Central Montcalm board works on evaluation


By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 11:24 am on Thursday, January 31, 2013

STANTON — It often is the teachers who pass out grades to their students, but Wednesday night was the Central Montcalm Public School superintendent’s turn to be graded.

The Central Montcalm Board of Education, with the assistance of facilitator Mike Washburn, met in closed session for nearly two hours for the purpose of conducting a superintendent evaluation.

“We analyze three crucial areas,” Washburn explained to Superintendent Kristi Teall and the six of seven board members present. “We will look at student achievement, leadership and management, or day-to-day operations, budget-like aspects.”

The group will look at items such as Teall’s 90-day plan, was it successful, what she is working on and what she should be working on and future goals.

After the session, Washburn will analyze the data and map it out for the board to read aloud at a future board meeting.

“The session went very well,” board President Roxanne Switzer said. “Mike facilitated the questions we wanted to ask her, and Kristi shared what she felt she should be doing.”

Because Teall was hired only six month ago, Switzer said, some board members felt it was too soon for an annual evaluation. The board agreed to conduct mini-evaluations every two months for the first year.

Correspondent Lori Hansen is a Greenville-area resident.

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