SA school board prepares to evaluate administrators

Authored by Manda Arnold on Dec 14, 2012

The South Adams School Board approved the evaluation plans for the administrators as recommended by superintendent Scott Litwiller. For the superintendent’s evaluation, the school board will follow the Indiana School Board Association rubric and plan with the final score being combined by 70 percent Assessment Rubric (board’s professional judgment), 10 percent the A-F School Accountability grade as determined by the Department of Education, and 20 percent the superintendent’s goals and objectives, which will be determined by the collaborative judgment of the board and superintendent.
The principals evaluation will be based off of the Department of Education principal effectiveness rubric and plan with the percentages being set at 60 percent Assessment Rubric (superintendent’s professional judgment), 20 percent the A-F School Accountability grade as determined by the Department of Education, and 20 percent the principal’s goals and objectives, which will be determined by the collaborative judgment of the principal and superintendent.
In business news, the board passed a motion regarding the end of the year. They passed the year-end resolution authorizing Becky Biberstein, treasurer, and Litwiller to make the necessary transfers and pay the necessary claims during the final days of December 2012 and beginning days of January 2013.
The board also approved the driver’s education program at South Adams. The first course will begin on January 14 and will take place on Mondays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Another course is being planned for the spring semester. The fee will be $300 for South Adams students and $340 for non-South Adams students.
Upon the recommendation of Litwiller, the board unanimously approved addendums to the contracts of high school principal Trent Lehman, middle school and interim elementary school principal Jeff Rich, and Title I director Michelle Clouser compensating them for extra responsibilities they have taken on due to unexpected resignations.
The board approved Dave Vorhees’ request to purchase a generator, not to exceed $15,000, to be used for long-term power outages. The generator would be able to keep the boiler functioning in the winter to prevent the pipes from freezing and the kitchen’s freezer running to keep food from spoiling in the summer.
In personnel news, the board approved one retirement and one resignation on Tuesday evening. Diane Wingler, food service director, will be retiring at the end of the school year. Wingler has been at South Adams for 39 years – four years as a cook, one year as the secretary to the food service director and 34 years as the food service director.
Wendy Schlagenhauf, part-time nurse, will be resigning to take a full time position at the Bluffton Elementary School. The resignation is pending approval by the Bluffton School Board to approve her hiring.
In other news, for the second consecutive year, the students from all three county schools will be following the same calendar during the 2013-2014 school year. Litwiller and school board secretary John Mann worked with the superintendents and school board from Adams Central and North Adams as well as teachers to create the calendar for the new school year.
The board approved the overnight field trip request by wrestling coach Eric Myers to take the wrestling team to Westfield High School near Indianapolis on Friday, December 21 to compete in the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Team State Competition on Saturday, December 22. They will be returning to South Adams on Saturday, December 22.
Finally, the Tuesday, January 8 meeting will be at 7:00 p.m., with the swearing in of the new and returning board members taking place at 6:45 p.m. in the high school conference room.

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