McDaniel hits 4.47 out of 5 in rating
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
May 08, 2013 | 904 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Johnny McDaniel
Johnny McDaniel
Bradley County Director of Schools Johnny McDaniel received a 4.47 out of 5 on his evaluation from the Bradley County Board of Education Tuesday.

Four of the seven board members gave the director 5’s across all of the categories. (Five is the highest number that can be received, with 1 being the lowest). McDaniel received only one 2 on the evaluation and no 1’s. One board member chose not to rate three of the categories.

“I want to thank the board of education for your support,” McDaniel said. “It is a privilege for me to pursue my passion in education in our school system.”

The board of education used a scoresheet to evaluate the director’s performance in 12 areas: vision/goals; student assessment/planning; modeling continuous improvement; professional learning support; school culture; strategic data-driven decision-making; stakeholder engagement; communications; leadership development; budget; operations; and ethics.

“I do believe he (McDaniel) is probably the best director in the state of Tennessee. We are fortunate to have him … I believe you are the best and your heart is where it is supposed to be,” board member Troy Weathers said. “I hope you stay here many, many more years.”

Board member Nicholas Lillios said he found the information provided in the evaluation work session helpful.

“I didn’t realize how much time I would spend afterward reading through all of that,” Lillios said.

Board chairman Charlie Rose said the school board would have a work session in the summer to determine if it wanted to keep the evaluation model or adopt a new one in the future.

Board member Chris Turner said he wanted to see the tool be research-based, and further developed. Turner said the board needs to receive more training on using the scoresheet before using it again.

Although the BCBOE has evaluated McDaniel in the past, this is the first time it was required by the state. Tena Stone, serving as a consultant to the school system and former supervisor for BCS special service, helped develop the categories and rubric used.

Weathers made a motion that an evaluation of the director’s contract with the intent to extend it be placed on the agenda for the meeting.

Board member Vicki Beaty asked that board members be given a current copy of the contract in advance so each member could study and review it.