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March 22nd, 2009
San Marcos trustees review evaluation

By CHRISTINA THRASH
News Reporter

The San Marcos CISD trustees are trying to restructure the evaluation form for Superintendent Patty Shafer.

The board called a special meeting about the matter earlier this month and approval of the new document is expected at the March 30 trustees meeting.

Trustees President Judy Allen said the board wishes to make the document clearer and more specific. One change, for example, would consist in evaluating achievements separately, rather than grouping several together. By the lights of a document that lumps four goals together in one, the superintendent could achieve three of the goals and not receive credit for them.

“We want to improve our current documents,” Allen said. “We have a good superintendent evaluation system. We have other school districts that are using San Marcos’ superintendent document as a model. Some other school districts’ are vague, and ours is more specified,”

The board also discussed scheduling a workshop to talk about progress in the school district’s five goals. Those goals are: improving academic achievement, providing a culture of high expectations for all students, preparing students to excel in a changing workplace through career and technical education programs, being acknowledged as a school district of choice, and maintaining fiscal soundness.

“We are … financially sound, and we have sound money practices,” Allen said. “Our accountability ratings are high, and we have a good fund balance, as opposed to a couple of years ago, when it was unacceptable.”

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