EVALUATION OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
The Superintendent is the educational and administrative leader of the educational systems serving Shutesbury school-aged children. The School Committee believes that regular evaluation of the Superintendent, with input from members of the Shutesbury School Committee, is an important way to ensure that the Superintendent is able to provide the high quality leadership necessary to best serve the school-aged children of Shutesbury School District.
Participation in two education systems
The school-aged children of Shutesbury participate in two educational systems – the Erving Union #28 for grades K-6 and the Amherst-Pelham Region for grades 7-12. Each system has its own superintendent appointed and supervised by bodies in which Shutesbury School Committee is represented.
As the supervisory body for the Superintendent of Union #28, the Joint Supervisory Committee of Union #28 rather than the Shutesbury School Committee, shall determine and conduct the evaluation process for the Superintendent. All members of the Shutesbury School Committee shall provide evaluation of the Superintendent based upon the process determined by the Joint Supervisory Committee, consistent with Massachusetts law.
As the supervisory body for the Superintendent of the Amherst-Pelham Region, the Regional School Committee, rather than the Shutesbury School Committee, evaluates the Superintendent. Input from members of the Shutesbury School Committee shall be through the committee’s regional representative. Consistent with the Regional Agreement, the Shutesbury School Committee is represented by one member on the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee.
Goals and Process of Evaluation
As guided by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, an evaluation of the Superintendent will strive to accomplish the following:
· Clarify for the Superintendent his/her role in the school system as seen by the School Committee.
· Clarify for all Committee members the role of the Superintendent in light of his/her job description and the immediate priorities among his/her responsibilities as agreed upon by the Committee and the Superintendent.
· Develop effective working relationships between the School Committee and Superintendent.
· Provide administrative leadership to promote excellence for the school district.
Regarding the Union #28 Superintendent
In advance of an evaluation of the superintendent by the Union #28 Committee or the Amherst-Pelham Region, the representative(s) for the Shutesbury School Committee shall solicit input from the Shutesbury School Committee on the evaluation process and data used for the upcoming evaluation.
If allowed by law and not otherwise prohibited by Union #28, all members of the Shutesbury School Committee will be given an opportunity to evaluate the Superintendent. The Shutesbury representative(s) to the Joint Supervisory Committee shall seek to ensure that each member of the Shutesbury School Committee has no less than 14 days to complete and submit an evaluation of the Superintendent.
Regarding Amherst Regional’s Superintendent
All members of the Shutesbury School Committee will be given an opportunity to provide feedback regarding the Amherst Regional Superintendent through the Shutesbury representative for the region. The Shutesbury representative to the Amherst-Pelham Region shall gather input in open session from the Shutesbury School Committee prior to the evaluation of the regional superintendent.
The Shutesbury representative(s) shall ensure that whatever data from the Superintendent’s evaluation is legally allowed to be shared with members of a local school committee shall be made available for review by members of the Shutesbury School Committee in a timely manner.
The Shutesbury School Committee believes in evaluating the Superintendent on an annual basis.
The School Committee reserves the right to provide the Superintendent with feedback on initiatives specific to the Shutesbury School District.
Policies of the Shutesbury School Committee regarding the evaluation of the Superintendent may complement but not supersede policies of Union #28 or the Amherst-Pelham Region.
First vote: 12-16-10
Second reading, first vote: 01-13-11
Final vote: 02-17-11