Following a yearly performance review, the Prince William County School Board has voted to extend Superintendent Steve Walts’ contract for another two years.
According to a release, this means that Walts will remain in his current role as Superintendent of Prince William County Public Schools until June 30, 2021.
“I’m extremely pleased and honored to continue my work on behalf of the students and staff of Prince William County Public Schools for an additional two years. I look forward to their continued success,” said Walts.
While the outcome for Wats was favorable, the process was not without its ups and downs.
According to a letter published by Walts on May 24, Walts asked that Prince William County School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers recuse himself from the evaluation process, as Sawyers recently filed a lawsuit against Walts related to Sawyers’ predecessor Milt John’s emails from his time as Chairman.
Sawyers ultimately did not recuse himself from the performance evaluation.
“…Mr. Sawyers filed a lawsuit on May 23, 2016 in which I am named defendant. I submit that my contractual and legal rights to a fair and unbiased evaluation and contract review would be severely compromised by Mr. Sawyers’ participation,” the letter reads.