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Board of Education: Superintendent Evaluation

Superintendent Scott Howard
The Butler County Board of Education conducted an evaluation of Superintendent Scott Howard, giving him high marks in a lengthy special called meeting Thursday at the Butler County Education Complex.
The Board held a work session for over an hour before the meeting, getting training from Bill Lovell of the Kentucky School Board Association on superintendent evaluation.  Lovell went over principles of evaluation and the state requirements for evaluating a superintendent.  He pointed out that in most counties the school superintendent was “the CEO of the largest employer in the county.”
When the meeting started, the Board immediately went into executive session to evaluate Superintendent Howard.  The closed session lasted for an hour and a half.  Upon returning to open session, Board Chairperson Karen Evans announced that Howard’s rating on all nine performance standards was a 4, signifying Outstanding and the highest rating possible.  The standards are: Leadership and District Culture, Policy and Governance, Communications and Community Relations, Organizational Management, Curriculum Development, Instructional Leadership, Human Resources Management, Values and Ethics of Leadership, and Student Achievement and Learning.  The Board approved the evaluation, and Evans stated that the school system was “very fortunate” to have Howard as superintendent.
The Board discussed adopting the Kentucky Center for School Safety’s STOP Program that addresses bullying, violence, and risky behavior.  Howard recommended the STOP Program and said that all school system principals are on board with the program.  The Board approved the STOP Program, and Howard reported that there would be a presentation on the program at the July meeting.
In other business, the Board approved a one-year educational leave for a teacher at Morgantown Elementary School; the creation of an exceptional child teaching position at Butler County High School due to increased enrollment; and a change in the meeting date for July from the 8th to the 22nd.
Story by Don Thomason, Beech Tree News

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