Qualities We Seek:

Extensive community input resulted in the identification of desired qualities of the next Superintendent. Candidates must demonstrate a proven record of exemplary leadership that includes the following qualities:

  • Proven success as an instructional leader, including experience turning around low-performing schools.
  • Available, accessible and visible to the School Board, schools, students and the community; commitment to become deeply engaged in the greater Polk community.
  • Successful experience addressing COVID challenges, school safety issues, and social/emotional needs of students and staff.
  • Inspires and builds trust, and models high standards of professionalism, integrity and ethics.
  • Collaborates with the School Board to update the Strategic Plan; identifies and oversees commitment to measurable goals that are aligned with the budget.
  • Has the ability to analyze and articulate priorities in large budgets and understands the complexities of the Florida Educational Finance Program (FEFP).
  • Respects cultural differences and celebrates diversity.
  • Works with legislators, city and county leaders to enhance educational possibilities.
  • Collaborates with local and regional business and non-profit leaders to develop and support career, technical, and other district programs.
  • Provides leadership for programs to meet the needs of students with disabilities and other special needs.
  • Champions the arts and athletics as they contribute to academic success.
  • Proven leadership in human resources, finance, and business operations—specifically transportation, facilities, maintenance, food service, new construction and technology areas.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited institution.
  • Ten (10) years of educational, or equivalent business or governmental, experience with at least five (5) years in an executive leadership position.
  • Must be domiciled/maintain homestead in Polk County within six (6) months of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate Degree
  • Experience in a school district of at least 25,000 students or a comparatively sized government or business organization.
  • Experience as Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Principal or position of similar responsibility in a government or business organization.

School Board Members

Lori Cunningham — District 2
School Board Chairman

Kay Fields — District 5
School Board Vice Chairman

William Allen — District 1

Sarah Fortney — District 3

Sara Beth Reynolds — District 4

Lynn Wilson — District 6

Lisa Miller — District 7


For more information, contact the Florida School Boards Association:

Andrea Messina
Executive Director

Dr. Bill Vogel

John Reichert

Important Notice:

All resumes, applications and other materials submitted for this position are subject to the Florida Public Records Act and “Government in the Sunshine” provisions of Florida law. The names of applicants, resumes and other materials submitted cannot be held in confidence, and are open to the public once received. Applicants who are selected as finalists will be interviewed by the Board in the public.

Contract Terms:

The position start date is July 1, 2021 with a mutually agreeable transition period beginning in May 2021.
The School Board is prepared to offer a three-year contract with a salary range of $215,000- $275,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications, plus competitive benefits.

Application Process:

  • Application Process and Deadline – To apply, candidates must complete and submit the following:
  • A resume with a signed cover letter
  • A maximum of three letters of professional recommendation
  • Documents verifying current certifications, and a copy of college transcripts reflecting the highest degree held (copies of transcript are acceptable but official transcripts are required prior to employment)
  • All application materials referenced above must be emailed to jlreichert9@gmail.com and received no later than the application deadline of midnight on January 31, 2021.

The School Board of Polk County, FL prohibits any and all forms of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, age, gender, marital status, disability, genetic information, or other basis prohibited by law in any of its programs, services, activities or employment practices. The Board is committed to taking immediate action to eliminate harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. Students, parents, and district staff are encouraged to work together to prevent harassment. Any student who believes that he or she has been subjected to harassment on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, age, gender, marital status, disability, genetic information, or other basis prohibited by law is encouraged to report the harassment to the district. Students or employees found to have engaged in acts of such harassment will be promptly disciplined including, if circumstances warrant, suspension or expulsion for students, or suspension or termination for employees.