The score was released Thursday during the school board’s regular meeting.
Next month the board will evaluate McDaniel’s contract.
Board member David Kelley said he would like the board to look at a wage compensation study before a final contract is negotiated. According to the last comparison he saw, Bradley County’s director of schools salaries were in the lower half of director salaries in the state, Kelley said. Kelley wanted a study done to see if this information was still accurate. If it is, Kelley wants the salary information to be taken into consideration during the contract process.
During the gathering, McDaniel presented a revised capital projects plan which covers potential needs for the next 10 years based on projected growth. The changes were made to the capital projects plan to make official the board’s priorities in funding requests from the Bradley County Commission.
The plan placed purchasing land for a replacement for Blue Springs Elementary School as a top priority. Chairman Troy Weathers requested the need for land for an elementary school be removed because it would be purchased with insurance money. This made the purchase of land for a third middle school the first priority.
The needs at Lake Forest Middle School and Walker Valley High School were listed as priorities two and three, respectively. Weathers also clarified the plan to specify wanting a new academic building at Lake Forest, and not just repairs. The academic building would replace the smaller, pod-style classrooms spread out across the property. An eight-classroom addition would be added at Walker Valley. Walker Valley is more than 300 students above the architect’s recommended 1,200 students, according to Principal Danny Coggin.
“Mr. Coggin, my compliments to you sir for finding a way to accommodate all those students in a building designed for 1,200,” McDaniel said.
Construction of a new elementary school on the newly purchased land on Blue Springs Road was listed as the fourth priority.
“Obviously I’m not happy with the new Blue Springs being number 4 on the list, but I don’t know what we could take off because we need everything on this list,” board member Christy Critchfield said.
Critchfield emphasized the importance of letting the Commission know the top four priorities are what the board is requesting and the other items were only informational.
The plan was approved by the board. It will be presented to the Commission at a later date.