Columbia Co. School Board considers new superintendent evaluation system

By: Stephanie Baker
By: Stephanie Baker

The Columbia County School Board will evaluate their superintendent, just one month after a very controversial evaluation of Richmond County Superintendent Dr. Charles Larke.

Education Team 12's Stephanie Baker is on your side with how a new evaluation system released this morning could help your child's test scores.

Improving the schools is the goal every year when board members evaluate Superintendent Tommy Price.

Mother, grandmother, and great grandmother Ruth Pirtle has seen generations of children go through the system.

"Seems to me they take so many pains to do so many things that benefit the children," Pirtle says.

One of those things is improving test scores.

Last year several schools did not make standards set by the No Child Left Behind Act.

That's why board member Regina Buccafusco wants to use the new evaluations from the Georgia School Board Association.

"The new one really focuses on student achievement and how the superintendent led the system to increase achievement," Buccafusco says.

She says the current forms aren't as user friendly, and don't communicate the their suggestions quite as well.

Superintendent Price says regardless of which version of the evaluation they go with, feedback is helpful for him to set goals for the next school year.

"I think it's a very fair process and where we come up short, we can set priorities for the coming year," says Price.

Both versions give board members an anonymous voice to make suggestions and express concerns to the superintendent.

Topics include leadership, community involvement, and, of course, how well students are learning.

"It's more of a teambuilding process than a negative process. That's how we've done it over the years," says Buccafusco. She says it's always worked well.

But the new form could mean more improvements for the 15 kids in Ruth Pirtle's family and the many other students across the county.

The board will vote on whether to use the new or old version at their meeting April 25.

The chairman will present a summary of the evaluations on May 9.

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