D.C. Board of Education President Nate Bush said yesterday that he expects School Superintendent Andrew E. Jenkins "will complete his contract," which expires next June, although board members are reportedly dissatisfied with Jenkins's performance.
The board met in secret twice late last month to discuss the superintendent's fate, according to sources. Sources have said board members have decided not to renew Jenkins's contract and were debating when he should leave the job.
Bush spoke yesterday evening after another private meeting of board members and said he wanted to dispel news reports that the board has been meeting in secret to discuss Jenkins's status.
Bush, who represents Ward 7, said the board has confined itself to an attempt to develop "an instrument " for evaluating the superintendent. He also said he believes Jenkins has done a commendable job as superintendent.
Jenkins, contacted last night, said he had received no official word from the board regarding his status and, relying on the advice of a lawyer, had no further comment. Two other board members reached last night declined to comment on yesterday's meeting.
An attorney retained by Jenkins wrote to Bush Thursday asserting that the board has acted illegally in discussing Jenkins's contract behind closed doors.