I believe that the principle and most of the staff actually do care for the children however there are many changes that I would like to see before I could recommend this school. They no longer have a library, recess time is very limited, they do not have physical education daily, no art, no music and as with most schools - they teach in alignment with what will be on the TCap test instead of what may actually be best for the children. The cafeteria food is very unhealthy - but again I don't think this is a problem with this specific school. I think the problem with American school lunches is pretty wide spread. As with any school, some of the teachers are better than others. However I do see a lot of caring that I don't know I would see from a larger school.
Great school! Well educated staff. I have never had an issue with anyone. Any time there was a problem it was handled immediately. Very family friendly. Parents are encouraged to participate in school events..there is no art or music..but this is not the schools fault...blame those higher up.
South Polk Elementary is a terrible school in every way. There is no art, music, or librarian and the playground is very old and in need of replacement. This is due to the gross budget cuts commissioned by the local county leaders while the superintendent drives a 70,000$ car paid for by his annual salary increases and the schools receive annual budget decreases. Some (maybe all?) of the teachers at this school do not have an education degree. Teachers do not communicate with the parents, yell at students, and discouraging parent involvement at school. There is a lot of bullying problems happening to average and disabled students and the teachers seem to have a "handle it yourself" policy and do nothing to intervene or reprimand the students unless parents go to the teacher and principal multiple times and insist that their child be listened to and protected. Even then not much is done and the problems continue. Some of the bullying is done by the teachers and encouraged by teachers. Students being bullied act as though they have been conditioned not to talk to their parents about what happens at school. This is a common issue with students and parents in every grade level.