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Board of Education split on Halliburton's evaluations, too

Jessica Fuller • Jun 17, 2018 at 4:40 PM

 

The split nature of the Washington County Board of Education continued in its evaluations of former Director of Schools Kimber Halliburton, which board members submitted to the Tennessee School Boards Association the week she publicly announced her resignation. 

Halliburton’s evaluation scores average out to 3.37, which granted her a 1 percent bonus that board members voted to give her at June’s regular meeting. But individual board member’s scores range from a total average of 1.4 to 5 out of 5 from the nine members, putting the complete average in the middle of the scale. 

 

 

Average evaluation scores of Kimber Halliburton
  Average evaluation score
Annette Buchanan 1.47
Mary Beth Dellinger 1.53
Keith Ervin 2.66
Todd Ganger 5
David Hammond 2.25
Jack Leonard 4.99
Clarence Mabe 4.95
Mike Masters 5
Philip McLain 2.45
Total  3.37

 

The TSBA requires school boards to evaluate their sole employee once a year and submit those evaluations in June. Board members are asked to rate the director on a 1 to 5 scale – with 1 representing “significantly below expectations, 3 representing “at expectations” and 5 representing “significantly above expectations.” 

Board members rate the director on nine broad categories, each containing five to 15 individual questions pertaining to each of the nine categories: Building relationships, community relationships, staff and personnel relationships, facilities and finance, vision, student achievement, management and operations, integrity, fairness and ethics and political/social/cultural context.

Annette Buchanan gave Halliburton the lowest score at a 1.47 average and Mary Beth Dellinger’s score hovered just above that at 1.53. Mike Masters and Todd Ganger both gave Halliburton 5s across the board. 

Two board members left comments along with their evaluations. Dellinger reiterated points she’s made in the past Halliburton “has lost the trust and credibility of the people in Washington County,” and David Hammond echoed Dellinger comments about respect between the director, board and community, adding that Halliburton “lacks respect for the board,” “not all board members are treated equally,” and that she “openly criticises (sic) board members and has solicited potential candidates to run against certain board members.” 

Halliburton resigned from her position as director of schools almost two years after the board elected her. She cited in her letter of resignation that she took a similar position for a school system in Mississippi. Her last day was May 31, and the board elected assistant director Bill Flanary to serve as interim director in a June meeting.

Washington County Board of Education evaluation averages of former director Kimber Halliburton

  Building Relationships Community Relationships Staff and personnel relationships Facilities and Finance Vision Student Achievement Management and Operations Integrity, Fairness and Ethics Political/Social/Cultural context Average
Annette Buchanan 1.25 1.5 1.5 1.56 1.27 2.43 1.18 1.14 1.4 1.47
Mary Beth Dellinger 1.17 1.5 1.38 1.89 1.55 2.57 1.18 1.13 1.4 1.53
Keith Ervin 2.17 2.42 2.38 2.89 3 3 2.45 2.67 3 2.66
Todd Ganger 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
David Hammond 1.58 2.25 2.13 2.67 2.18 2.71 2.09 1.6 3 2.25
Jack Leonard 4.92 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4.99
Clarence Mabe 4.83 4.92 5 5 5 5 4.92 4.87 5 4.95
Mike Masters 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Philip McLain 2.08 2.5 2 3 2.36 3.14 2.18 2.4 2.4 2.44
Board Average 3.11 3.37 3.36 3.56 3.37 3.71 3.22 3.22 3.42 3.37

 

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