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BOE to review SEB principal decision
SEB - Lewis Holloway
Bulloch County School Superintendent Dr. Lewis Holloway
   Bulloch County Board of Education members will meet Monday night during a special called meeting to review a recommendation by School Superintendent Dr. Lewis Holloway to not renew the contract of Southeast Bulloch High School Principal Joni Walker-Seier.
    A crowd of supporters for Seier is expected to attend.  A petition signed by about 60 community members and educators in support of renewing Seier's contract, addressed to Bulloch County BOE chairman David Ball, details reasons why the group believes Holloway's recommendation should not be supported.
   Ball said Friday he is not allowed to speak about personnel matters, citing Georgia laws protecting employees, but said he has read an evaluation of Seier's performance, conducted by Holloway, and intends to "support the superintendent" on his recommendation.
   Seier has issued a rebuttal regarding the evaluation she said is "incorrect."
  Friday, the Statesboro Herald received a copy of the evaluation and Seier's rebuttal, written upon the actual evaluation that was given Feb. 27, with the results dated March 16.
   Seier's position as principal of Southeast Bulloch High School was posted on the school board's web site April 3, and is listed "open until filled" effective for the 2009/2010 school year.
   In the evaluation Holloway expressed dissatisfaction with Seier's performance, and noted several areas with unsatisfactory findings.
   In her rebuttal, Seier called some of Holloway's statements "erroneous" and pointed out her disagreements with the evaluation, providing data that she said corrects his findings.
  She also said Holloway did not follow correct procedure in performing the evaluation and said he was months late in providing her a copy of their pre-evaluation conference.
  Holloway was not immediately available for comment last week, which was Spring Break for students, educators and BOE personnel.
  Dr. Charles Bonds, school board vice chairman, said Friday he has received "a couple of letters from teachers" seeking renewal of Seier's contract, but echoed Ball's comments. "It's a personnel matter and we don't usually discuss those," he said.
   Members of the Southeast Bulloch High School Council also sent letters to school board members urging them to renew Seier's contract.
   "The Southeast Bulloch High School Council members overwhelmingly recommend that her contract be renewed," the letter stated. "Mrs. Seier has proven herself to be an outstanding administrator and an attentive principal. She has led the school with the right amount of vision, leadership and motivation ..."
   In the letter, council members expressed concern that students would be negatively impacted by further upheaval in replacing Seier, citing numerous changes in the recent past regarding administration and the move into a new school building.
   The special called meeting of the Bulloch County Board of Education will be held Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the BOE Central Office board room on Williams Road.
   The agenda includes a consent agenda for a Department of Transportation agreement and a testing matter to be placed on the table. Following this, board members are expected to go into executive session for "personnel and teacher recommendations."
   School board meetings provide a forum for public participation, but those wishing to speak before the board must sign up prior to the meeting.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 489-9414.  
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