Dear Polk School District Family,
I would like to take this opportunity to say I am honored and very excited to be your new superintendent. I have had the pleasure of calling Polk School District home for going on twenty-six years. I take very seriously that the parents of Polk County have entrusted the young people of this community to our care. I have no doubt that our fine faculties and staff will strive to give their best, day in and day out to work with me as a team to make the best educational opportunities available to our students.
Since August I have been able to visit within all ten schools and the college and career academy. I am energized and feel very enthusiastic about the teaching and learning taking place. Whereas I am optimistic about our district’s bright future, I also realize that we all still have plenty of work to do in order to provide the excellent education our students deserve.
One way to accomplish this is to work toward improving and developing effective and collaborative relationships with students, teachers, parents, administrators, school board, and community members through open, honest collaboration and communication. Over the years, I have gradually realized that no matter what my talents are, I cannot go very far without other people. However, with the talents, input, creativity and potential of others, the sky’s the limit. I look forward to the partnerships we can form within our schools. To that end, I want to encourage our parents and community members to get involved with the Polk School District family, and help us make this a spectacular new year!
Laurie Atkins, Superintendent
Polk School District