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Polk County Board of Education WHITE OAK TOWNSHIP

The Polk County Board of Education is the local governing body of the County Public School System. Its members are elected in nonpartisan elections by townships and serve staggered 4-year terms.The 7-member school board has 5 primary responsibilities:1. Employ the superintendent2. Establish policy3. Determine annual operating and capital budgets4. Approve student assignment boundaries5. Oversee the management of the school district’s major systems, including budget and finance, curriculum and instruction, personnel and auxiliary services

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    Lucinda (Cindy) Allen

Biographical Information

What experiences have you had that will help you in your position on the school board? (1500 characters)

What do you think are the three greatest challenges facing our school system? (1500 characters)

On a scale of 1-10 how important do you think public pre-K is to student success.

Please explain why you ranked public Pre-K education as you did in the prior question.

Are there additional measures our schools/district should take to protect students? If so, what are they? (1500 characters)

What are the issues in recruiting and retaining qualified teachers? (1500 characters)

Contact Phone (828) 817-2728
email address callen@polkschools.org
My two sons attended Polk County Schools and I have been a member of the Polk County Board of Education for approximately 21 years.
This year we face unique challenges due to COVID-19. Budget and financing is always a challenge, but will be especially difficult this year as we face revenue pressure and uncertainty. Remote or virtual learning is another challenge. We discovered when schools were closed that there is a great digital divide in our county. Many families have no or poor internet connections. How can we best serve those students is an important question we will be trying to answer. Creating a virtual curriculum will also be a challenge. How do we reorient our students at the beginning of the new school year and help them create new habits and routines. We also want to be sure we are supporting our teachers and administrators as they are facing new and difficult challenges.
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Polk County Board of Education has implemented policies and procedures that are protecting our students. During this time of protest, there have been calls to remove resource officers from our schools, but I believe is it important to the safety of our students to keep those officers in place.
As benefits to teachers continue to be cut by the legislature, it is a challenge to recruit and retain teachers. We try to promote an atmosphere in Polk County where teachers feel valued and appreciated and are treated as the professionals that they are.