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 2,200 students and 400 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.

Based on the percentage of students meeting the Grade Level Proficiency standard, Polk County Schools has frequently been ranked as one of the best school systems in NC.

2018-2019 – Ranked #2
2017-2018 – Ranked #1
2016-2017 – Ranked #2
2015-2016 – Ranked #2
2014-2015 – Ranked #3

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Employment Opportunities
Please click on Vacancies below to view current vacancies and/or to complete an application.
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 Tonya Odel,  todel@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
Optional contribution to several Insurance and Annuity Plans
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