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Sumter Board of Trustees are 'very pleased' with Martin-Knox in her interim evaluation

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 2/26/20

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees gave Superintendent Penelope Martin-Knox a thumbs-up Monday night in her time so far as the district's leader.

Board Chairman the Rev. Ralph Canty read a statement prepared by the board near the close of …

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Sumter Board of Trustees are 'very pleased' with Martin-Knox in her interim evaluation

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Sumter School District's Board of Trustees gave Superintendent Penelope Martin-Knox a thumbs-up Monday night in her time so far as the district's leader.

Board Chairman the Rev. Ralph Canty read a statement prepared by the board near the close of the meeting and spoke briefly to The Sumter Item on Tuesday.

Per her employment agreement, the trustees conducted an interim evaluation with Martin-Knox while in executive session behind closed doors. Now in her eighth month in the post, Martin-Knox and board members spoke during the session, Canty said.

"In short, the board is very pleased with the superintendent's job performance, professionalism and commitment to improving this district," he said.

Canty added the board looks forward to continued progress in the district's instructional program, finances and long-range planning, with Martin-Knox at the helm.

Since Martin-Knox was named superintendent last year, the district has continued to build its finances. At the end of January, the state Department of Education lifted a fiscal emergency declaration for the district. That came after the fiscal year 2019 audit - released in December - showed the district had increased its fund balance to $14.3 million, well above a one-month general expenditures threshold requirement that is state law.

Since last year, the district has also continued to move forward with additional program offerings at its schools throughout the county. The district's previous interim superintendent, Debbie Hamm, began that initiative in her two-year term from 2017-19.

The board will conduct Martin-Knox's annual evaluation this summer, Canty said.

"We remain dedicated to ensuring our students receive the best possible education," he said.