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Polk schools have 19 applicants so far for superintendent

Written by Mamie M. Arndt

BARTOW — Polk County Public Schools currently has 19 contenders for the superintendent of schools position, ranging from the former chancellor of Washington, D.C., Public Schools to a retired Army Ohio National Guard colonel and former school superintendent, to the current Haines City High School principal. 

The list will be reviewed by more than three dozen community members to see which candidates rise to the level of leadership necessary to run one of the largest school districts in the country, with more than 100,000 students and 13,000 employees. 

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The district continues to receive applications, with a Jan. 31 deadline at midnight for the final applications to be submitted.  

Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd announced her retirement in May. Her successor is scheduled to be selected at the April 27 board meeting. 

The applicants so far are: 

Wayne Alexander, Ed.D. — Serves as a school principal (PK-8) in “the largest multi-cultural school in Connecticut.” He is also the former Hernando County schools superintendent, serving between 2007 and 2009. He has served as a teacher and administrator for 34 years.  

Adam Lane — The Haines City High School and Haines City International Baccalaureate principal, a position he has held for the last six years. He also helped develop and implement an IB program at Largo High School, which aided in the “consecutive D school” to move to an A grade within two years. At HCHS, he has lowered all discipline referrals by 31%, while increasing the attendance rate and improving the graduation rate by 12% in a four-year period. 

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Mamie M. Arndt