Thursday, February 15, 2001

Schools leader won't be back

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        OXFORD — Superintendent Susan Cobb will leave Talawanda schools when her three-year contract expires July 31.

        Ms. Cobb submitted her resignation this week, six months after the school board decided not to extend her contract.

        Board members contacted Wednesday by The Cincinnati Enquirer declined to comment about her performance. However, Ms. Cobb's final, three-page performance review provides some insights.

        Ms. Cobb was rated in 18 areas on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest. Her highest average mark from all five board members was a 3.6, in the areas of increasing the efficient use of district resources, and consistent implementation of policies and guidelines throughout the district.

        Ms. Cobb said she was satisfied with her performance reviews.

        Even if the board had voted to extend her contract, Ms. Cobb said, she might have begun looking for other work.

        “My experiences in Talawanda have been both the most challenging and the most rewarding of my career,” Ms. Cobb wrote in her resignation letter.

        School Board President William Vollmer said he does not regret hiring Ms. Cobb and said he thinks she would be a good superintendent in a different district.


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