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Frequently Asked Questions

We want to make sure that throughout the process of exploring the possibilities of becoming a conversion charter school that all information is publicly displayed as well as dismiss any rumors that may arise.  Please feel free to place comments or questions on this page.  We will do our best in replying to all comments and questions both personally and publicly.

You can either place your comments and questions at the bottom of this page or click here for the Contact Us page and fill our a form to send to us.


 

Question:
Who will be able to attend Lakeland Senior High school if it becomes a charter school?

All students zoned for Lakeland High School automaticaly attend LHS unless and until the student/parent selects another district school.   Students outside the LHS school zone will be accepted as space permits.

 


Question:
In the planning stages, are all students in Lakeland’s zone going to be given equal opportunity to attend?

All students zoned for Lakeland High School automaticaly attend LHS unless and until the student/parent selects another district school.   Students outside the LHS school zone will be accepted as space permits.

 


Question: 
Is the charter movement at Lakeland High School a veiled attempt to be elitist or exclusive?

No.  All students—regardless of race, culture, ability, or background—will be given equal opportunity to participate in the offerings of this charter.  A wide variety of “academies” will allow every student to participate in the LHS charter experience.

 


Question: 
If Harrison becomes part of the LHS charter system, will their departments or programs cease to exist?

The charter will incorporate a unique arts program.  Maintaining the  integrity of the Harrison program, including criteria for participation and availability to all Polk County students, is priority.

 


Question:
Will students be required to wear uniforms?

A charter has the prerogative of requiring uniforms, but little discussion has occurred, and no decision has been made.

 


Question: 
Will the length of the school day change?

A charter has the right and ability to set start and end times, period length, and frequency of class meeting.  To meet the needs of our diverse population, all options are being explored; no decisions have been finalized..

 


Question:
What are the major reasons for any charter school to separate from the county system?

Self-determination and self-governance are two major reasons.  It is believed that a charter board would more efficiently and effectively educate the students in its zone because it knows the unique needs of its community.

 


Question: 
When will parents be allowed to vote on the charter?

Parents are welcome to have input at any time.  In an effort to be transparent with our process at Lakeland High School, information about the committees’ work will be posted at this site.  Teachers will vote on or around May 1 after the charter draft is written.  If 50% or more of the faculty vote in favor, parents will be asked to vote—either by mail or by coming to the school.  A 50% vote of teachers will also be needed for the charter application to proceed.

 


Question: 
Will Harrison faculty vote on Lakeland’s charter, and will Lakeland faculty vote on Harrison’s charter?

 Charter law states that any faculty member that will be affected by the proposed charter has a voice.

 


Question: 
What is the deadline for submitting the charter school application to the county?

 August 1, 2012

 


Question: 
When would Lakeland High School open as a charter school?

 August, 2013

 


Question: 
If the county does not approve the charter after August 1, can that decision be appealed?

 Yes.  State charter law allows appeal to the state Department of Education.


14 Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Randy Glotfelty says:

    With the incorporated unique arts program of the charter retain any of the current Harrison faculty?

    • LHS Charter says:

      The plan includes retention of all faculty; however, individual faculty members have the option to stay with the district and be placed at another school or make the transition with the charter.

  • Randy Glotfelty says:

    Will Harrison students who have currently been selected to participate in the departments of their discipline be able to retain their spots regardless of zoning?

    • LHS Charter says:

      Any students currently attending LHS and in the Harrison program will have the choice to stay in their respective programs.

  • Randy Glotfelty says:

    As a Harrison Parent I have been able to see first hand what Harrison integrity means. Will part of the priority in keeping with this integrity require participants to audition for these available spots?

    • LHS Charter says:

      As the plan is currently being written, yes. The application process for Harrison programs will remain intact, including the auditions.

  • Stephen says:

    Since this school will become a joint venture between LHS and Harrison, will the teachers of each respective school not first have to vote independently to merge into one school before a conversion application may be completed?

  • robert walls says:

    How will the school function properly without the support of the school systems maintainence such as computer, networking, audio visual,wiring and data etc?

    • LHS Charter says:

      Any services related to student data will still be provided by the Polk County School Board. (Example: Genesis/SAP) The teacher-led committees are investigating the most cost efficient way to maintain and improve the schools technology infrastructure. For example, there are organizations such as L3 that can provide technology support as they do for the Okaloosa County School Board. There is a precedence of other Polk County charters contracting back to Polk County School board to service their schools. The planning year provides time for the charter to thoroughly investigate any and all possibilities.

  • Kathy says:

    Will the charter school have ESE programs with inclusion opportunities?

    • LHS Charter says:

      The committee that is developing the portion of the charter addressing ESE and ESOL Student Services is committed to providing the exceptional educational opportunities for students to learn both inside and outside of the classroom. Charter schools are able to enhance all special programs while continuing to provide an inclusive educational setting that meets the individual needs of all students. More details will be provided as our teacher-led committees continue to work through this process.

  • jessica says:

    How is this going to effect the students that are already attending Lakeland High School and are in an academy but are not zoned for Lakeland High School?

    • LHS Charter says:

      Students that are already attending Lakeland High School will not be affected and they will have the choice to continue attending LHS. If a student is not zoned for Lakeland High School they will be able to apply for a career academy, academics, or arts track as they have done with career academies in the past. The process for application will most likely be the same for our current career academies. The first school year as a charter would be the Fall of 2013.