Atkins named school chief
The Board of Education votes unanimously to approve a three-year contract with a local veteran educator.
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.
New superintendent Laurie Atkins (right) laughs following a brief quip by board Chairman Tommy Sanders asking her to take her chair with the board.