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EVALUATION ISSUE WIDENS RIFT BETWEEN SUPERINTENDENT, BOARD

The relationship between the City of Tonawanda School Board and School Superintendent Diana Greene apparently is not getting any better.

At a meeting Tuesday, the board debated setting standards for Greene's performance evaluation in November, then agreed on them based on the board attorney's advice.

But Greene told the board her contract stipulates the evaluation should have taken place last year, which led one board member to question why the superintendent didn't share that information with trustees before Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the board also discussed Thursday's scheduled public meeting about hiring a new superintendent in the event that the board chooses not to renew Greene's contract, which expires at the end of June. Greene has given no indication that she is planning to leave.

The two sides have been at odds since at least June, when outgoing School Board member Pamela Peterman introduced a resolution calling for a superintendent search. The measure was approved, but other board members criticized it as a parting shot by a lame-duck board.

Further muddying the issue is the fact that board members have left open the possibility that they could choose to extend Greene's contract, based on her performance evaluation.

The board discussed the evaluation form, which also must be agreeable to Greene, but did not make the form available to the public.

After approving the evaluation form based on the advice of the school district's attorney, Bernard Freedman, the board directed Freedman to research the next course of action for the board.

Four other resolutions, all relating to establishing a time line of events for the evaluation, were tabled.

Should the board decide during the evaluation period not to renew Greene's contract, her current tenure would be allowed to expire.

Since coming to the district in early February 1998, Greene has been involved in disputes with board members and the teachers union.

Greene declined to comment on the board's actions.

The board will meet with Vincent Coppola, a consultant hired to aid the district in the superintendent search, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the administration building, 202 Broad St.

The meeting will be a discussion of the salary advertised for the position.

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