Superintendent on track according to board evaluation

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Superintendent on track according to board evaluation

By RACHEL HEATON
rheaton@beaufortgazette.com
Published Tuesday, November 1, 2011   |  391 Words  |  

Beaufort County Superintendent Valerie Truesdale's contract was extended an additional year to June 2015, following a vote Tuesday by the board of education.

The extension comes without a pay increase. Truesdale makes $205,000 a year.

She was evaluated Saturday in a closed session as part of the board's two-day retreat.

At Tuesday's meeting, board secretary Laura Bush read a prepared statement on Truesdale's performance during the 2010-2011 school year.

"With higher expectations evident in all aspects of district and school operations, the superintendent has made significant strides in achieving board goals," Bush said.

The annual review is based on seven areas: academic achievement, financial management, facilities and operations, human resource services, community relations, student services and technology.

Progress in academic achievement is measured against 30 goals, many of which urge closing the gap between district scores and state scores on statewide tests. Bush said data was available for only 23 of the 30 goals; the district exceeded state averages in 12 of those areas.

The board statement highlighted continued growth on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards tests, but called for raising graduation rates and producing consistent high school exit exam scores.

Truesdale met 100 percent of the board's goals for management of the district; the statement highlighted her work in financial and human resource management.

Truesdale's contract was extended on an 8-1 vote. Board members Fred Washington Jr. and Steven Morello were absent. Board member Michael Rivers voted against the extension.

Rivers also voted against an extension last year. He said Tuesday that extending Truesdale's contract means she gets an additional $205,000 at a time when many district employees haven't seen a raise in years.

Truesdale thanked the board for its "vote of confidence" and thanked district staff.

"Our principals, teachers and students have embraced the bold goals set by this board," she said.

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