Like any kid teetering on the brink of failing a class, Bartow Middle School is buckling down and hitting the books. Teachers are being monitored, classroom methods are being evaluated and coaches from the Polk County School District office are stepping in to help.
Bartow Middle School is one of 10 Polk schools that earned a D or lower in last spring’s Department of Education rating system which put the school into the “turnaround” mode, says Deputy School Superintendent Jackie Byrd.
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