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Polk School District names new superintendent

January 7, 2021–7:00 p.m.


The Polk County School District has a new superintendent.

Dr. Katie Thomas replaces Laurie Atkins who is retiring at the end of the current school year.

Dr. Thomas is the current Assistant Superintendent of Innovation and Learning for the Polk County Schools, a job she has held since 2018.

She has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Polk County College and Career Academy.

Dr. Thomas was one of two-finalists for the job; the other was Dr. Travis Thomas, the Director of High Schools and Assessment with the Carroll County School System.