Frankfort Independent Superintendent Rich Crowe earned higher scores overall on his annual job evaluation conducted Thursday by the Board of Education.
Summing up the review, Chairman Paul Looney said Crowe “met or exceeded expectations” over the last year, noting his improvement in four of the nine areas.
Board members praised him in particular for his curriculum planning, leadership of the district’s educators, and his work to start Frankfort’s OWN, an extracurricular program for African American male students.
They said he has developed relationships within the community, pushed for more technology in Frankfort schools, stayed up-to-date with changes in curriculum and instructional methods, and handled a shrinking budget.
Board members asked that Crowe work to improve the district website, build more relationships with the local business community and focus on recruitment and retention of quality teaching staff.
Board members scored Crowe individually before the meeting, and Chairman Paul Looney averaged the results in nine areas. They approved the evaluation 5-0 after public discussion.
Individual board members’ scores were not announced.
Crowe was judged on a five-point scale that included grades of unacceptable (0), needs improvement (1), good (2), excellent (3) and outstanding (4).
Crowe received scores of “outstanding” or 4 in two areas: curriculum planning and development, and values and ethics of leadership.
He earned “excellent” scores of 3 in seven areas: leadership and district culture, policy and governance, communications and community relations, organizational management, instructional leadership, human resources management, and student achievement and learning.
By comparison, in June 2011, board members rated Crowe “good” scores of 2 in two areas: organizational management and human resources management.
He earned “excellent” scores of 3 in seven areas: leadership and district culture, policy and governance, communications and community relations, curriculum planning development, instructional leadership, values and ethics of leadership, and student achievement and learning.
Crowe thanked the board members for their feedback and said he would work to ensure the “good areas stay good, and the places we need to improve, we will develop a plan to improve … student learning first and foremost.”
His salary remains unchanged at $98,310 – and he isn’t alone in foregoing a pay raise.
The board has so far declined to raise employee salaries next year, but discussed the possibility Thursday of a 1 percent increase.
Crowe told school board members that the school district’s year-end balance is better than expected – $750,000 versus the $450,000 that was projected earlier this year.
Crowe said a 1 percent raise plus benefits would cost the district about $50,000.
The board could act on the proposal at a meeting next month.