By Gary Lloyd
Trussville City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill is an “A” superintendent, according to the Trussville City Board of Education.
The board on Monday released its first evaluation of Neill on Monday, giving her a 4.7 out of 5. The review covers Neill’s job performance since her initial hiring as interim superintendent, which occurred July 30, 2012. She took over for Suzanne Freeman, who earned a 4.01 out of 5 in her evaluation released in August 2011.
Board President Bill Roberts called Neill’s evaluation “outstanding.”
The evaluation of Neill covers 42 areas of criteria across 10 categories, which are scored individually and independently by each of the five board members. The individual results are then combined to determine the composite ranking for each area scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being excellent.
Among the 42 areas, Neill received a composite score of 4 or above in every category, including 13 in which she received a perfect score.
“As the evaluation results reflect, Dr. Neill has performed exceptionally well during the past year as superintendent,” Roberts said. “She has provided strong and positive leadership and, in a very short time, has earned the respect and confidence of teachers, administrators, students and parents. She has also formed very good working relationships with leaders in the city and the local business community. We are fortunate to have her as our superintendent and look forward to her continued success, accomplishments and leadership in the years to come.”
Neill said she was honored to have high marks from the board.
“The board presented to me some very unique challenges this time last year, and we quickly worked together to set a course for continued excellence in this outstanding school system,” Neill said. “I feel it has been a productive year with the school board, the employees, the community and all of us working together to make great things happen for the students.”
Board member Sid McNeal said that it has been nice in one year to go from “focusing on problems to focusing on opportunities.”
Neill said she wants to improve the school system each year.
“We have a bright future,” she said.
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