The Polk County Board of Education named Dr. Katie Thomas as their next Superintendent during a special called meeting this week.

Thomas currently serves as Assistant Superintendent and the CEO of the Polk County College and Career Academy.

She will take over her new role on June 1.

Current Superintendent Laurie Atkins announced her retirement late last year.

She said by message she was excited by tonight’s announcement.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected to serve as the next Superintendent of Polk School District. I have been fortunate to be trained by Mrs. Laurie Atkins who has been instrumental in driving change over the last several years; and, I look forward to continuing in that same direction,” she said. “This is more than just a job to me, it’s personal–and I am committed to supporting the staff, students and Polk County community by providing a one-of-a-kind, 21st century educational experience. I am grateful to the Polk School District Board of Education for their vote of confidence and continued support.”