Education news

The Polk County Board of Education were set to meet after press time this week for their opening meeting of 2018 with a new member ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work.

School board member Chris Culver was sworn in before the holidays to take over the seat left open by former board member Hal Floyd, and will serve through 2020 after winning a run-off vote in last year’s special election by a single ballot in early December.

Culver previously said “I look forward to continue moving Polk School District in a positive direction,” after he won the election and results were confirmed by a recount.

The board’s first meeting of the year with Culver in place will include the selection of a chair and vice chair for the year, discussion and potential vote on policy issues, and more according to Superintendent Laurie Atkins.

For Standard Journal readers who get the paper on Tuesday, the meeting will be held starting at 6 p.m. in the board meeting room at Polk School District’s Central office on South College Street in Cedartown.

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