Polk County, Florida officially became Florida’s 39th county in 1861, created out of the former eastern half of Hillsborough County. Polk County lies at the state’s geographic center with an estimated population of 602,000. The 4th largest county in Florida, Polk County maintains over 4,303 acres of public parkland, as well as the 48,156 acre Lake Kissimmee State Park.
In the News: Lawyers in Polk County recently argued on both sides of a lawsuit against the local school district. The lawsuit, filed by an autistic plaintiff, alleged the Polk County School Board did not provide an “adequate” and “appropriate” education to the student under the U.S. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The school graduated the student at the age of 18. The student claimed he should have been educated until the age of 21; however, the school board argued that he met all the testing, GPA, and other requirements for graduation. The parties avoided trial, agreeing to a $475,000 settlement.
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