After returning from executive session, members of the Harlan Independent Board of Education voted to approve Superintendent C.D. Morton’s summative evaluation during a recent special called meeting.
“We feel like Mr. Morton has done an outstanding job during his first year,” said board Chairman Joe Meadors. “He’s had a lot of challenges thrown at him, but he is learning every day.”
Meadors said the board is “encouraged” with Morton, because of his desire to grow professionally in his job as superintendent.
“One of the areas we want him to kind of deal with more is we would like to see him write articles for the Enterprise every six to eight weeks updating the public on what is going on in the district,” said Meadors. “We feel, as a board, we’d like to receive our agendas one day earlier than we are, if at all possible. We have a lot of material to go over and we’d like more time to do that.”
Meadors said when Morton was faced with the decision of “making a reduction in force” he saw Morton agonize over the decision.
“I think he handled it well,” said Meadors. “Any time you take someone’s job or money off the table that’s a very painful thing to go through — not only for him but for the people you are relieving of their jobs. He suffered with that — he was sleepless, struggling with how he was going to do that. He’s like the rest of us and these are his fellow teachers — people he has worked a long side of. He did this with professionalism and as much compassion as he could.”
All in all, Meadors said Morton is “doing a great job — growing every day.”
“He’ll be better tomorrow than he is today and he’ll be better a year from now than he is today,” said Meadors. “We’re very blessed to have him.”
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