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FM School Board President: Superintendent Evaluation Nearing Conclusion

Jason Parrott/
Fort Madison School Board President, Dr. Tim Wondra/Fort Madison School Superintendent, Dr. Erin Slater

The head of the Fort School Board said a lengthy, private evaluation of Superintendent Erin Slater could soon be completed. But it remains to be seen when the board might consider a possible contract extension for Dr. Slater.

School Board President, Dr. Tim Wondra, told Tri States Public Radio in an email Wednesday afternoon, “We are making progress and the process should be wrapped up at the July 15 meeting.” The board’s monthly business meeting on July 15 will be preceded by yet another closed door meeting to conduct the evaluation.

In the past month, the board has already spent nearly 4 ½ hours behind closed doors evaluating Slater, including a roughly 75-minute meeting on July 8.  

There was an item on the agenda for the School Board’s meeting on June 19 that simply said “Approve Superintendent Contract.” But the board took no action on that item because it had yet to complete Slater’s evaluation.

When asked whether that agenda item would be added to the July 15 business meeting agenda, Wondra simply said “No” without further explanation.

Wondra previously told Tri States Public Radio that Slater has two years remaining on her current contract. Slater took over as superintendent in July 2016.

Slater’s status with the district came under public scrutiny last month following a news report in which she expressed concerns about playing time for high school baseball players. The uncertainty continued when a high school coach accused Slater of threatening his job over how he distributed playing time.

The Fort Madison School Board’s business meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15.

Jason Parrott is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.