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A Message from Our Superintendent

Dear RASD Parents and Guardians,

Below you will find two summative evaluation documents regarding my performance for the 2017-2018 school year. The cumulative evaluation from the 360* district staff evaluation was proficient. The cumulative evaluation from the board was satisfactory.

The initial document is the 360* evaluation. This performance assessment was given to all bargaining units including confidential employees, service personnel, and professional staff members. Each bargaining unit president or representative was asked to anonymously distribute five surveys per group for a total of fifteen responses; of the fifteen responses distributed, fourteen were returned for a 93% return rate. The survey was conducted between April 16 and May 1. One survey was submitted past the deadline of May 1 but was included in the computation.

In addition, the board responses regarding the superintendent evaluation form for the 2017-2018 school year are also attached.

The processes of evaluation are both constructive and professional and will be helpful in guiding my reflection, focus, attention, and work as superintendent for the upcoming school year. Further, these evaluations will help shape my service to the district and community as a school leader.

Regarding the staff response in the 360* evaluation, the following will be areas of focus for me:

    1. Leadership for collaboration and communication (9.3)
    2. Use resources to enhance the overall school culture and engagement (9.4)
    3. Effective utilization of support staff to contribute to the overall mission of the district
    4. Increase opportunities for non-college bound students
    5. Improve communication across the district

    Regarding the board evaluation, the following will be areas of focus for me:

    1. Leadership that promotes personalized student success by collaborating, communicating, engaging, and empowering others to pursue excellence in learning (Standard 4)
    2. Continue to build trust across the district through practices that emphasizes high standards and professional ethics
    3. Continue to promote lifelong learning through and with others

    As we prepare for the 2018-2019 school year, there will be a district goal-development meeting convened in July. The purpose of this meeting will be to conclude the stakeholder contributions to the district goal-development process that began in May, but was interrupted by hazardous weather. The administration will use the information to formulate district goals to be taken to the board in August for review, revision, and approval.

    The administration and staff are working collaboratively through a committee format to review and revise the evaluation process and tools of both the professional staff and the support staff. Eleven professional staff members have volunteered to be on the committee. Three support staff members have volunteered to be on the committee. The committees will voluntarily put the work in over the summer on the teacher-effectiveness evaluation plan and the support-staff evaluation plan. Processes and tools will be taken to the board in August for approval.

    As a district, there was a significant amount of work done this school year. That work was a collaborative process across stakeholder groups. Everyone played an integral role in various collaborative efforts. I really appreciate everyone's support and participation. I want to share with you that many noted the increased level of collaboration and transparency. I look forward to growing the collaborative momentum in the coming year.

    Sincerely,

      Heather A. McMahon-Vargas

      Heather A. McMahon-Vargas, Superintendent