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Carroll sees benefits in new evaluation system
, Courier Staff Writer
Friday, November 22, 2013 10:00 AM
A new evaluation system continues to benefit teachers and staff as they learn more about the program during its pilot year in Carroll County Schools.
The district's assistant superintendent Bill Hogan told school board members during a meeting Thursday that 15 peer evaluators met recently to provide feedback on the system that will become standard in the coming years. So far, the state has not notified school districts when the new Professional Growth and Effectiveness System will be fully implemented.
"Overwhelmingly, they said the process is good," Hogan said.
Several of the teachers felt like the evaluation process has already helped them improve in their classroom and effectiveness as teachers, he said.
Teachers in the pilot program will continue with the next step of peer-to-peer observations before teachers and administrators meet again in January to discuss how the evaluation process again.
The state had planned to roll out the system next year, Hogan said at a previous meeting, but those plans have been pushed back in hopes of working out most of the issues with the evaluations for teacher effectiveness before rolling out the full system.
"They think we just need to continue to learn," he said.
The state also continues to change portions of the teacher evaluation system so that fewer changes will be made once the program is implemented statewide.
"This system is evolving," Hogan said, noting some of the evaluation pieces have changed during the pilot program.
Hogan plans to continue updates with the school board as more information about the evaluation system becomes available from the state and the pilot program continues in Carroll County Schools.
Also during the meeting, the Carroll County High School choir performed two songs with choir instructor Rachel Hodge.
The choir plans to hold a concert in the high school cafeteria at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12.
Hodge was honored as the Champion for Kids following the performance by Superintendent Lisa James. Hodge worked with the elementary school children prior to working with the high school choir.
"She has a lot of programs that are outstanding," James said.
In other business:
Prior to the school board meeting, Dru Maiden was sworn in to the vacant school board seat. Maiden had resigned the seat in June due to her retirement from a position working with District Judge Elizabeth Chandler. A retirement restriction required her to resign from all positions she served.
School board members approved the 2012-2013 district audit. The audit was presented by Jerilyn Zapp from Raisor, Zapp and Woods.
Zapp noted the revenues of the district remained virtually the same as the previous years, with the general fund similar as well.
The district did make several investments in the district for buildings and technology.
Zapp encouraged the district to look into internal controls to make sure something doesn't slip through. She said more eyes looking over financial statements would help to catch small errors.
Zapp also encouraged the district to review procedures that might have changed over the last year.
The district's elementary instructional supervisor Pam Williams discussed the head start program with the board during the meeting. All of the information must be discussed annually, she said.
The presentation highlighted policies and procedures, as well as the school board's roll in the head start program.
The head start program undergo an annual audit in December.
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