Williamson County Schools Superintendent Mike Looney addresses the school board after members voted to give him a contract extension of one year. / Photo by John McBryde
By JOHN McBRYDE
Members of the Williamson County Schools Board of Education heaped praise on Superintendent Mike Looney Wednesday night as they approved to officially accept the evaluation they had done that gave him an overall score of 4.33 on a scale of 5.
And for good measure, the board voted at its first full meeting of 2019 to extend his contract by a year, stretching it from three years to four to Jan. 22, 2023. From their remarks, it was clear that board members believe he has exceeded expectations.
Candy Emerson, 8th District, suggested that Looney sets a high bar for himself.
“I think one of the clearest examples we have as a board, and certainly the public has when they look, is the strategic plan that you have developed for this county for the next five years or so. It was hefty to begin with, and you continue to tweak it and push us in a direction that is incredibly successful and challenging for our students and our teachers.”
KC Haugh, 11th District, pointed out Looney’s ability to find good personnel for his staff and how important that is to the school system and the people who live in Williamson County.
“You’ve put an excellent team together,” Haugh said, … and every time we hear about new staff announcements and changes, we think, ‘Oh, it’s going to be tough to replace that person,’ and then the new person comes on and we see that it was really a good choice. It’s a testimony to what’s so attractive about Williamson County as a place to live but also a place to work and the school system in general.”
Wednesday’s meeting wasn’t all positive vibes. The crowd in the auditorium of the Williamson County Government Complex building included several residents from the Silver Stream subdivision in Nolensville who were there to voice opposition to the district’s rezoning plan.
Part of that plan is to rezone students from Mill Creek Elementary to Nolensville Elementary to help relieve overcrowding at Mill Creek. Six of the residents spoke against the rezoning plan, and they were backed by a sizable number of neighbors wearing blue Silver Stream T-shirts as a show of unity.
The rezoning plan is expected to be voted on at the board’s February meeting, and WCS will be hosting two community zoning meetings to discuss the Mill Creek-Nolensville issue as well as rezoning from the opening of a new school on Gosey Hill Road for next school year.
On Tuesday, Jan. 29, a meeting will be held in the Oak View Elementary cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. The second meeting will take place Thursday, Jan. 31, in the Nolensville Elementary cafeteria beginning at 6 p.m.