ESCANABA - The Escanaba School Board met in executive session for nearly an hour Monday to review and discuss a new state law approved by the Michigan legislature regarding methods used for evaluation of superintendents and teachers.
The revision went into effect this past January. A former policy pertaining to a review of official transcripts and procedures for changing grades was repealed by Act 289 of 1995. This law went into effect on July 1, 1996.
Under the revised school code recently passed by legislature, each public and intermediate school district is now required to adopt and implement a rigorous, transparent and fair performance evaluation system.
The new system, reviewed and discussed by the board, mandates that evaluations be conducted annually. It also dictates that timely and constructive feedback be given to Superintendent Michele Burley.
The revised school code "establishes clear approaches to measuring student growth and provides teachers and school administrators with relevant data on student growth."
The revised code also details steps to be taken by school boards requiring the evaluation of job performance use multiple rating categories. It takes into account student growth data as a significant factor.
The new school code also addresses the effectiveness of not only superintendents, but teachers. It gives teachers or superintendents plenty of time to show improvement where they may be found lacking as part of their performance evaluation.
The revision also provides for the removal of ineffective tenured and untenured teachers and school administrators on the basis of failure to improve their performance. School boards have the option of removing an ineffective teacher or administrator provided the decision is based on use of rigorous standards and streamlined, transparent and fair procedures.
The revised school code also includes provisions for professional development to promote, retain and develop teachers and school administrators.
In other business Monday, the Escanaba School Board:
Approved hiring Rodger Good and Bob Bricker as full-time bus drivers, Gary Way as a full-time mechanic, Martina Campbell as varsity competitive cheerleading coach, Ashley Wakefield as JV competitive cheer coach and Cheri Lehto as National Honor Society advisor. The positions are not newly-created positions, but existing positions that were vacant due to retirements.