Boruff earns 'very good' evaluation

Sweetwater Board of Education Chairman Dr. John Fox, left, reports on the evaluation of Sweetwater City Schools Director Rodney Boruff, right, at Monday night’s School Board meeting.

Sweetwater City School System Director Rodney Boruff has earned a very good evaluation, Sweetwater Board of Eduction Chairman Dr. John Fox said during the March School Board meeting on Monday.

Each year, the School Board evaluates the director of schools. The board will hold a vote on Boruff’s contract at the next School Board meeting, which will be at 6 p.m. on April 8 at the Administration Building.

Fox said the online evaluation that school system employees used to give the School Board feedback on Boruff’s performance worked well. He said the School Board received about 90 responses compared to last year’s 40 responses.

According to Fox, Boruff’s score on his evaluation was 3.35 out of a possible 4 points. That score was slightly up from last year’s 3.34 score for Boruff.

“There were a lot of positive things said,” Fox stated. “Overall, this was a very good evaluation.”

Central Office Administrative Assistant Danielle Gross and Boruff praised Mark Purdy and Larry Arwood, who keep the school systems computers running and helped with the online setup for Boruff’s evaluation.

“They are both very, very helpful to the system and we appreciate all they do,” Boruff said.

Boruff said there are still a few finishing touches needed to complete the project that is turning the former gym into classrooms. That includes getting the furniture and lockers along with some other touch ups.

The school system has Spring Break coming March 25-29 and will be concentrating on state testing in April and early May, however, Boruff hopes and plans that students will be able to use the new classrooms before the May 24 end of school year date.

The School Board approved the 2019-20 school year calendar as well as the 2020-21 school year calendar on Monday and set a May 10 date for school board members to do their annual tour of school facilities.

The 2019-20 school year starts on Aug. 7 (students are dismissed at 10 a.m. that first day).

Fall break is Oct. 7-11, students last school day before Christmas break is Dec. 20 and they returned to class on Jan. 7. Spring break is March 23-27.

Other days off for students are: Aug. 30 (professional development), Sept. 2 (Labor Day), Nov. 1 (professional development), Nov. 27-29 (Thanksgiving), Jan. 20 (Martin Luther King Jr. holiday), Feb. 14 (professional development), Feb. 17 (President’s Day), April 10 (Good Friday) and May 21 (Administrative Day).

Students get out of school on May 22 at 10 a.m. for summer break in 2020.

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