“I would like to thank the board for their vote of confidence,” said Superintendent Marvin Williams.
In a special session held at 5:30 p.m., members called an executive session to discuss Williams’ performance over the last year on criteria including educational achievements and professional and financial matters.
Williams credits the positive report with his student-based focus. This year, two Polk County Schools that were in Needs Improvement status met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2009 year. This was Williams’ third evaluation by the Polk School District Board of Education.
“I simply won’t allow myself to be distract by peripheral issues,” he said.
The Board discussed the matter for more than ninety minutes before inviting Williams to hear the decision. Williams said that such an evaluation fosters better communication between the board and superintendent and allows for more informative feedback and a fresh groundwork. A contractual offer is expected shortly.
In a public announcement following the executive session, Holbrooks also commented that she has enjoyed serving as the Chair, and looks forward to the positive direction of the County’s school system.
Additionally, the board approved the retirement of longtime system director of student services Buddy Harrison.
The Polk School District Board of Education budgetary committee will meet Monday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the central office.