WINNSBORO — The Fairfield County School Board approved extending Superintendent Dr. J.R. Green’s contract through 2022 following his annual review at the last board of education meeting.
As is usually the case with the school board, things were lively with several board members offering up opinions on several aspects of the contract.
Green’s performance was evaluated based on several areas of performance: community engagement, student achievement, leadership, learning environment, and fiscal management.
The evaluation form utilized was presented to school board members at the regularly scheduled November meeting.
Of the six board members, only four submitted their evaluations. Each reflected exemplary performance in all areas from Green with hopes for continued improvement.
Evaluations were not submitted by board members Paula Hartman and Annie McDaniel. Neither was able to provide comment prior to the publication deadline.
Some concerns were raised with the evaluation process, which has been utilized at least since Green was brought in by the district, by board members.
McDaniel voiced concern over the content of the evaluation.
“I am deeply concerned that there are not goals and objectives set, and this has been a concern every year that we’ve used this instrument. This is not the instrument that the school board association recommends be used,” she said.
McDaniel did approve, however, of the performance areas.
Following the evaluation, the board voted on the amendment to extend Green’s contract and again concerns were raised.
McDaniel and Hartman both voiced concern about the contract itself not being present for review if there was to be a vote on an amendment to it.
“We’re not presenting the contract, we’re presenting an amendment to add a year,” Board chair Beth Reid said.
Despite the concerns, the vote on the amendment passed. Hartman voiced further concern about the length of the contract, which will run at least through June 2022.
Green said the extension was a vote of confidence for him.
“It says to me and my family that the district is committed to me being here, as committed as I to being here,” he said. “So to me, that is the value of this extension.”
McDaniel said that the contract needed to include language for the possibility of a dismissal.
“Hopefully, the amendment still contains an escape clause, so that if we have board members who are committed, that they wouldn’t cut deals with the superintendent that if he does do something wrong and has to be dismissed with cause,” she said.
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