published Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Bradley school board evaluates director

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CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley County school board members used a new process Tuesday to evaluate their schools director.

For two hours Director Johnny McDaniel reviewed the “state of Bradley County schools” and along the way addressed the board’s previously submitted questions. Board members marked their scores on each section of the evaluation during the address.

“It’s hard to tell the story of all we do in one sitting,” McDaniel said.

From high and improving test scores to innovative programs in reading, math, child nutrition, conservation, gifted students, challenged students and more, McDaniel attributed the success to teachers, administrators and other personnel.

“We deliberately try to hire the best people for the job and let them do their jobs; and they do,” McDaniel said, noting 84 percent of the school system’s budget goes to personnel.

McDaniel addressed future building needs, as well, including the tornado-destroyed Blue Springs Elementary.

“Park View gave us some space,” he said of the school that opened last year. “Now we are back to full. And we can’t stay there.”

Although the official evaluation won’t be announced until Thursday’s regular monthly board meeting, some members paid their compliments Tuesday.

Noting that Cleveland school board member Richard Shaw on Monday night called the county system’s reaction to the tornadoes that also damaged Michigan Avenue Elementary a miracle, county board member Richard Baker told McDaniel, “that was you. You are awesome, and I don’t mind saying that publicly.”

Board member David Kelley complimented McDaniel’s leadership by noting last week’s announcement of preliminary test scores showed marked improvements for the county system.

Board Chairman Troy Weathers said the board will review McDaniel’s contract at its August meeting.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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