École centrale Masséna board members asked to evaluate their performance | Education


MASSENA — The Massena Central School District School Board gives an annual evaluation to the district superintendent, and now he plans to evaluate himself.

Board Chairman Paul A. Haggett told board members last week that he would like to reintroduce a self-assessment for the board.

“I touched on this a bit last month, and it has to do with this self-assessment that I would like to see the board do on our performance,” he said.

Haggett said he asked Amber L. Baines, chair of the district’s policy committee, to review the existing policy regarding board self-assessment, and some revisions were made. The board approved the first reading of the revised policy at its meeting last week.

“Since at least 2016, it has been the policy of the board to perform an annual self-assessment of our performance, but we have never done this self-assessment since I have been on board,” he said.

Policy 2340 addresses self-evaluation by saying, “The board shall review the effectiveness of its internal operations through periodic self-evaluation, which shall take place at the suggestion of the chair of the board or the school board . The Superintendent and others who work regularly with the Council may be invited to participate in this review and suggest ways in which the Council can improve its functioning as a legislative body.

When evaluating themselves, council members consider the needs of the district and the capacity of the council to meet those needs; the district’s goals for its education programs; the council’s relationship with the district superintendent and staff; the board’s relationship with its supervising district (Cooperative Educational Services Board); and the community’s perception of board members as leaders in education.

Haggett said the New York State School Boards Association has a self-assessment guide that shows the professional standards boards should use to assess themselves. The guide, online at wdt.me/2LVdby, explains why boards should self-assess.

“Even though there is no legal requirement for the school board to self-assess, the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) recognizes the value of an annual school board self-assessment. Effective administrators engage in an ongoing process of self-assessment and use the results to identify opportunities for improvement,” it reads.

“Most importantly, NYSSBA believes it is the responsibility of the board to help improve school and student success. The board’s willingness to engage in self-assessment serves as a model for the rest of the district. This indicates that board members take their responsibilities seriously. Their interest in self-improvement sets the tone for others in the district to engage in ongoing review of their own performance,” reads -on in the guide.

Mr. Haggett said the board used a paper evaluation form provided by NYSSBA for superintendent evaluations.

“However, I like the SuperEval platform that we now use for superintendent evaluation,” he said.

SuperEval is an online leadership assessment tool for school districts. It is particularly intended for school boards, superintendents, principals and administrators.

“I contacted SuperEval, who also offer a board self-assessment module that follows the NYSSBA guide, and SuperEval gave our board access to this module for free this year. So we have a sort of online platform to be able to do a board self-assessment, and obviously we would like to carry that over to subsequent school years,” Mr Haggett said. “So, with your cooperation, I will ask each board member to not only evaluate Mr. Brady (Superintendent Patrick H. Brady), but also to evaluate our performance as a governing body.”

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