Atkins named school chief

The Board of Ed­u­ca­tion votes unan­i­mously to ap­prove a three-year con­tract with a lo­cal vet­eran ed­u­ca­tor.

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick Edi­tor

The Polk County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion kept their choice of a new su­per­in­ten­dent lo­cal with their unan­i­mous vote to ap­prove the con­tract for Lau­rie Atkins to take over the lead­er­ship of the school dis­trict.

Atkins, a long­time vet­eran of the Polk School Dis­trict, had most re­cently served as as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent in charge of in­struc­tion and as­sess­ment.

Board chair Tommy San­ders sought a raise of hands for the vote in the work ses­sion, and board mem­bers showed no hes­i­ta­tion in their unan­i­mous vote dur­ing the Sept. 5 work ses­sion.

“Mrs. Atkins has ded­i­cated her ca­reer to the stu­dents and teach­ers of Polk School Dis­trict,” said San­ders in a press re­lease from the board Tues­day. “It is only fit­ting that some­one with her ex­pe­ri­ence, knowl­edge and lead­er­ship skills be se­lected to lead the dis­trict as we con­tinue to progress for­ward.”

Other board mem­bers added their voices in praise for Atkins, all of who were ready to move for­ward as a dis­trict with their new leader.

Kevin Myrick / Stan­dard Jour­nal

New su­per­in­ten­dent Lau­rie Atkins (right) laughs fol­low­ing a brief quip by board Chair­man Tommy San­ders ask­ing her to take her chair with the board.

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