Alabama state superintendent gets low marks in evaluation

Published: Jul. 24, 2017 at 10:28 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2017 at 9:45 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama state Superintendent Michael Sentance was put under the microscope Tuesday as evaluations conducted by the state school board were presented.

Board Vice President Stephanie Bell called for the evaluations. She said Sentance has been in the position for almost a year and the timing was right for an evaluation.

The board voted 6-2 to adopt the evaluation. Sentance's average evaluation scores were presented on a 1-3 scale. He was not given a high rank of 3 on any of the evaluation criteria, instead averaging below a 1 to just under a 1.5.

The board has been split on Sentance in recent months over his job performance.

Board member Ella Bell said she was "troubled about my state, about my state and my district."

Board member Yvette Richardson said she saw the evaluations as a follow up to a meeting the board had in March and added when it comes to Sentance she still has "concerns."

The board can terminate the state superintendent at any time. It only takes a majority vote.

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