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Chuck Adams has mastered his role as superintendent. That’s essentially what the Spencer County School Board said when they presented his evaluation Monday night.
Adams received his average scores from the district’s five school board members on a variety of topics, such as ethics, leadership qualities and the ability to develop relationships. Scores had the potential of ranging from one (unsatisfactory) to five (superior). Of the seven categories in which the superintendent was rated, board members gave him a proficient score in five areas and deemed the remaining two as satisfactory.
“Anytime you are looking at getting a four out of a possible score of five, you’ve got to be happy with that,” said Adams.
In fact, the superintendent did receive superior ratings under the heading of personal qualities. More specifically, in the areas of exercising good judgment and maintaining his composure during even the most trying circumstances.
Some of the board comments regarding the evaluation included:
“...shows a professional manner.”
“...keeps the board informed.”
“...pleased with the relationship the superintendent has with the community and media. He is actively present at numerous student activities and goes the extra distance to show support.”
“His guidance and direction are well presented and thought out.”
The category where Adams obtained the lowest average score was under the heading “business and finance” and applied to optimizing grant procurement.
Comments from the board stated that under current economic constraints, “the board would like the superintendent to promote and pursue additional grant opportunities.”
“I believe the intent is to look at the position of (district) grant writer,” said Adams, who added that he needed to clarify the board’s meaning before hiring another central office employee.
The school board did not elect to give Adams a pay raise over the state-mandated 1 percent – an amount equal to approximately $1,200.
In other school board news:
• The superintendent continued his discussion of acquiring land for a new elementary school. He stressed the importance of outlining a plan so that when funds become available, the district will be ready to move. The topic is expected to be added to the July agenda.
• Adams told board members that he is anticipating the amount of SEEK money to remain at the current year’s level under Governor Steve Beshear’s proposal to congress. That means about $135,000 less in the 2009-10 budget. The governor is also pushing for a 2.6 percent reduction in Flexible Focus funds.
Adams said that being able to use stimulus money toward certain salaries has given the district some financial stability.
• The board discussed problems with the roofs at the high school and in the older portion of Taylorsville Elementary. Director of Operations Brett Beaverson said that he has been working on getting estimates for insulated, foam roofs.
The high school is experiencing leaks related to work that was done while securing the HVAC units to the roof.
The roof problems of the 1938 portion of TES have been ongoing. Beaverson said that 75 percent of the roof is consistently wet because the layers of felt under the rubber coating hold water.
“It definitely needs attention,” said Beaverson.
Previous bids have estimated tearing the existing roof off and replacing close to $500,000. To repair the gym roof only, Beaverson said the cost could be $240,000.
• Incoming SCHS Principal Joceyln Lyons was given a $200/day stipend until her contract begins July 1.
• Board members agreed to provide a $500 stipend for teachers pursuing National Board Certification, with the condition that 75 percent will be refunded to the district upon completion. This action was agreed by the board for a one-year trial.