The school board is preparing to see principal Adrienne Battle again

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Adrienne Battle, Director of Metro Schools. Photo courtesy of MNPS

The Nashville School Board did not conduct a performance review last year for principal Adrienne Battle.

  • Board chair Christiane Buggs told Axios that an evaluation is scheduled for this month and the results will be discussed at a board retreat in February.

Why is this important: According to board policy, the director is supposed to be evaluated annually. Director hiring and performance evaluation have always been an essential part of the Board’s work.

  • Battle was last seen in August 2020, five months after being hired for the full-time position. She previously served as acting director since 2019.
  • This review, overseen by board member Rachael Ann Elrod, was more informal and did not apply numerical scores to Battle’s performance.

The context: The school board appears to maintain firm support for Battle’s leadership, so there’s no indication a poor performance review is brewing.

Yes, but: MNPS has seen declining enrollment and lagging standardized test scores – two issues exacerbated by the pandemic.

  • Buggs and board member Sharon Gentry, who now oversees the review process, did not respond to questions about why there was no assessment last year.

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