Brunswick County superintendent gets contract extension after ‘above average’ evaluation

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The Brunswick County Board of Education has voted to extend Superintendent Les Tubb's contract until June 30, 2020 after a favorable first evaluation Tuesday. Courtesy photo.
The Brunswick County Board of Education has voted to extend Superintendent Les Tubb’s contract until June 30, 2020 after a favorable first evaluation Tuesday. Courtesy photo.

The Brunswick County school district’s top leader has earned high marks for his first year of work.

Tuesday, the board of education rewarded Superintendent Les Tubb for a job well done with a two-year contract extension. Tubb’s existing contract expired June 30, 2018 but following the board’s decision will now run through the end of the 2019-20 school year.

The vote of confidence came after a closed-session evaluation of Tubb, a retired career educator and administrator with Brunswick County Schools who was picked last year to replace Dr. Edward Pruden. Late in 2014, a divided board suddenly ousted Pruden, who had already previously announced his intent to retire the following summer. Three months later, school board members selected Tubb as interim superintendent, a role he previously filled for the district in 2011.

After paying nearly $20,000 on a monthslong national candidate search, which garnered 39 resumes, the school board voted 4-1 to hire Tubb, the first and only applicant to receive an interview. John Thompson cast the lone dissenting vote.

While Tubb, who could opt to keep results of his personnel review private, did not release specifics, he did say the board ranked his him as “above average.” The district’s preferred measurement tool for superintendents includes nine key performance standards, including educational leadership and vision, quality teachers and staff, high student achievement and safe, orderly and caring schools.

“The evaluation of the superintendent is an extension of the school district’s planning process,” Tubb said Tuesday. “It is the method for clarifying the expectations of the board and assists the superintendent toward personal and professional growth. Additionally, it fosters trust and communication. The board of education has been very, very supportive of me and my staff as we have addressed issues, concerns, finances and test scores.”

And, he added, the evaluation is a way for him to identify and improve any areas of weakness moving forward. In Tubb’s near future is the $153 million education bond referendum, which will be put to Brunswick County voters in November. As superintendent, Tubb will be charged with informing the public on projects included in the bond, a measure that for months was a source of division among board members and with Brunswick County commissioners.

The contract extension Tuesday did not include a salary increase. Tubb’s annual pay will remain at $144,000 through the June 30, 2020 expiration.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at hilary.s@hometownwilmington.com.