Administrators Face New "Metrics"
The idea sounds simple enough, but new Schools Superintendent Steve Gallon III said he wants to establish an ongoing process of accountability instead of the usual "one-moment-in-time" event of an annual evaluation. The first step is for each administrator to develop a plan for their work, then assessments will take place throughout the year before the evaluation.
Garnell Bailey, the new assistant superintendent for Administrative Services, began a brief overview of the new process by quoting the late management visionary Peter Drucker: "There is nothing as useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."
Gallon will make a full presentation of the new system at Tuesday's business meeting, 7 p.m. at Washington Community School. Parking for the Darrow Avenue school is available on the Spooner Avenue side.
The purpose of the new system is "to comply with state statutes and board rules, to provide direction, coordination and accountability for all administrators and to ensure alignment and link performance, assessment and evaluation to the district's strategic plan." Administrators will be asked to state their own performance goals in writing and will receive quarterly assessments. Those faltering in meeting goals will receive performance improvement plans.
The system will promote "tangible and measurable" evaluation criteria. It follows establishment of new titles for about 30 administrative functions and the creation of assistant superintendent posts for Administrative Services and Educational Services. Administrative staff formerly housed at 504 Madison Avenue and 1200 Myrtle Avenue will be consolidated at the Myrtle Avenue location.
The new system appears to reflect another Drucker saying: "What is measured improves."