Nine days before abruptly resigning as Madison County Schools superintendent, Kimber Halliburton signed an amendment to her employment contract setting a schedule for her performance evaluation with the county School Board. 

Halliburton, who was on the job for only nine months, resigned last week despite having signed a four-year contract. 

The Madison County Journal broke the news last week that Halliburton had not received an administrator license with the Mississippi Department of Education and was only licensed in the state of Tennessee.

The Madison County School District is not commenting on the discovery of Halliburton not being licensed, pointing to a brief statement released last week citing she wanted to pursue other opportunities in Nashville and handle family issues. 

Multiple attempts to contact Halliburton since her resignation have been unsuccessful.

Halliburton signed a four-year contract in July 2018 for a salary of $180,000 per year. She also received a $500 per month automobile stipend and the district supplied her with a smartphone, tablet and laptop. 

Under the termination clause of the contract, Halliburton agreed that “absent emergency health or extraordinary personal reasons” she would not terminate the contract. Any such resignation outside that scope would be considered an abandonment, which could be reported to the Mississippi Department of Education, the contract reads. 

The latest amendment to her contract on April 1 set a schedule for Halliburton to be evaluated by the Board of Trustees on May 15 every year. In late-2018, Halliburton was tasked with presenting some metrics for evaluation to the board, which were later approved in March. 

The Journal has requested a copy of the priorities for the superintendent set by the board and the metrics in which they would evaluate her. The district has yet to provide those documents. 

This is the first year that the Madison County School District Board of Trustees would evaluate its superintendent since Halliburton was the first appointed superintendent by the board. In 2016, the Mississippi Legislature abolished elected superintendents across the state. 

Halliburton had just bought a house in Madison’s Hartford neighborhood in March, according to county land records, and was set to preside over four graduations in May.

Halliburton was hired in June 2018 and was one of 11 finalists identified by a national search firm, McPherson and Jacobson, of Nebraska. The district paid $18,000 to conduct the search. 

Prior to coming to Madison County, Halliburton was director and superintendent of schools in Washington County, Tenn. She resigned from that position to take the job in Madison County. During her tenure there, news reports from area media outlets revealed a volatile relationship between Halliburton and board members in Tennessee.