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Director of Schools receives high marks from School Board

December 8, 2016

By KEITH RYAN CARTWRIGHT
Rutherford County Schools

Rutherford County Director of Schools Don Odom received what was termed an “excellent” annual evaluation from the School Board.

Odom’s overall mark of 4.57 is consistent with last year's score. The longtime administrator received a score of 4.86 in student achievement, 4.77 in community relationships, 4.69 in facilities and finance, 4.54 in board relationships, 4.51 in vision and 4.06 in staff and personnel.

The results of this year’s evaluation were presented by Randy Bennett, deputy executive director and general counsel of the Tennessee School Boards Association, during Tuesday night’s board meeting.

“I think Mr. Odom does a tremendous job here,” Bennett said, “and I think this evaluation document reflects that.”

Board chairman Jeff Jordan agreed.

Jordan, who noted how difficult the position has become in the past 10 to 20 years, said he is amazed with Odom’s high marks on a scale of five.

“I’m pleased he scored so high here in so many areas,” Jordan said. “I think he is so deserving.”

Past board chairman Wayne Blair added, “Going into this I felt confident that our director of schools would get a superlative evaluation and it’s proven to be so.”

Blair then addressed Odom, “I’m just grateful for the leadership and everything you do for the children of this county. I’m not only pleased, but proud to get to work with you. Thank you for your commitment.”

The board will vote on Odom’s upcoming contract extension after the first of the year.

Odom has served as director of schools since 2012 and has been with RCS for 47 years.

“I appreciate your confidence,” concluded Odom, before addressing the remaining issues on the board’s nightly agenda.