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PCPS Begins Search for Next Superintendent of Schools; Web Page Unveiled

PCPS Begins Search for Next Superintendent of Schools; Web Page Unveiled

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The search for Polk County Public Schools’ next superintendent is officially underway.

PCPS has contracted with the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) to conduct the search for Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd’s successor.

In August, Byrd announced her retirement, which is now effective June 30, 2021.

The district has unveiled a new section of its website, polkschoolsfl.com/supersearch, which is dedicated to providing the community and prospective applicants with information about the search process.

On the website, visitors will find a timeline for the search, as well as links to videos of Polk County School Board discussions regarding the search process.

Working together, the FSBA and school board have developed a search process that will include:

  • Online surveys of community members and employees to identify the leadership qualities that are desired in the next superintendent.
  • Forums with community members, employees, students and parents to further understand what attributes the community would like to see in its next superintendent.
  • The formation of a citizens screening committee that will narrow the applicant pool to a group of finalists. The school board will finalize their appointments to this committee in January.

Finalists for the position will be interviewed in April, and a selection will be made by the end of that month. The new superintendent will transition alongside Byrd, learning about the district firsthand before officially taking the helm on July 1, 2021.

The district will update the website regularly as the search process continues.

“I encourage our students, staff, parents, and stakeholders to stay engaged and up-to-date on our search for the next superintendent,” said School Board Chairman Lori Cunningham.

“This is a critical position within our community. The greater the participation in our search process, the more likely we are to identify and hire the ideal next superintendent of schools.”

For more information, visit polkschoolsfl.com/supersearch.

Movie-style poster of the PCPS superintendent search process