Holley earns good marks on evaluation

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 12, 2012

Covington County Schools Superintendent Terry Holley received good marks on his state mandated assessment.

John Osburn, who worked with the board, central office staff and principals, to determine whe-re Holl-ey could impr-ove said Tue-sday he scored a 3.6 on a 4.0 with the board and a 3.1 among principals and the central office.

Osburn said that Holley scored 42/52 possible points.

Holley received high marks for planning skills and fiscal leadership, but needs to improve in the areas of collaboration and problem solving.

Osburn said he began the evaluation eight months ago.

“This has nothing to do with the board’s legal responsibility,” he said. “These are just areas of strengths and improvements.”

Osburn said he only received responses from four of the five board members, but wasn’t sure which members didn’t submit since they were anonymous.

The board also:

• adopted the state approved math textbooks for the 2012-2013 school year, as well as Glencoe Math/Your Common Code Edition for grade seven and eight, which is outside the state-approved list.

• accepted a bid for air conditioning units for the local schools from Walker Electric, for a total of $250,311.45.

• granted permission for the child nutrition department to bid a walk-in cooler for Florala High School.

• Adopted revisions to the Covington County Schools Code of Conduct for next school year. Revisions include chances to truancy policy as recommended by District Judge Trippy McGuire, who also handles juvenile court; and its policy about wearing nose rings and other accessories that could pose health hazards. A concerned parent also asked to address the board about “trouble at Red Level Elementary School,” but board president James Prestwood cited a long-term board policy in which the board asks that those types of matter go through the chain of command starting with the school principal, then the superintendent before it becomes a board matter.

The parent said she had spoken with RLES principal Rodney Drish, but had not yet spoken with Holley. Prestwood informed that they must also request five days prior to a board meeting for a hearing.

-Kendra Bolling