Griffin: Hillsborough superintendent's evaluation shouldn't come as a surprise
Responding to superintendent MaryEllen Elia's statements about her evaluation, School Board chairman April Griffin said the document should have had no surprises, because she has had many conversations with the superintendent about her performance. "Everything I've said in the evaluation, I've said to her in meetings, or at the board meeting."
Only recently, she said, has she stopped taking one-on-one meetings with Elia.
"I have met with her religiously, you can go over my calendar," she said.
But "it's a waste of time. I tell her how I feel, she tells me I'm wrong and that's it."
When she cancelled the meetings this summer, Griffin said, she made it clear it was "for the foreseeable future." She added that she continues to meet with deputy superintendents Jeff Eakins and Dan Valdez, and asks that they relay her concerns to Elia.
Griffin stood by her statement in the evaluation that employees are coming to her, saying they feel browbeaten and fear retaliation if they complain about issues in the district. She said she will encourage those employees to speak openly.