Category Archives: Education

Florida Poly and USF Developing a New Normal?

I have to say I was impressed reading the brief but informative story by Mary Toothman in The Ledger today recapping a recent meeting between Florida Poly, USF, UF, and Board of Governors officials. The gist of the article, which … Continue reading

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Polk County High School Coaches Had Rough 2011-2012

There are quite a few things I miss since I left The Ledger about a 18 months ago. I miss the people that I worked with in the newsroom and the people that I had the privilege to cover and … Continue reading

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Top 10 Polk Storylines for 2012

I’m looking forward to 2012 as much as I have any year in my lifetime. A lot of that has to do with some exciting things going on in my own life, but I’m also eagerly watching things happening around … Continue reading

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A Better Perspective on the Jenkins Situation

I’ve been wracking my brain the past week or so about how I could have better expressed my thoughts about what is happening with Matt Thompson, the Jenkins football program, and the school itself. I named this blog Polk Perspectives … Continue reading

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School Board’s Social Media Discussion Timely, Relevant

The Polk County School Board discussed an interesting topic on Wednesday during a special work session. Board members and district officials spent some time talking about comments by students on Facebook, specifically derogatory comments about teachers and administrators. At issue … Continue reading


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Some Polk County School Board Members Still Getting It Wrong

Kudos to the four School Board officials who voted Tuesday night to start over the process of naming a new Mulberry elementary school after former Superintendent Gail McKinzie. The story has played out quite a bit, and I already gave … Continue reading

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For Hazel Sellers, Hindsight Is 20/20

The Mulberry community finally had its say Tuesday night about what a new elementary school in the city should be named. The Polk County School Board voted months ago to name the new school after outgoing Superintendent Gail McKinzie, who … Continue reading

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School Board Should Relent, Drop McKinzie School Naming Idea

First, let me say I have a lot of respect for Gail McKinzie, Polk County’s former superintendent of schools. She did an admirable job as the first appointed superintendent in the county’s history, and was gracious with me in my … Continue reading

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