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Lorain Schools CEO David Hardy's evaluation still in limbo

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LORAIN — The CEO’s evaluation still is in limbo, with the Academic Distress Commission chairman stating the evaluation itself isn’t complete.

The commission has not evaluated CEO David Hardy per his contract guidelines, which called for evaluations after six months, a year and annually thereafter. Former ADC chairman Tony Richardson did not evaluate Hardy. Randall Sampson was appointed to the seat in late February and announced he would evaluate the CEO at the commission’s March 19 meeting.

But since releasing the rubric, based on criteria outlined in the Lorain Promise, the assessment stalled until a June 10 email in which Sampson stated “the evaluation process is already complete,” when asked to schedule a work session to start the process.

In an email chain shared with the Chronicle-Telegram, Commission member Diane Conibear-Xander questioned Sampson via email, asking if he was implying he had completed the evaluation on his own, but did not receive a response.

She brought the news of the process completion up at the June 11 Board of Education meeting.

When asked by The Chronicle last week if the evaluation was complete and if commission members had had input on it, Sampson replied via text: “Yes, the Academic Distress Commission members were asked for their unbiased input on each category of the Lorain CEO’s evaluation.”

On Tuesday, when asked if the evaluation was done again — as he had denied a public records request for it, stating it was not complete — he said it was the framework, not the evaluation itself that was done.

The framework, he said, has been done for months.

“‘The evaluation process is already complete,’ Not indicating that the evaluation is complete,” he said via text Tuesday.

Sampson’s differentiation between process and framework has caused some confusion among the commission.

Via email, Conibear-Xander said she offered input on the rubric and process, but neither have been responded to or acknowledged by the chair.

“I have not seen a completed evaluation,” she said, “As the chair stated it was complete.”

Michele Soliz, one of the state-appointed members of the board, said via email she has not seen the evaluation or rubric, but is “eager to participate in the evaluation process.”

Patty O’Brien, another state-appointed member, did not address the evaluation process when asked via email Tuesday. Steve Cawthon declined to comment Tuesday evening.

Contact Carissa Woytach at (440) 329-7245 or cwoytach@chroniclet.com.


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