By Jacob Mathias
The Stevens Point School Board on Monday formed an ad hoc committee to explore options for which they would impose self-evaluation procedures.
In July the board discussed the new self-evaluation with new Interim Superintendent Lee Bush.
In a memo to the board, Bush said, “The purpose of this self-evaluation would be to understand the standards and indicators required to become a high-impact school board, and the outcomes that have been reached throughout the year according to these standards and indicators. The method utilized would be for the board to choose a self-evaluation instrument, study the standards and indicators, decide on which ones to prioritize for year one, and then complete the self-evaluation.”
“At the end of the school year, the board would again complete the evaluation to discover the comparison growth and progress made on the outcomes that were prioritized.”
The board was presented with two examples of a self evaluation model with one from the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and the other from the Oregon School Board Association. The method for self evaluation has not yet been chosen and will be explored by the committee.
The questions in the evaluations ask the board members to rank themselves on various aspects of board meeting procedure, board-staff relations, accountability and communication.
For example: The board will be given a statements such as “Board meetings are effective, efficient, orderly and respectful. The board members focus on the policy and governance roles of the board.”
The board members will then rank their performance from 0-Unacceptable to 4-Outstanding.
The four board members who volunteered for the committee are Judy Rannow, Patricia Baker, Sam Levin and Chris Scott.
“I truly believe in self improvement,” said Baker. “We are educators. We’re all looking to learn and improve…I love the idea of doing the self evaluation because it’s an opportunity for improvement.”
“We assess students all the time…I think we should be modeling that,” said Rannow.
Students in the district are assessed based on a rubric posted in all schools called “Point to Responsible Citizenship.”
“That’s a rubric we use to assess students on their behavior and we should be doing the same thing and modeling that for them,” said Rannow.
The next regular school board meeting will be held September 14 at 6:30 PM in the Bliss Educational Services Center.