The Horry County School Board has completed its first evaluation of Superintendent Rick Maxey and ranked his performance as “highly effective.”
The “highly effective” ranking is the highest that the school board could give and was based on evidence from test scores to Maxey’s role in financial planning.
Hurricane Matthew for me was a shining star. Joe DeFeo, Horry County School Board chairman
Maxey is paid a $210,000 salary with benefits, and as a result of his favorable evaluation, “the district will make a contribution to an annuity of the superintendent’s choosing in an amount equivalent to 10 percent of the superintendent’s annual salary,” according to his contract.
Chief Financial Officer John Gardner said the ammount to be paid on top of Maxey’s salary is $21,420.
School board chairman Joe DeFeo said that he was particularly happy with how the evaluation was handled. In previous evaluations, he said, attorneys played a large role in handling the evaluation process.
“I’m glad of this evaluation because it kept attorneys out of it completely,” DeFeo said. “It was an open book.”
But what we has done in a very businesslike manner, taking care of issues in order to get what I believe is the district running back on course in the right direction. Joe DeFeo, Horry County School Board chairman
DeFeo said one thing that stood out to the board was Maxey’s handling of “personnel issues” in the district before Maxey’s arrival. DeFeo couldn’t elaborate on what those issues were for legal reasons.
“But what he has done in a very businesslike manner, taking care of issues in order to get what I believe is the district running back on course in the right direction,” DeFeo said.
I’m glad of this evaluation because it kept attorneys out of it completely. It was an open book. Joe DeFeo, Horry County School Board chairman
DeFeo said the district’s response to Hurricane Matthew was the best hurricane response he’d seen, with Maxey sending out emails to the board throughout the storm to keep them apprised.
“Hurricane Matthew for me was a shining star,” DeFeo said. “The board was kept constantly informed of what was going on.”
Christian Boschult, 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian