Moore receives glowing review from school board

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By Jesef Williams

Lancaster County Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore received an outstanding grade in seven areas in his annual evaluation from the school board.

School board Chairwoman Charlene McGriff discussed Moore’s 2009 evaluation at the school board’s meeting Tuesday night.

“We applaud your tireless efforts to improve district operations, to visit classrooms in all our schools and to provide leadership at every level,” McGriff said, reading from a letter to Moore on the annual evaluation.

Moore, who’s heading into his fourth year as district superintendent, was evaluated in seven areas: as chief executive officer of the school board and for educational leadership, staff personnel management, student personnel services, facilities management, financial management and community relations.

He was given an “outstanding” grade in each field.

“We, as a board, are impressed with your performance in each of these areas,” McGriff said. “We are seeing the significant impact your vision for success and your leadership are having on our students, our employees and our system.”

An Indian Land native, Moore became the school district’s superintendent in 2006 after working in the same position in Cleveland County, N.C.

He had also spent time as an educator in Stanley and Forsyth counties in North Carolina. He worked 30 years as an educator before taking the post here.

Since he became superintendent here, the district has started an effort to close the achievement gap among students groups and has expanded school choice – with the single-gender classroom option at A.R. Rucker Middle School.

He has championed the use of new technology and continues to plan for district growth in the future.

Board member Bobby Parker said he appreciates Moore’s vision and leadership.

“I admire you for that,” Parker said. “I’m glad you’re here and I hope you stay.”

Moore, though, was humble and modest after receiving the evaluation.

“I want to thank all of our employees for the hard work that goes on every day,” Moore said. “I’m very fortunate to be here.”

Assistant principals named

The board also named four new assistant principals after voting 6-0 in favor of four recommendations from Moore. Board member Margaret Gamble was absent.

Those named assistant principals are:

• Deirdra Chandler – Erwin Elementary

• Virginia Sorrow – Indian Land Middle

• Chris Timmons – Buford Middle

• Anita Watts –  A.R. Rucker Middle  

Chandler, Timmons and Watts were all district teachers.

Sorrow was a math specialist in the Fort Mill School District.

Contact senior reporterJenny Arnold at (803) 283-115