Jill Sessions is your candidate for
Polk County School Board District 7.

She is a native of Florida who lives in Lakeland. She has 3 children in their mid-30s, all who have  graduated from college. She decided to run for the school board to make a positive, broad impact on the public education system in Polk County.

Jill is the perfect candidate to lead Polk County Schools though the challenges they are facing: teacher and staff shortages, rapid increase in the need for more classrooms, budget constraints, the need to raise academic achievement, and community demands for more transparency and workforce ready graduates.

Jill has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of South Florida and an MBA from the University of Tampa. She worked for Tampa Electric Company for 28 years, mostly as a project manager in commercial and industrial construction and also in Regulatory Affairs as a business analyst and economic researcher. She worked for the City of Tampa for 5 years as the Manager of Audit and Contracts for the Solid Waste Department, managing over $100M in contracts. She is currently Director of Solid Waste for the City of Plant City, where she has served the community for over 6 years. She has worked as Adjunct Professor of Economics for over 7 years for Southern New Hampshire University.

Jill is a proven transformational business leader in the private and public sectors. Her extensive experience in budgeting, contract management, process auditing, project management, labor unions, and on-line learning platforms will be of significant value as a member of the Polk County School Board.

Jill will take an active role in improving the quality of education for all students and strengthening the focus of curriculum on reading, writing, math and civics. She will work to make Polk’s school system one that turns out workforce-ready adults who contribute positively to the communities in which they live and work.

Jill Sessions’ Mission

Jill is committed to:

  • Improve Fiscal Responsibility

    Jill will use her authority as a Board member to ensure money is spent to maximize outcomes for students and teachers; secure resources proven to help students learn things that matter, such as reading, writing, math, and civics; and continually evaluate the School Improvement Plan.

  • Identify Strategies to Increase Parental Involvement

    Jill will hold the Board accountable to students, parents, staff, and the community for the quality of the educational experience; improve the 2-way communication and transparency with parents; and make it easier for parents to review instructional and supplemental material.

  • Increase Workforce Readiness

    Jill will seek strategies to: raise the percentage of students performing at grade level in language arts and math; work with local business and government leaders to ensure students are acquiring the skills needed for careers in the community; expand access for all students to specialized training and college-level courses.

  • Improve Pay and Benefits

    Jill will identify ways to attract and retain qualified teachers and staff; ensure fairness in the process of development and promotional opportunities; and increase ways to reward top performers.

How You Can Help

Your contribution, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated. Consider making an online donation today to support Jill Sessions. Click “Donate Now” to make a donation of any dollar amount you choose.

How You Can Help

Your contribution, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated. Consider making an online donation today to support Jill Sessions. Click “Donate Now” to make a donation of any dollar amount you choose.

Jill Sessions Mission

Jill is committed to:

  • Improve the academic achievement of students

  • Increase transparency of the school board with all stakeholders

  • Increase fiscal responsibility

  • Increase the focus of school curriculum on academics

  • Improve pay and benefits for teachers