CAIRO — The Grady County Board of Education has indicated satisfaction with the performance of Superintendent Kermit Gilliard, but one resident is questioning his actions.
School board members reviewed Gilliard’s performance Tuesday evening during a one-hour executive session.
Out of a possible high score of 50 points, the board members awarded Gilliard a score of 49.5.
The superintendent’s performance reviews are typically handled in January and July, but with a state deadline for employee evaluations approaching this weekend, it became necessary for the school board to know where it stood.
Present at Tuesday’s meeting was John Monds, an outspoken critic of the school board and other local government bodies who appeared before the Board of Education to submit a list of five questions he said the board members should consider during their evaluation.
The Cairo resident said he has had numerous conversations with Gilliard over the years concerning his actions as superintendent that led to some of the concerns addressed in his questions, which he said are for clarification and “out of concern for the school children of Grady County and the community as a whole.”
The questions Monds submitted ask if Gilliard violated ethics, board policies or state or federal statutes in specific situations involving school system employees, and for the school board to consider removing the superintendent if they find that he knowingly did so.
“If some of these questions are answered and it’s found that he has violated policy, it would be violations other employees have been fired for,” Monds said.
Monds said he hoped he would receive a response to the questions within the next 30 days, but Gilliard stated he has already met with him twice in the past several months specifically to address the issues he raised Tuesday.
“This is the first time he has listed any specific questions, but we’ve talked around those five questions and I have answered them,” Gilliard said.
Also present at the meeting was Cindy Williams, a former Cairo High School guidance counselor whose 2016 firing over allegedly not following ethical procedures when she altered her daughter’s grades became a point of contention for Monds.
Williams’ firing, which came at Gilliard’s recommendation, was later overturned by the state on a technicality and the former guidance counselor was awarded a $50,000 settlement from the county.