Employment Opportunities

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Polk County Schools is located in the Foothills of the NC mountains. Surrounded by beautiful landscape and conveniently located only 45 minutes from the diverse cities of Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC. Our school system is recognized as one of the most accomplished school districts on both the State and National level.

Polk County School district hosts approximately 2,500 students and 450 faculty and staff. We pride ourselves in positive and supportive relationships with those students and staff, as well as our parents and community members. We invite you to join us in our journey to advance ourselves, our students and our community toward a better future.

In 2015, Polk County High School was named in the US News and World report as one of the top High Schools in the nation.

Based on the percentage of students meeting the Grade Level Proficiency standard, Polk County Schools ranked as the 3rd highest performing school system in NC for combined student performance on both End of Grade and End of Course tests.

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The Polk County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  

Please direct inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies to the Personnel Office, Polk County Schools, P.O. Box 638, 125 East Mills Street, Columbus, NC  28722.  Phone - 828-894-3051 or email Rachael Haynes-Wood,  rhaynes-wood@polkschools.org.

All employees of Polk County Schools work daily to meet the goal of providing an inviting educational environment for our children. To maintain the high quality staff we already have in place, and to encourage new staff members to move to the area, Polk County Schools offers the following state and local benefits to our employees.

Employment Information

State Benefits:
Salaries based upon the State or Local Salary Schedule
Contributions to the State Retirement Plan
Employee Health Insurance with the option to cover your family
Accumulation of Annual Leave Days and Sick Leave Days at State rates
Longevity Pay after ten years of service
Optional contribution to several Insurance and Annuity Plans

Additional Local Benefits for Licensed Employees:
Local supplement equal to 4.5% of your salary
Eligible for the annual Priscilla & Ellis D. Slater Excellence in Teaching Award