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Bonuses indicate school board is OK with McGriff

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By Damon Lawrence

As the Roane County Board of Education gets ready for a discussion on who will lead the schools in the future, the current leader’s most recent performance bonus indicates board members think she’s done a good job.  

Director of Schools Toni McGriff received $15,000 out of a possible $15,000 last year.

It was the highest performance bonus she’s earned since becoming director of schools in 2005.

The bonuses are based on school board evaluations. A point system determines the amount.

A score below 480 results in no performance bonus. A score between 561-600 results in a $15,000 bonus.

McGriff scored 564 on her last evaluation. School board attorney Charles Cagle compiled the results.

McGriff’s current contract with the board is set to expire June 30. The board has not voted to extend the  contract or start the search for a new director.  

A special-called board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the “direction of the superintendent.”

“I’m anxiously awaiting that one,” Board Member Frank Mee said. “I can tell you what I’m hoping will come of it. I hope that we announce that we are going to be taking applications for the position of director of schools in Roane County.”

Board Chairman Darrell “Drack” Langley said he’s pleased with what McGriff has done during her tenure.

“I think she’s done a good job,” he said. “I think she’s done a good with No Child Left Behind. I think she’s done a good job with the budget. I think she’s done a good job with the building program.”

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