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JeffCo superintendent receives satisfactory evaluation

By Gary Lloyd

JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday gave Superintendent Stephen Nowlin a satisfactory evaluation for his first year on the job.

Nowlin replaced former Superintendent Phil Hammonds, who retired after nine years.

Nowlin was rated by the board on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being poor and 5 being excellent, in 11 categories. A score of 3 is average.

Nowlin’s best score was a 4.73 in the technology management category. He received a 3.8 in professional development and leadership, and a 3.65 in communication and interpersonal relations. He earned a 3.56 in CEO of the school board and in the financial management category.

Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Stephen Nowlin
photo courtesy of Jefferson County Schools

Nowlin earned a 3.5 rating in facilities management and management of pupil personnel services. In the category of professional responsibilities, which means Nowlin performs duties in an effective manner and in accordance with his job, he earned a 3.44. Nowlin earned a 3.4 in educational leadership of schools.

Nowlin’s lowest ratings were a 3.26 in personnel management and a 3.2 in community relations.

Nowlin was the Lee County Schools superintendent since 2008 prior to coming to Jefferson County. Prior to that, Nowlin served as interim superintendent of Lee County Schools from 2007 to 2008, and interim superintendent of Madison City Schools from 2006 to 2007.

The Trussville City Board of Education in August gave first-year Trussville City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill a 4.7 out of 5 on her evaluation.

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