Education news

Look for the Polk School District to get a new leader in their ranks soon as the Board of Education announced last week that the search of a new superintendent has started.

According to a statement from the district's website posted on Wednesday, they seek to be an effective school board by never believing that "they know what the community wants, without talking to the community first to validate the expectations."

"We feel that the community plays an integral role in the process," the statement read.

To that end, the Polk County Board of Education wants to hear what the community has to say about the hiring of a new superintendent, and has setup two community input meetings to share information with the public.

"These meetings are open to the public and attendees that desire to address the board will have an opportunity to sign-in at the meeting and be allowed to express the qualities they seek in a superintendent," the statement read.

The first meeting is coming up in Rockmart next week on June 20 at Georgia Northwestern Technical College's auditorium, located at 466 Brock Road. The meeting will start at 6 p.m.

Board members will also be meeting in Cedartown to hear community input as well, gathering at the Polk County College and Career Academy's new campus at Cedartown High School on June 27.

That meeting is set to start at 6 p.m. as well on the high school campus located at 167 Frank Lott Drive, Cedartown.

For those who can't make it to either meeting on June 20 or June 27, the board has also put in place a comment system online with the announcement which can be found at www.polk.k12.ga.us.

Along with the meetings, the Board of Education announced when they approved interim superintendent Greg Teems to serve that they would be hiring a consultant to help with the search process as well.

Teems has been serving the role since earlier this spring when he was appointed to the interim position, serving until a new superintendent is hired to replace Dr. Darrell Wetherington, who resigned in late February following scandal at the beginning of his administration which started in January of this year. He later was served with a temporary protection order from the court filed by his estranged wife, Jennifer Wetherington, which was extended for a year in court in May.

The board was set to meet for the second time in June after their community input session last week on June 6 to go over several items during their 6 p.m. meeting, which did not have an agenda by press time over the weekend.

Board members had previously heard from Cedartown Middle School educator Jennifer Hulsey about her new Take Back Polk program (see Page A8) and Van Wert parent and school council member Heather Jenkins about their wishes to keep principal Shannon Hulsey and and vice principal Jonathan Thomas.

Whether that move was undertaken was still up in the air for public consumption, since no personnel list had yet been published by the Board of Education as of press time this past weekend as well, despite their voting on new personnel and making the appropriate notifications last week.

Teems had said as of last Thursday that those notifications were still ongoing.

Check back for more on the search and upcoming meetings involving the new superintendent search in coming editions of the Standard Journal.