Evaluating a superintendent
10/01/2014 04:43PM ● Published by Lev
By Uncle Irvin
Recently, the Oxford Area School District revealed the results of an evaluation of superintendent David Woods that is mandated by state law. Only the nine board members were permitted to vote, concluding that they were pleased with the job Woods is doing.
There's only one thing wrong with this procedure: The people who selected Woods and negotiated his salary were the only people allowed to vote on his evaluation.
While not to besmirch the vote or superintendent Woods, the credibility of his evaluation would be enhanced if representatives of parents or teachers were included in the closed-door evaluation. I don't think state law would prevent a small group of parents and teachers from participating in the evaluation.
Obviously, only school board members could vote, but this approach would add the most critical groups that are responsible for the learning process: Parents and teachers.