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2011 Florida high school grades released

2011 Florida high school grades released

How did your school perform? Check here: Florida School Grades

High School grades are out. Locally Hillsborough reports 93% of its high school receiving either an A or a B grade. Three high schools (Brandon, Chamberlain and Spoto) earned A grades for the first time.

Pinellas has no D or F schools. Pasco school officials report 83% of its schools received either an A or B grade and no school received an F.

Local bank helps teachers improve financial literacy

Local bank helps teachers improve financial literacy

Polk County, FL -- Fifth Third Bank announced it will be holding a Teacher Workday to help improve the financial literacy in Polk County for teachers on Jan. 2.

During the workday, executives from Fifth Third Bank (Tampa Bay) will visit six Polk County schools to discuss financial literacy and provide identity theft protection advice to more than 420 teachers. Other topics that may be discussed include budgeting, saving, credit building and information on the HARP updates.

Participating schools include:

Magnet, Choice Schools change student selection

Magnet, Choice Schools change student selection

Polk County, FL -- The Office of Magnet, Choice and Charter Schools had announced it is implementing a revised student assignment plan due to changes to the 2007 Supreme Court ruling that addresses the use of race as a factor in individual assignment determinations for magnet or choice schools.

Information about the revised student assignment plan is available on the school district homepage polk-fl.net. Use the keyword School Choice to quickly access the home page for The Office of Magnet, Choice and Charter Schools.

School district reaches tentative salary agreement for 2011-2012

School district reaches tentative salary agreement for 2011-2012

On Dec. 13, negotiating teams for the Polk County School District and the Polk Education Association signed off on a tentative salary agreement for the current 2011-2012 School Year.  This agreement was but one of many positive agreements that were reached during the negotiation process for this year’s contract.

Several of these highlights include:

Local students recognized in Drug Prevention Video/Poster Contest

Local students recognized in Drug Prevention Video/Poster Contest

Polk County, FL -- On Dec. 7, Sheriff Grady Judd, along with Assistant State Attorney, Brad Copley, recognized the winners of the 2011 Drug Prevention Video/Poster Contest.

At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, the Polk County Sheriff's Office and the State Attorney's Office (10th Judicial Circuit) sponsored a Drug Prevention Video/Poster Contest within the Polk County public, charter, and private middle/senior high schools.

Postponed: Commissioners to donate cars to Polk schools

Postponed: Commissioners to donate cars to Polk schools

Lake Wales, FL -- The Polk County Board of County Commissioners donation of two vehicles to Polk County schools previously scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 1 has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as it is scheduled.

Commissioners will present the keys at a date to be announced at the Peace Creek Fire Rescue Station. A 2006, 20-foot Ford box truck formally used by Polk County Fire Rescue to deliver medical supplies to fire rescue stations will be used by Lake Wales Charter Schools to transport band equipment.