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  • 3 - Number of Community School Planning Grants awarded in 2014-15

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Polk County to Pursue Community School Concept

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

District to Pursue Community School Concept
Principal of one in Orange County makes presentation

By Jeff Roslow, The Polk County News and Democrat

Members of the Polk County School District will pursue what it can do to place a community school in the district as officials seemed to think it would help the students, the teachers and the district.

Brought together by Franklin "Ed" Shoemaker, a mental health counselor and past candidate for the School Board, several representatives from the school district heard from Jenny Gibson-Linkh who has been principal of Evans Community School in Pine Hills for five years. She said in a short time after she started at Evans the concept of a community school had taken hold there and the school improved by two letter grades and the graduation rate increased by about 20 percent ...

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Polk County to Pursue Community School - Photo
Jenny Gibson-Linkh, the principal of Evans Community School in Orange County, talks
Friday, Nov. 18, to school district employees about what the community school has
accomplished to help students.  (Photo by Jeff Roslow)


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