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 …