School Board's statement on the Superintendent's Evaluation
Following a 90-minute public question and answer session the Board had with the Superintendent during its meeting on October 22, 2012, the Board convened in Executive Session to further discuss the Superintendent's evaluation. During executive session this evening, we concluded the Superintendent's evaluation and met with Dr. Brochu. At this time, the Board would like to make the following statement concerning the results of Dr. Brochu's evaluation.
As a Board, we discussed the Superintendent's progress on her goals in the areas of academics, leadership and fiscal management. We identified the Superintendent's strengths as well as some significant areas of concern we would like the Superintendent to address.
With respect to the District's academics, as a whole, we believe we are on the right track. We are pleased with the decrease in the student drop-out rate and the increase in the student graduation rate. We believe our technology needs are being met. The administration has made efforts to consolidate academic programs within the schools. The administration is making positive efforts in developing the District's career education program.
While some areas of student achievement have improved, the Board is very concerned that certain areas of student achievement have declined. For these reasons, we believe there needs to be a sense of urgency by the Superintendent to focus on areas where student achievement has declined and efforts identified and implemented to immediately and effectively address such needs. We also believe there needs to be a sense of urgency by the Superintendent in addressing the District's underperforming schools. We will expect the Superintendent to present specific plans, both short term and long term, to address these issues.
As a Board, we support professional development as essential for the success of the District, but professional development needs to be properly managed to ensure that any time out of the classroom for teachers is minimized. We would also like to see a detailed and itemized report on professional development expenses for the 2011-12 school year.
With respect to leadership, we recognize that the District's image needs to be substantially improved in our community. We believe the Superintendent needs to improve her relationships with individuals at all levels within our organization and within our community, as well as with the Board. We have also asked the Superintendent to focus on improving communications between the schools and the District office, between the teachers and the District office, and between the District office and the community. We will look to the Superintendent to ensure that she establishes a positive working relationship with employees at all levels that removes any perception of an administrative driven approach to addressing issues.
With respect to fiscal management, we believe the District has maintained sound financial management practices over the years. Under Dr. Brochu's leadership, we have increased the District's reserve fund to 12 percent, reinstated staffing patterns based on District policy, and maintained building projects under budget.
In summary, as a Board, we have outlined achievements and significant areas of concern which we believe the Superintendent needs to address with urgency. We have requested that the Superintendent submit to us a specific written plan for responding to and addressing our concerns by December 3, 2012.
Calvin W. Jackson
October 23, 2012