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Updated: 09/25/2013 08:00:01AM

Pupil accounting now offering online records request

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Christine Roslow

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Polk County Public Schools is offering former students an online option to request student records or transcripts. To access the online request form visit: The documents that may be requested by Polk County Public Schools alumni include high school transcripts, proof of age, a copy of a birth certificate, psychological records, ACT test scores, SAT test scores, Exceptional Student Education records, immunization records and vocational records.

Once an online request is filled, it will be processed during normal business hours and should take about seven business days for processing. There is a $4 convenience fee for each transaction. If there is a problem locating the requested records, the individual who made the request will be contacted via the email address provided. Corporations, universities or attorneys requesting a high school transcript or verification of graduation will be charged a $7 convenience fee, the school district said.

Members of the public who have additional questions, are asked to contact Pupil Accounting and Records at 863-519-3925 or via mail at Polk County Public Schools, Pupil Accounting and Records, P.O. Box 391, Bartow, FL 33831.

Kaitlyn Croom enrolls at University of Evansville

Kaitlyn Croom of Bartow enrolled at the University of Evansville. Croom, majoring in Music Therapy, joins an entering class of 543 students who represent 28 states and 20 countries.

“For more than 150 years, the University of Evansville has been committed to providing a personal and meaningful educational experience for students such as Kaitlyn Croom,” said UE President Thomas A. Kazee. “Our small, close-knit community will give Kaitlyn the opportunity to make an impact in college and beyond while flourishing under guidance from talented faculty. It’s a pleasure to welcome Kaitlyn to the University of Evansville.”

The University of Evansville is a private, liberal arts-based university in Evansville, Ind., with a full-time undergraduate enrollment of approximately 2,300. UE’s student body represents 41 states and 54 countries, the school said.

Essays for Dr. King challenge now being accepted

Chances for students to read their essays at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Challenge is underway.

The school system is taking submissions for the challenge and winners can get a cash prize for for first, second and third places.

Students in K-12 are encouraged to write about “Realizing the Dream” by expanding on what King had envisioned or hoped to see and what they can do today to promote and advance King’s dream of equality.

The contest has three categories. Students in the elementary category — grades K to five — are asked to submit essays of no more than 100 words. Middle school students — grades six to eight — are asked to submit essays from 100 to 200 words. Students in the high school category — grades nine to 12 — are asked to submit essays from 200 to 300 words.

First-place prize winners in each category will receive $500. Second-place winners will receive $250, and third-place prize winners will receive $100. All first- place winners will read their essays at the annual MLK Breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The breakfast is scheduled to be held at the Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow.

For questions about contest details or submission criteria, call Diane Plowden, Curriculum Specialist at 863-534-0623 or email or Diane Conley, Curriculum Coordinator at 863-534-7071 or Additional information can be found at

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