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UPDATE: Monroe City School Board votes to extend Superintendent Vidrine’s contract

Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 3:51 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2020 at 7:21 PM CDT
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UPDATE: On September 15, 2020, The Monroe City School Board voted to extend Dr. Brent Vidrine’s contract by 12 months.

Five members voted to renew Vidrine’s contract. Two members, Board president Betty Ward-Cooper and District Six member Brandon Johnson, both opposed the renewal.

Ward-Cooper addressed the vote in a statement.

“I felt it was time to go in different direction to bring in new leadership that would take us higher. We need new and fresh ideas to improve on what we are already doing.”

Since the Board voted to renew the contract, they must fix the terms of the contract according to state law. Click here to read the executive summary.

MONROE, La. (KNOE) -The Monroe City School Board is evaluating Superintendent Dr. Brent Vidrine’s contract, which expires on Dec. 31, 2020.

The evaluation is one of the top items on the agenda for the board meeting scheduled for Sept. 15, 2020. The board will have to vote on whether or not they will extend a new contract or terminate Dr. Vidrine’s contract for the upcoming term.

Some board members, including Jennifer Haneline and Bill Willson, praised Vidrine’s leadership through severe weather, the 2019 ransomware attack, COVID-19, and the district’s increase in overall performance.

According to the Louisiana Department of Education, Monroe City Schools was rated a "C" last school year. Click here to see performance grades from the previous year.

Dr. Vidrine has over 30 years of experience in education. He became the superintendent in 2013. A majority of the board, four members, must vote to either renew or not to renew his contract.

The board must give a 90-day notice before December 31 if they choose not to renew the contract.

If they offer a new contract, it must be adjusted in accordance with state law.

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