Elizabethton City Schools Director Dr. Corey Gardenhour once again received superior ratings in his annual evaluation by the Board of Education. Gardenhour just began his fourth year as Director of Schools and was recognized by the Board for his integrity, vision and accomplishments at Tuesday’s regular meeting.
“While we officially evaluate Dr. Gardenhour once a year, he actually seeks input from the Board consistently,” said Board Chair Rita Booher. “Dr. Gardenhour is a collaborator, an innovator, and a strong advocate for our system. The Board appreciates his integrity and willingness to put the school system first.”
Each year, the board reviews his performance in six key areas: Board relationships, community relationships, staff and personnel relationships, educational leadership, business and finance, and strategic planning skills. In each area, he received four or five stars and a cumulative 95 percent approval.
Comments by Board members in the report highlighted the system’s continued academic achievement, solid finances, and positive atmosphere with collaboration. They also noted Gardenhour’s sound personnel decisions, personal ethics, and strong working relationships with Board members and City leaders.
One comment stated, “Dr. Gardenhour continues to grow and excel as our director. He is a steady leader, very pro-active, not re-active. He communicates well with each board member and treats each person with respect.”
After presenting the evaluation, Booher listed many of the system’s accomplishments and projects during Gardenhour’s time as Director. These included being an Exemplary School District and Level 5 district, $2.5 million funding through Bartleby, EHS music room addition, Citizens Bank Stadium, purchase of more than 1,000 Chromebooks, classroom additions, energy efficiency upgrades, Back-2-School Bashes, demolition of TAD home grand stands, security camera upgrades, canine drug and weapon prevention, EHS pool renovation, Connie Baker Training facility, Bartleby, West Side Playground, Telemedicine, Public Relations, Book Bus, state qualifiers and championships, Camp Read-A-Lot, Elizabethton Leads coaching network, 98 percent teacher retention, and upcoming additions of SROs at each school as well as technology and Makerspace at EHS.