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Posted: Thursday, 21 August 2014 2:54PM

In a word, GC School Superintendent's School Board evaluation: Outstanding



The Grayson County School Board recently completed its yearly evaluation of Superintendent Barry Anderson. The Board has four categories to choose from when rating areas of Anderson’s performance – Unacceptable, Needs Improvement, Good, Excellent, and Outstanding. Here are the results of Anderson’s latest evaluation:

Leadership and District Culture

Definition -- This standard stresses the Superintendent’s performance in leadership through empowering others, visioning, helping shape school culture and climate, and understanding the multicultural and ethnic differences.

The Superintendent’s performance for this standard: Outstanding

School Board comments: Mr. Anderson maintains a student-focus leadership model. Last year’s focus “Every child, every day” promoted this philosophy. Mr. Anderson is continually trying to model self-improvement to both staff and children to assure the high levels of performance.

Policy and Governance

Definition -- Working with the Board to formulate internal and external District policy, defining mutual expectations of performance with the Board and demonstrating good school governance to staff, students and the community at large.

The Superintendent’s performance for this standard: Outstanding

School Board comments: Mr. Anderson is very knowledgeable of roles and responsibility of both school administration and the Board members. He supports good governance by keeping the Board informed, and seeks legal counsel when needed to ensure compliance with all federal, state, regional and local governments, as well as Board policies. He maintains a relationship with all legislators in order to advocate for our district.

Organizational Management

Definition: This standard requires the Superintendent to gather and analyze data for decision-making, and for making recommendations to the Board. It stresses the skills necessary to meet internal and external customer expectations and to effectively allocate resources.

The Superintendent’s performance for this standard: Outstanding

School Board comments: Mr. Anderson promotes the use of data in both shaping instruction and allocating finances. He also is dedicated to the safety of students and staff by assuring policies and procedures are in place. He knows the importance of meeting deadlines, as required. School plans are in place, and updated accordingly.

Curriculum Planning and Development

Definition: This standard addresses the Superintendent’s skills in staying up-to-date in curriculum, teaching, listening and testing theories. It requires the Superintendent to make sound recommendations for learning technologies.

The Superintendent’s performance for this standard: Outstanding

School Board comments: Mr. Anderson stays abreast of best practices in curriculum, teaching, testing and learning theories, and also consults with district administrative leadership to make sound recommendations in this area. He promotes the use of technology in instruction, and is constantly looking for ways to improve the use of technology in our schools.

Instructional Leadership

Definition: While Curriculum and Planning (the above standard) addresses what is to be taught; this standard emphasizes how it should be taught. It emphasizes the skills required to ensure that the most effective teaching techniques are in place, and that all instructional resources are used to maximize student achievement. This standard also requires applying research and best practices with respect to diversity sensitivities.

The Superintendent’s performance for this standard: Outstanding

School Board comments: Mr. Anderson is always looking for strategies to improve student learning, and staff development. He works closely with district administrative staff to assure strides are made in this area. He works closely with industry to provide opportunities for students, and provides “boot camps” for potential administrators.

Human Resources Management

Definition: This performance requires skills in developing and implementing a staff performance evaluation system. It also requires skills in applying ethical, contractual and legal requirements for personnel selection, development, retention, promotion and dismissal.

The Superintendent’s performance for this standard: Outstanding

School Board comments: Mr. Anderson has worked with district administrators to implement the state-based evaluation system for staff. He is very supportive of professional development for staff in order to improve instruction. He has actively recruited district staff interested in administrative positions in preparation for the future of the district.

Values and Ethics of Leadership

This standard requires the understanding and modeling of appropriate value systems, ethics and moral leadership. It also requires Superintendents to exhibit multicultural and ethnic understanding and to coordinate with social agencies and human services to help students grow and develop as caring, informed citizens.

The Superintendent’s performance for this standard: Outstanding

School Board comments: Mr. Anderson is very conscious of always modeling good moral and ethical character in everything does. He is well-aware both staff and students are always watching and wants to set a good example. He encourages this with all staff as well. He is highly professional in his role and is always willing to find common ground with any individual or group with whom he meets. He values teaching our students to become caring, informed citizens.
 
Student Achievement and Learning

Definition: This standard recognizes that improving student achievement is a critical component of the Superintendent position. It requires that the Superintendent take responsibility for district oversight of student learning.

The Superintendent’s performance for this standard: Outstanding

School Board comments: Mr. Anderson takes pride in improving achievement at all levels. He is willing to use any reasonable means available to do so, from assuring students get to school during unfavorable weather conditions, to recognizing various groups and/or individual student successes. He is immersed in assuring high levels of student learning are taking place.
 
 

 

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