The search is on for Polk County Public Schools’ next superintendent! Working with the Florida School Boards Association, teachers, staff, community members, and a team of student super(intendent) sleuths, we are seeking a superintendent who will unite our employees, rally the support of our stakeholders, forge a brighter future for our district, and always put Students First. Check this page regularly for updates on the search process and ways you can be involved in selecting our school district’s next leader.



At Polk County Public Schools, when we say we put Students First, we mean we put them at the center of everything — even the search for our next superintendent. To help us find our next leader, we’ve recruited a team of student super(intendent) sleuths. Like all of our students, each of our sleuths has unique abilities, backgrounds, challenges and ambitions. Combined, they form an unstoppable search force. Meet the sleuths, and find out what they’re looking for in our next superintendent of schools.


Polk County Public Schools and the Florida School Boards Association aim to have a new superintendent of schools in place by July 1, 2021. The process until then includes surveys, community forums and interviews with candidates. Take a look at the search timeline below.

August 22, 2020
Board work session — Initial discussion regarding search timeline and associated activities (2 p.m.)
September 3, 2020
Special board work session — pre-search discussion and review of draft timeline (1 p.m.)
September 29, 2020
Special board work session — Review of revised timeline; update on dates/format of community, staff and student forums; initial review of online survey for community and staff; discuss and review school board policy 1020 and superintendent job description, if applicable; website search portal update (1 p.m.)
October 2, 2020
Press release/social media announcing: 1) superintendent search, 2) on-line surveys, 3) community & staff forums and 4) website search portal
October 12, 2020
Online community and staff surveys go live
October 13, 2020
Board work session — Discussion regarding citizens screening committee membership, review draft search brochure (11:30 a.m.)
October 19, 2020
Community Forum — Jim Miles Professional Development Center, 4270 Wallace Road, Lakeland, 6 p.m., with welcome by School Board member Kay Fields
October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020 Community Forum — Winter Haven High School cafeteria, 600 6th St. SE, Winter Haven, 6 p.m., with welcome by School Board member
Sara Beth Reynolds
October 21, 2020
Administrative staff forum — Winter Haven High School cafeteria, 600 6th St. SE, Winter Haven, 4:30 p.m., with welcome by School Board Vice Chairman Lynn Wilson

Instructional and educational support staff forum — Winter Haven High School cafeteria, 6 p.m., with welcome by School Board member Lisa Miller
October 22, 2020
Student forum - Virtual Format (12:30 p.m.) with welcome by School Board member Billy Townsend

Community forum — Haines City High School cafeteria, 2800 Hornet Drive, Haines City, 6 p.m., with welcome by School Board Chairman Lori Cunningham
November 12, 2020
Online surveys close
Week of November 16, 2020
Survey results provided to board members
November 23-27, 2020
Fall break
November 30, 2020
Special board work session — Determine qualities and characteristics needed in the next superintendent, salary range, minimum/preferred qualifications, length of contract offered, and contents of application packet; identify venues for advertisements; finalize search brochure; discuss membership of citizens screening committee and rules of procedure; review timeline (1 p.m.)
December 4, 2020
Advertisements posted — Application period begins (NOTE: Upon receipt of completed applicant packets, applicant packets will be submitted to board members electronically and posted within the superintendent search website portal.)
December 21, 2020 thru January 1, 2021
Winter break