Byrd gets the word: BV School Board declines to renew superintendent's contract

Friday, January 24, 2014 ~ Updated 4:31 PM
Randy Byrd

BERRYVILLE -- By a vote of three (Vonda Bailey, Lydia King and David Waller) to four (Todd Howard, Kristi Howerton, Jeff Miles and Sherri Plumlee), a motion to renew Superintendent Randy Byrd's contract for one year failed.

"I'm upset by it," King told Carroll County News. "I think [the School Board] made a bad decision."

Following the vote, King said she wasn't sure why the motion failed, adding that Byrd received all "satisfactory" reviews.

"I really don't know [why they voted against the renewal]," King told Carroll County News. "I guess they don't like him. When they got on the board, they already did not care for Dr. Byrd."

A similar vote was taken around the same time last year to offer Byrd a one-year contract, and that was also met with a three-to-four vote: Bailey, Howerton and King voted to renew the contract, while Howard, Miles, Plumlee and former School Board member Joe Ward voted against it.

Calls to and messages left for the other members of the Berryville School Board on this matter were not returned as of press time.

Bailey, the School Board president, told Carroll County News that Byrd's current contract expires at the end of June, so the board has until the beginning of July to find a new superintendent.

The board is holding a special meeting tonight at 5:30 at the Berryville Intermediate School cafetorium to discuss the superintendent search process.

Meanwhile, Byrd said he has already started to look for a new job.

"I'm currently seeking a job; I've had several phone calls and I've made several phone calls," Byrd said Wednesday afternoon. "I can't wait around. I'm going to be without a job in five months."

Byrd added that he was "disappointed" with the board's decision, echoing what King said at the School Board meeting on Monday night.

"I wasn't given any reason, and my evaluation was satisfactory," the superintendent said.

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