School boards using new evaluation tool

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone School Board discussed recent changes to its performance evaluation process for Superintendent Jay Kulbertis in closed session Monday.

The Gladstone and Rapid River School Boards officially adopted the Michigan Association of School Boards’ Superintendent Evaluation Tool this year. Kulbertis serves as superintendent for both the Gladstone and Rapid River school districts.

“It’s essentially a collection of rubrics used to gauge my performance in a variety of different areas,” Kulbertis said of this tool. In order to understand how to use the tool, every member of both boards took part in a training session earlier this month.

While the core evaluation process will not be changed by the tool, some elements of the process will be adjusted. “We’ve kind of added some steps,” Kulbertis said.

One of the requirements introduced is that Kulbertis provide a self-evaluation each year. This will not change the timing of his final performance review from the Gladstone School Board, which he will still receive at the end of the calendar year.

“That will put us on a cycle of Jay doing his self-evaluation with the new tool in November, and the board will do its evaluation in December,” Gladstone School Board President Steve O’Driscoll said.

The Dual-Superintendent Committee, which consists of representatives from the Gladstone and Rapid River School Boards, will be meeting in May to discuss timelines and processes for their superintendent evaluations. Additionally, the Gladstone and Rapid River school boards will each hold goal-setting sessions this summer; at these meetings, goals will be set for the boards and Kulbertis.

O’Driscoll noted these changes should help to streamline the board’s performance evaluation process.

“Hopefully, that will keep us from scrambling in November and December,” he said.

In other business, the board:

– accepted a letter rescinding intent to retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year from Chris Nivison.

– accepted letters of intent to retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year from Chris Nivison, Karen DeMay, Kari Fassbender and Cindy Jacobsen.

– accepted a letter of resignation from Matt Houle as assistant boys’ track coach.

– approved the hiring of Brian Hughes as junior high girls’ track coach and Kent King as assistant boys’ track coach.

– approved a temporary leave of absence for Halley Reichel as girls’ tennis coach for the 2017-18 season.