Berman is out

After an almost three hour closed door meeting, the Jefferson County Board of Education voted 5-2 to replace Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman. The board called the special meeting to evaluate Berman’s job performance and to decide whether or not to renew his contract, which expires at the end of June 2011.

Those voting against renewing the superintendent’s contract were board chairwoman Debbie Wesslund, Joe Hardesty, Larry Hujo, Diane Porter and Carol Haddad.

For the past few years, Jefferson County’s public school systems have been under fire with heavy criticism directed at the controversial student assignment plan and a number of poor performing schools. There had been speculation that Berman, who makes $273,182 a year, plus benefits, would not be retained as a result.