Madison Parish School Board votes not to renew contract for Superintendent

MADISON PARISH, La. (KNOE) - The Madison Parish school board voted Monday night not to renew the contract for current Superintendent Benita Young.


Young started her term in January 2016 following Clara Durr who was the interim Superintendent in 2015-2016.

The board voted 5-3 not to renew Young's contract for 2020.
One school board member said low academic rankings fueled his decision not to renew Young's contract.

"Student achievement was my number one factor that mattered to me. The gains that have been achieved are minimal at best," said Darrell Sims, Madison Parish School Board Member District Five.

The district performance score was a C when Young became Superintendent in 2016. After her first year, it dropped to a D in 2017 and an F for 2018.

The Louisiana Department of Education calculates the scores based on grades, progress, ACT scores, diploma strength, and graduation rates.

Young made a statement on the Madison Parish School Facebook page addressing her goals for her term and parting words for students.

Young will remain in position until Dec. 31, 2019, and the Board will have to decide on how to fill the position for 2020.