Fayette schools superintendent gets favorable review, contract extension

The Fayette County Board of Education gave Superintendent Stu Silberman a favorable annual evaluation Monday night and immediately voted to extend his contract through June 30, 2014.

The one-year contract extension passed on a 4-0 vote. Board member Amanda Ferguson was absent.

The extension would take Silberman's tenure in the Fayette County Schools up to the 10 years of service he pledged when he was hired as superintendent in May 2004.

In the evaluation process, each board member completes a written review of the superintendent's performance on more than 80 criteria in areas such as leadership, management, policy and governance, communication, board and community relations, district goals and professional standards.

Board members went over their individual evaluations with Silberman at a retreat last week. Monday night, Board Chairwoman Becky Sagan gave a public overview of the overall evaluation and the board's findings, saying Silberman received high marks in all categories.

Board members also offered individual words of praise. Member John Price, for example, said the schools had gone from "making progress" to "making fast-forward progress" under Silberman's leadership.