Seven candidates are moving forward as semifinalists for the next superintendent of Polk County Public Schools!
More than 50 people submitted applications for the job. At Tuesday night’s meeting, school board members voted unanimously to keep seven candidates in the running for the position.
Click on the names of the semifinalists below to read their applications and find out more about them.
A volunteer committee of citizens identified these seven candidates as their top recommendations.
“I would like to express once again my sincere appreciation to each committee member for taking time out of your busy schedules to assist our board in this fashion,” said School Board Chairman Lori Cunningham.
The school board was not restricted to these seven candidates and could remove or add any of the applicants who applied for the position.
“The consensus of the board was to move forward with the seven candidates that were presented to us by the Citizens Screening Committee,” said Cunningham. “It was really important to me that we honor the work that they put in.”
The semifinalists will be asked to submit written/video responses to a series of questions. Their responses will be posted to the super search page.
The school board will review these responses and meet on April 13 to decide who should become finalists for in-person interviews.
The school board conducted a special work session on Tuesday morning (click here for the video) to discuss and plan upcoming aspects of the search, including community tours for finalists and various in-person and virtual opportunities for the public to meet with them.
Keep checking the super search page for the latest news and developments.
Semifinalists for PCPS Superintendent
Dr. Harold R. Border — Chief of High Schools, Orange County Public Schools (Orlando, Fla.)
Dr. Jennifer Cupid-McCoy — Area Superintendent – West Learning Community, Orange County Public Schools (Orlando, Fla.)
Dr. James P. McIntyre, Jr. — Assistant Professor of Practice & Director, Center for Educational Leadership University of Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Michael J. Ramirez — Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Denver Public Schools (Denver, Colo.)
Frederick R. Heid — Superintendent, Community Unit School District (Algonquin, Ill.)
Dr. T. Nakia Towns —Deputy Superintendent, Hamilton County Department of Education (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Dr. Antoine L. Hickman — Chief of Student Support Initiatives and Recovery, Broward County Public Schools (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)