BY SARAH GREGORY
The Greeneville City Board of Education voted unanimously on Thursday to extend the contract with Director of Schools Dr. Linda Stroud by two years.
The two-year extension means Stroud's current contract will be in effect for four years -- the maximum allowed by state law.
Along with the extension, the contract revision includes an additional two weeks of vacation and allows Stroud to keep an already-earned early-retirement incentive.
Stroud's salary will not be changed.
The action follows internal and external evaluations of the Director of Schools, undertaken each year.
Chairman Craig Ogle announced during the board's July meeting that Stroud's evaluation was recently completed, and that contract revisions would be up for consideration.
The evaluations, Ogle said, produced "glowing reports."
Ogle said he met with Stroud to discuss the results of the evaluation, and shared with her how pleased the board has been with her performance during her first year as director.
Board member Cindy Luttrell praised the system's achievements during Stroud's first year, and expressed suport for her leadership in the future.
"I know in this year and years ahead, we've got a lot of challenges and a lot of mandates, but with a leader like Dr. Stroud, I don't think we're afraid to tackle those," Luttrell said.
A motion to accept the contract revisions as presented by Ogle was made by Luttrell and seconded by Dr. Mark Patterson before the unanimous vote.
After the vote was finalized, Stroud received applause from board members and administrators in attendance.