Coffee County Board of Education

The Coffee County Board of Education announced they were beginning the process of evaluating Director of Schools LaDonna McFall. Evaluation committee and board member Shannon Duncan explains the process to board chairman Brent Henley.

Following Coffee County Director of Schools LaDonna McFall’s ask for a discussion of her contract that occurred last Monday, Feb. 4, the Coffee County Board of Education had one item of news business of their Monday, Feb. 11 agenda: a director evaluation.

The evaluation committee consists of board members Shannon Duncan, Gary Nester and Pat Barton.

“It is that time of year when we begin the director’s evaluation process,” said Duncan. “We had had some feedback in mid-January that we might want to discuss, as a board, the evaluation instrument, so there was an email requesting feedback.”

The three committee members met for the first time and looked over the evaluation criteria, which is put forth by the Tennessee School Board Association, and decided that future evaluations should include something more personal to the county district.

Currently, the model is judged on seven standards: leadership and culture, policy and governance, communications and community relations, organizational and human resources management, curriculum planning development, instructional leadership, and ethical leadership.

For future evaluations will include the district’s five-year plan and add in how well the director met specific goals in the plan. This will offer a measurable evaluation for county projects.

The deadline for board members to have their evaluations completed by is March 1. The board will further discuss the reports in a work session or their board retreat – the date is yet to be set for both.

“The consensus was that it wouldn’t be anything to rush this year,” Duncan said.

If it is at the retreat, the board is looking for a date where all seven members can attend.

“I think it’s imperative that all seven of us are able to attend,” Board of Education Chair Brett Henley said.

McFall’s current contract expires June 2020. 

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