On Tuesday, Ohio County school board president Jim Jorden lost his reelection bid. On Friday he proposed a 2-year contract extension for current superintendent Dianna Vargo. Her current deal still has 2 years to go.
Jorden has taken flack from some for trying to ignore the results of the election.
I suggest he wants to leave a legacy from his time on the board and sees guaranteeing consistency of quality in leadership as the way to do that. He remains on the board until June 30 and should be expected to act as a board member through his final day.
Ohio County schools are among the very top in our region, respecting academics, athletics, and the arts in equal measure. Sure, there are improvement to be made. Sure, there are problem areas. But the system has had a consistently high quality administration for decades and Ms. Vargo continues that trend.
Jorden apparently wants to see that success in education continue and understands that locking in top notch leadership is the first--and most important--step.