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Board issues review of Cox
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Warren County Director of Schools Bobby Cox was granted a contract extension after getting straight A’s in his annual review by the county’s six school board members.


“We are proud of the job you do,” said board chairman Jeff Lee in announcing the outcome of the assessment. “We are lucky to have a person like Bobby Cox as our director of schools.”


The results of annual review by the six elected school board members was announced by Lee at the most recent board meeting. The result was a score of 4.6 out of a possible 5.0., leaving Cox easily on the honor roll when it comes to school administrators.


“I appreciate that,” Cox said of the assessment by the board.


Cox scored high on all ballots. The director of schools has to undergo an assessment of his performance every year. He is hired by the six members of the school board who, in turn, answer to the voters and serve four year terms. Three of the members come up for election this year as the three members of the board come up for election every two years.


The evaluation process includes grades in five major areas. First is school board relations, meaning how will he communicates and conducts a harmonious relationship with the board.


Second is community relationships. This covers keeping the public informed and working with the media and public and private agencies.


Third is staff and personnel relationships. This involves how he works with the members of the school system he leads.


Fourth is job performance. This covers his vision for improvement and his handling of the school district’s finances.


The last area is student achievement. This involves making sure the district is doing all it can to maximize the learning potential of its classrooms and helping students achieve their goals in education.


The grading system allows board members to grade the director on a five-point scale with one being significantly below expectation and five being significantly above expectation. The 4.6 final grade left Cox in the high range of the above expectation classification.


The local evaluation form was adopted from a state assessment. Each school district in the state is required to conduct an annual review of its director.