Health coverage OK'd, evaluation form readied

Friday, November 19, 2010

Health insurance figures negotiated last week between representatives of the teachers and the Board of Education were unanimously approved by members of the School Board in a short special-called meeting Monday night.

Once the negotiated dollar amounts are approved by a vote of members of the Marshall County Education Association, the numbers become part of the teachers' contract until next year. After this business Monday, the board turned to schools director Roy Dukes' annual evaluation.

The evaluation form is "similar to what is done across the state," School Board attorney Sam Jackson said. Scoring will be on a scale of two to five, with no ones and no zeros. If a board member declines to score one question, it will not count as a zero, and will not be included in the average.

Jackson, or a member of his staff, will score the evaluations. The comments written by board members will be delivered to the board along with the final score.

"That's what we've done in the past with other boards," Jackson said.

Barbara Kennedy clarified that the comments would not be attributed to individual board members, though Jackson said it was more typical to include names.

Kennedy also made an amendment to the evaluation form as it was presented. Under the heading, "Directional Plan" board members were requested to list "five areas that need attention during the next year," but Dukes had already filled in the first two with "First to the Top" goals. Kennedy's amendment retained these, but gave board members the opportunity to name five additional areas, instead of just three.

Other sections of the evaluation deal with the director, his relationship with the school board, the instructional program, finance, personnel, support services, and public relations.

Jackson urged board members to type or print their comments, and to refrain from commenting on anyone other than Dukes.

Board members are to bring two copies of their evaluation to the December board meeting in sealed envelopes. One set of evaluations will be forwarded to Jackson, and one set is for board chairman Mike Keny.

At the January board meeting the evaluation will be discussed and, hopefully, Dukes and Keny will sign off on it.

Also at the Monday night meeting school board members also approved the low bid of $43,359 by Central States Bus Sales to supply 43 camera systems for school buses. There were two additional bids, the highest being almost $10,000 more than the accepted bid, and the other midway between the two.