The future of the Gainesville city school superintendent is unknown and her evaluation has been delayed beyond the board’s self-set standard.
Wanda Creel has started the final year of her contract as superintendent. She has received no word on an extension from the board of education.
In an email about noon Thursday, Delores Diaz, chairwoman of the board, said, “Contracts are commonly negotiated early in the final year of the existing contract. Dr. Creel’s third year began on July 1; therefore, the contract is not past due, and we are on track.”
In earlier emails, Diaz said, “When we have arrived at a decision about Dr. Creel’s contract, we will make an announcement.”
Thursday morning, she said by email, “I can only tell you that our discussion about it (the contract) is ongoing. “
Creel said by email Thursday afternoon that her contracts says only, “This contract may be renewed, extended or renegotiated at any time by mutual agreement of the parties as long as the terms and conditions of the new contract are always in compliance with existing state law.”
Board members have met in executive session and talked about the superintendent’s evaluation, but no public announcement or discussion has been made.
Creel was not in a portion of the closed sessions for July 18 and June 30. The superintendent normally is in all closed sessions — unless she is the topic.
Creel’s contract started July 1, 2014, and ends June 30, 2017.
According to “pending” policy of the district, the board “will reach consensus on the formal feedback provided to the superintendent at the close of each school year.”
Under Georgia law, the superintendent’s annual evaluation is not a public record.
The school board did an anonymous self-assessment for the period of July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016. It included sections about the superintendent and evaluation.
One standard is “the board of education employs a superintendent who acts as the executive officer of the school system.”
Responses from board members were:
“We are a little slow on the superintendent evaluation.”
“If I understand correctly, we are to evaluate the superintendent 2 X a year. This year it was done only once.”
Another standard said: “the board of education evaluates the professional performance of the superintendent.”
The only comment was, “Hard to give this a satisfactory when it has not yet been completed.”