Schools director Dukes to get more goals

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

More goals are being established for the director of schools here.

They're from a review of the director's evaluation that's to continue May 2 when the Marshall County School Board is to meet again.

"Let's look at what we have to do to be successful," Schools Director Roy Dukes said during a lengthy work session Thursday. "Don't dwell on the past, but move forward. I would like to move forward."

The director's remarks came after board members returned to the meeting room after a 40-minute conference call with attorney Sam Jackson.

The non-voting session was to be "an open night for discussion" of the schools director's evaluation, Chairman Mike Keny said.

Board member Barbara Kennedy added an observation that would appear to have been based on the board's conference call with the lawyer.

"We have a statutory responsibility to provide Mr. Dukes with goals and objectives," she said. "The results (of his evaluation) indicate we have to point him in the right direction."

Board members decided to retain the goals they already have, and add some new goals for Dukes.

New goals proposed for Dukes during the work session include:

* Exceed the state-required scores on standard tests by at least five percent by 2014;

* Determine the most cost-effective way to use personnel;

* Create a professional working environment at the schools' Central Office;

* Provide the board with timely and accurate financial information;

* Comply with state laws, negotiated contracts, and board policies relating to employment practices; and,

* Hire the best people.