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Snively: My assessment of the Hillsborough superintendent is best spoken, not written

Hillsborough County School Board member Melissa Snively said Thursday that she has frequent conversations with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, but prefers not to commit her assessment of him to a written form.

"I just felt that it is a formality, and my evaluation with Jeff is ongoing, every time we meet, and I'd rather do a verbal evaluation," said Snively, who is elected in east Hillsborough and is running for re-election this year.

Evaluations from the other six board members were posted this week.

"I speak with him regularly about a lot of issues," Snively said. Topics include fiscal management, instructional resources, safety, "and managing expectations through effective communication."

That last piece, a source of considerable criticism for the superintendent during his first few years, has improved, Snively said, "but we are still not where we need to be. I'd rather be more pro-active."

She referred to the written evaluation form she submitted in 2017, and said her concerns have not changed much since then.

When asked about the issue of transparency, Snively said, "my intent is to remain as transparent as possible in all my words and actions as a school board member."

She simply felt the verbal assessment was better than a written one, she said.

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