The terms “bonus” and “satisfactory” shouldn’t exist in the same evaluation report. Unfortunately, six Beaufort County Board of Education members felt differently in evaluating the job performance of Superintendent Jeff Moss.
Some examples of his performance:
On state tests, third graders in two-thirds of Beaufort County elementary schools scored below “meets or exceeds” expectations in language arts. Half scored below in math.
In grades 6, 7 and 8, one half to 81 percent of students do not “meet or exceed” state expectations in language arts and math.
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It took him four years to identify six schools needing intensive academic intervention.
It took three-plus years and a community revolt to identify one high school lacking a second gymnasium and auditorium.
He had two consecutive years of academic calendars with an imbalance of 10 teaching days between semesters one and two.
Two referenda failed.
The process for selecting weather make-up days was filled with chaos and confusion.
He threatened to expose some board members for “ethics violations.”
After 11 months of claiming innocence of wrongdoing, he willingly admitted guilt to his own state ethics violations.
These failures are not on teachers, parents, or the community. They are not due to a lack of financial resources. They’re on those managing and governing our educational system.
The six board members who voted to reward the superintendent with a satisfactory evaluation and a $39,000 tax-free bonus are either uniformed or in denial or both.
It begs the question: Is it a bonus, or a ransom payment?
Hilton Head Island
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