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FWCS mulls revisions for chief’s review

New panel to meet with Robinson

Plans to revamp the superintendent’s evaluation process are on hold as Fort Wayne Community Schools board members move forward to set district goals.

During a work session Monday, the school board appointed three board members to a committee with FWCS Superintendent Wendy Robinson as discussions continue on ways to evaluate her performance.

Board President Mark GiaQuinta, Vice President Julie Hollingsworth and board member Glenna Jehl will meet with Robinson in a subcommittee.

The process FWCS uses to evaluate Robinson’s performance was drawn heavily from an evaluation used by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

The school board began using the evaluation in September 2011.

Since then, it has struggled to gather the data, such as ISTEP+ scores, needed from state Department of Education in order to determine her performance-based pay.

As superintendent, Robinson oversees a district with more than 30,400 students. She will receive $201,150 for this school year.

Last week, the board discussed evaluation plans used by school districts in Virginia and Texas, as suggested by board attorney Tim McCaulay.

Some board members said they would like to see sections of the Virginia plan – especially those that eliminate convoluted language and ambiguous ideas – included in the format FWCS uses.

But GiaQuinta said he would rather make the necessary adjustments to the existing plan.

“I don’t think the system needs to be thrown away, we just need to make it better,” he said. “We’re light-years from where we were.”

The committee will continue to meet through April and will provide updates to other board members along the way, McCaulay said.

During upcoming board work sessions on March 3 and 17 and April 21, the board plans to discuss district goals including increasing student achievement, supporting students and staff, and improving schools.

jcrothers@jg.net

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