WINNSBORO — Fairfield County’s School Board of Trustees has shown a commitment to Superintendent J.R. Green by extending his contract one year and extending the unilateral termination buyout from nine months to 18 months.
At the end of a meeting that last nearly six hours, the board of trustees approved the contract amendment for Green, which was discussed during executive session.
The amendment to the contract will extend the superintendent’s employment to June 30, 2019, and revise the severance pay provision from nine months of salary to 18 months of salary if there is a unilateral termination.
The final resolution carried 4-2-1.
William Frick made the motion to execute the amendment, which was seconded by Henry Miller.
Trustee Annie McDaniel and Andrea Harrison voted against the motion and Paula Hartman chose to abstain.
McDaniel challenged the contract extension during discussion.
“But it doesn’t matter that we haven’t received any common reports or information regarding the status of students beyond those top tier students, who would have excelled regardless,” she stated.
Frick addressed McDaniel’s concern and pointed out improvements across the district.
“We have seen the test scores over the last year or so and they are all improving, so I would disagree respectfully,” he responded. “It is not simply that the Magnet School that is improving, but it is all schools that are improving in the district.”
Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science (FMSMS) became the county’s first school to receive the Palmetto’s Finest Award two weeks ago.
FMSMS, Geiger Elementary and Kelly Miller also received a Palmetto Gold Award for general performance and McCrorey-Liston earned a Palmetto Silver Award.
“So one year improvement warrants a change of 18 months and add another year,” McDaniel asked.
Frick countered McDaniel because he believes the district’s recent successes does warrant Green’s extension.
“We’ve had several schools that are now Gold,” he noted. “Obviously Mr. Green didn’t come in and do this by himself — he has an excellent staff — but I think its due for us to reward him by extending the contract to make sure we keep him here to continue the work he is doing.”
Board Chairwoman Beth Reid echoed Frick’s statement before finally putting the motion to a vote.
“I think Mr. Green has shown his commitment to our community and we need to show our commitment to him as a board,” she said.