The Polk County Board of Education announced their decision that assistant superintendent Greg Teems will be getting a temporary promotion at the Polk School District central office.

Board members unanimously approved tonight a contract with Teems that adds a one-time lump sum of $10,000 to his current salary for taking on the role of interim superintendent for the district. He also gets a $250 travel allowance as part of his contract, with the opportunity to seek additional funds after approval from the Board of Education if he needs to go out of the area for any business related to promoting the Polk School District or for any required training for his position.

The Board of Education also voted unanimously to allow for the district to waive the nepotism policy in his contract and in state rules, since Teems’ wife is also an administrator at the Polk School District’s central office.

Board attorney Mike McRae said that assistant superintendent Laurie Atkins would be directly involved in supervising Robyn Teems, the principal at Rockmart Middle School. 

McRae added that the nepotism clause could be waived because Teems had no desire to seek the role of superintendent permanently. 

Board chair Tommy Sanders said the board has hired a consultant James Wilson, who was previously the superintendent at Cobb and Fulton County schools.

"He will be assisting us in the search," Sanders said.

Previously, the board had approved Atkins to make recommendations to the board regarding action items up for vote and had given her the responsibility for overseeing banking issues on behalf of Polk School District.

Teems will now take on that role.

He said that he didn't want the role permanently at Polk School District because of the nepotism rule involving his wife, but that he would potentially look at taking on a superintendent role in another district in the future.

"We're going to try and move forward, and steer the district in the right direction," Teems said.

Now in his 30th year, Teems said he wanted to do what he could at this time for the district.