Polk County School Board District 4

Rebekah Ricks – Candidate for Polk County School Board, District 4

Rebekah Ricks – Candidate for Polk County School Board, District 4




Equitable Access: Advocate for equitable access to quality education for all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or background. Support policies that ensure special education services and resources for students with disabilities.

School Choice: Support the right of parents to choose the best educational setting for their children, including public, charter, and private schools.

Student Safety: Prioritize creating a safe and inclusive environment in schools, implementing anti-bullying programs and mental health support services.


Adequate Funding: Advocate for increased funding for public schools to ensure they have the necessary resources to provide a high-quality education. This includes updating facilities, providing modern technology, and ensuring access to textbooks and supplies.

Teacher Support: Ensure competitive salaries and benefits for teachers, along with professional development opportunities to help them grow in their careers.

Community Involvement: Promote partnerships between schools, families, and local communities to enhance educational opportunities and resources available to students.


Academic Achievement: Implement data-driven strategies to improve student performance and close achievement gaps. Support programs that have a proven track record of success.

Career and College Readiness: Ensure that students are prepared for life after high school, whether they choose to pursue higher education or enter the workforce. This includes expanding vocational and technical training programs.

Accountability: Advocate for transparent and accountable school governance, ensuring that resources are used effectively and that schools are held accountable for student outcomes.

By focusing on these key areas, we can create a more equitable, resource-rich, and results-oriented education system for all students.


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Sara Beth Wyatt – Candidate for Polk County School Board, District 4

Meet Sara Beth Wyatt – Candidate for Polk County School Board, District 4

Sara Beth is a Winter Haven native and proud product of Polk County Public Schools. Currently serving her second term on the School Board, she holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from the University of Florida and master’s degrees in public administration and nonprofit management from the University of Central Florida.

Sara Beth previously served as the Program Manager for the Randy Roberts Foundation and the Director of Development at Theatre Winter Haven. Most recently, she served as the President & CEO of the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to serving as the PCPS Board Chair from 2021-2023, Wyatt serves as the Board liaison for Polk Vision’s Board of Directors, the Polk Academies Advisory Board, and the Polk Value Adjustment Board. She is a graduate of Leadership Winter Haven’s Class 38, Leadership Polk Class 15 and Leadership Florida’s Education Class IV. She is a recipient of the Florida School Board Association’s 2017 Emerging Leader Award and the 2021 Polk Emerging Leader Award. Sara Beth is board member and volunteer for Winter Haven’s Public Education Partnership, the Randy Roberts Foundation and she attends Redeemer City Church in Winter Haven. With strong family ties in Polk County, Sara Beth is thrilled to be back home to continue Polk County’s legacy of being a great place to live, learn, work and play, while raising her own family.

Website:  sarabethwyatt.com

Facebook: facebook.com/sarabethpcsb4

Donate: http://sarabethwyatt.com/#donate

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 863.604.2023