commerce will now be called the Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce. Changes were made due to the growth of businesses along US 27, traveling north from Haines City into Davenport. There are currently 330 members.
Meals on Wheels of Polk County is in need of volunteers to drive meals. Anyone who owns a car, has a driver’s license with car insurance is eligible. Normally, volunteers deliver a dozen meals each and average around two hours per day. Drivers meet at 10 am and are done by noon. For more info about volunteering call (863) 299-1616 or visit www.mealsonwheelspolk.com
Take a Tour
At a recent Bartow Board of Adjustment meeting, Drew Davis & Krislin Kreis won approval to offer tours at the historic Wonderhouse on the weekends. They purchased the house in 2015 for $162,000. They’re request to hold weddings and other events was not approved because of potential issues with noise, traffic and parking. The couple has spent more than $200,000 to remodel it.
About Face Awards
On Wednesday, April 10, the annual About-Face Awards recognized more than 50 Polk County Public School middle and high school student honorees that have made positive changes and noticeable improvements in their academic careers. The invitation-only ceremony began at 7:30 a.m. at Bartow Civic Center. PCPS hosts the event to encourage students who have made an “about-face” in their schools by improving their grade point average, attendance or attitude.
Polk County Public Schools is building a new high school that will be located on County Road 547, adjacent to Davenport School of the Arts. When it opens in August 2021, the school will be able to serve 2,500 students, which will help to address rapid enrollment growth in northeast Polk. The community is welcome to attend meetings to discuss. More info at polkschoolsfl.com
Emergency Response Training
Polk County Fire Rescue, in cooperation with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, has completed department wide active shooter training for all of its emergency response personnel. In addition, the division has supplied active shooter safety equipment, including ballistics helmets, vests and specialty medical bags to all of its engines, ladder trucks and ambulances. During this training, rescue and law enforcement crews became familiarized with the methods used by each agency to increase both operational safety and fluidity so collectively they are able to serve the public more effectively.
High School Seniors Honored
The top high school seniors from Polk County Public Schools were honored on Thursday, April 18th during the fifth annual Superintendent’s Scholars Awards. More than 1,000 seniors qualified for this award that recognizes their outstanding educational achievements. Superintendent’s Scholars include graduating seniors who have earned a 3.8 weighted GPA or higher by their seventh semester. During Thursday’s ceremony, each student could introduce themselves, announce their college or career plans, and receive a medallion to be worn at graduation later this year.