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New Polk schools superintendent takes oath

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POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Polk County has a brand new superintendent who took the oath of office today. Kathryn LeRoy was sworn in during her very first school board meeting in Bartow this afternoon.


LeRoy, 55, has officially been on the job for seven days and is already laying out plans for her top priorities. Student achievement is number one on that list, so LeRoy presented board members and the public with some of Polk's latest FCAT scores.

"I made a commitment to the board, made a commitment to Polk County and so I think we need to know what our starting point is, and we can't ignore the scores because that's our baseline," LeRoy said.

Another top agenda item for LeRoy is reducing some of the workload for teachers.

"A lot of their time requires a lot of paperwork and a lot of redundancy," she said. "I've already met with the union president. We've already sent out a joint e-mail to all of our teachers. They've taken a survey so we can start to look at are there some things we can take off of teacher's plates so that they can teach."

Transparency is also very important to LeRoy who says she knows, as a newcomer to Polk County, she will have to build trust among administrators, staff, parents and students. But her top priority remains the students.

"I believe the district office is a support system for schools, and so I also believe that we have a very important role around customer service. Our children are our customers," LeRoy said.

LeRoy signed a three year contract and will make $225,000 annually. 

 

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