Five finalists vying to become the next superintendent of Polk County Public Schools will take part in a whirlwind of activities next week.
Polk County School Board members will come together as a group on Wednesday and Thursday to conduct interviews with each finalist.
The public is invited to attend the school board interviews, which will later be posted to YouTube. Each interview will last approximately two hours, and take place at the Jim Miles Professional Development Center, 4270 Wallace Road in Lakeland.
Here is the school board interview schedule:
Wed., April 21
• 8:30 a.m. — Dr. Harold R. Border
• 10:45 a.m. — Dr. James P. McIntyre, Jr.
• 1:45 p.m. — Michael J. Ramirez
Thurs., April 22
• 9 a.m. — Frederick R. Heid
• 11:30 a.m. — Dr. T. Nakia Towns
The finalists will also take part in a virtual Q&A session on Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.
The virtual Q&A session will be broadcast live via YouTube. The public can submit questions using a link which will be posted to the Super Search page on Thursday morning. They can also leave feedback about the finalists using another link that will be posted to the Super Search page.
During their stay in Polk County, the finalists will do more than just answer questions. They will tour schools and visit other important locations for a glimpse into Polk’s rich history, diversity, industry and culture. There will also be opportunities for them to interact with the community: Two community meet-and-greets are planned, as well as one specifically for PCPS employees.
One community meet-and-greet will be held on Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lake Eva Center, 799 Johns Ave. in Haines City. The other will take place on Thursday from 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Jim Miles Professional Development Center. The public is invited to attend these meet-and-greets and interact with the finalists in person.
PCPS employees will also have their own meet-and-greet on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Jim Miles Professional Development Center.