Manatee Schools Superintendent Rick Mills due for annual evaluation

jajones1@bradenton.comApril 3, 2014 

MANATEE -- Superintendent of Schools Rick Mills, recruited after the Manatee School District suffered a financial meltdown in 2012, is due for his first annual evaluation.

Mills has focused much of his attention since being sworn in March 20, 2013, on dealing with the financial aftermath in replacing Superintendent Tim McGonegal, who resigned after the district suffered a $3.4 million budget shortfall.

Much of Mills' lengthy assessment of his first year as Manatee superintendent focuses on financial problems.

"As you well know, when I applied for the position of superintendent in Manatee County, the district was engulfed in turmoil resulting from massive financial mismanagement that led directly to the resignations of the previous superintendent and assistant superintendent in charge of finance," Mills

wrote to the Manatee County School Board.

"The fallout from the financial crisis impacted every employee, school and department of the district and left the surrounding community with a discernible sense of anger, mistrust and disillusionment with the school district," he wrote.

Mills has recently sought an investigation of the district's financial practices under McGonegal by the state education inspector general.

Mills will be evaluated by the school district in the next several weeks, said Steve Valley, director of communications and family/community engagement. The evaluation is not on the agenda for the April 8 meeting, Valley said.

James A. Jones Jr., Herald reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter @jajones1.

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