Principal-Multiple Vacancies
Polk County Schools - Bartow, FL

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PRINCIPAL – MULTIPLE VACANCIES

Polk County Public Schools -- Bartow, Florida

Polk County Public Schools, located in the Florida peninsula amid the High-Tech Corridor, educates more than 96,000 PreK-12 students and is the 8th largest school district in Florida and the 30th largest school district in the United States. Throughout the 2,010 square miles of Polk County, our schools offer a wide range of educational opportunities, including but not limited to International Baccalaureate programs at the middle and high school levels, arts programs, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) programs, PreK programs, more than 60 career academies, and other choice program options. The district employs more than 13,000 regular and part-time employees, and boasts numerous awards and honors: Kennedy Center’s Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association Award, College Board’s Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence District of the Year Award (2011), twelve Polk educators who were named Florida Teacher of the Year finalists with three winning the state title (currently held by Polk) and one becoming a U. S. finalist, and is home to the second-best high school in the nation according to Newsweek (2012-2013). For additional information about Polk County Public Schools please access the district web site: www.polk-fl.net

The Superintendent of Schools is currently seeking a dynamic and passionate Principal for the following schools:

Kathleen Senior High - As the school leader, the Principal of this urban school will play a pivotal role in leading a high-performing community of teachers and support administrators while enhancing a participatory, student-centered and rigorously outcomes-driven culture. The culture at Kathleen High School is one that is committed to cultivating a legacy of lifelong learners by providing the knowledge and skills needed to be successful, productive citizens. The students, staff, parents, and community are working together as a family to install a sense of P.R.I.D.E. in who they are, where they are, and what they are to become. They stand for the following: P reparedness, R espect, I ntegrity, D ependability, and Engagement. Kathleen High has career academies that are small, personalized learning communities that select a subset of students and teachers.

Bartow Middle - Bartow Middle School sits in the seat of Polk County and services approximately 850 students from grade 6 through grade 8 from the surrounding area. This Title I school offers several specialized programs and pre-academy tracks. The successful candidate for this school must be able to document school leadership that has resulted in strong academic growth for all students with a focus on closing the achievement gaps of particular student groups as well as demonstrating exceptional communication skills.

Lawton Chiles Middle - Lawton Chiles Middle Academy is one of the district’s middle school magnet programs with a stellar reputation! A global perspective is a part of Lawton Chiles Middle Academy as the school has adopted the Middle Years Programme (MYP), a program for middle school students from the highly acclaimed International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). Additionally, LCMA is accredited by AdvancEd. This math, science, and technology magnet school is located in historic downtown Lakeland, Florida. High expectations for academics, behavior, and attendance are evident school-wide. All students wear uniforms, encouraging an academically focused environment. LCMA has been recognized by the Florida Department of Education as being in the top ten percent of middle schools in the State of Florida.

Wahneta Elementary - All candidates should possess experiences in improving student achievement, and can thrive in a fast paced change-oriented environment. Candidates must be able to demonstrate their ability to motivate others to reach their full potential through monitoring, modeling and providing effective feedback. The successful candidate must be able to effectively communicate and interact with people across various cultures and will be held accountable for overseeing the structural and fiscal operations of the school.

QUALIFICATIONS : Candidates must satisfy eligibility requirements, including background check as mandated by Florida State laws; possess a Master’s Degree from an accredited educational institution; hold or be eligible for certification as a School Principal or a certification in accordance with applicable statute and/or rule; have a minimum of 5 years effective teaching experience and a minimum of 3 years effective experience as an assistant principal or in an equivalent non-school-based administrative position with 5 years preferred. SALARY is negotiable within the position salary range as follows:

High - $86,771-$100,738; Middle - $81,771-100,774; Elementary - $79,271-100,653. Plus competitive benefits.

Candidates selected for interview must be available for interviews during or about the first week of September 2014.

Candidates should submit, via email, a current resume containing verification of degree, certifications held and experience requirements along with any other supplemental material to Tanya.peavy@polk-fl.net (Phone: 863-534-0730 FAX – 863-534-0737) no later than the application deadline of August 31, 2014. Position start dates are TBD.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: All resumes, applications, and other materials submitted for this position are subject to the Florida Public Records Act and “Government in the Sunshine” provisions of Florida law. Resumes, applications, and other materials cannot be held in confidence.

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