Polk County Public Schools Earn Top National Honors in 2012 Magna Awards | Families
BARTOW, FL (April 12, 2012) Polk County Public Schools has been selected as a first place winner in the American School Board Journal’s (ASBJ) 18th annual Magna Awards program. The Magna Awards recognize districts across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools. Polk County Public Schools was honored in the over 20,000 enrollment category.
Public County Public Schools was recognized for taking bold and innovative steps to improve educational programs and provide access to digital learning tools. School district officials established partnerships with neighborhood community centers and local internet service providers to bridge the digital divide in low-income areas located within the school district. The internet service companies provide either low-cost or free internet access to community centers. Polk County Public Schools donated refreshed computers to the community centers to create computer labs for students and local residents. Teachers provide computer skills training for residents seeking job opportunities and after-school help for students.
An independent panel of school board members, administrators and other educators selected the winners from 300 submissions. This year’s nominations came from 44 states.
The Magna Awards are supported by Sodexo School Services. Each of the grand-prize winning school districts will receive $4,000 in scholarship money during a special presentation at the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Annual Conference, to be held April 21-23 in Boston.
News Release courtesy of Polk County Public Schools.