Update from School Board President Rob Reinhoffer
Dear Shorewood Schools Community,
First I would like to thank members of the community who responded to my recent post on the school district blog. Continuing to communicate is essential as we work through recent concerns.
Issues raised at our February 10, 2015 board meeting will be addressed through written communication with the intent that we clarify any inaccurate information and that we better communicate current efforts. We will publish this communication in the next few days.
We will also address concerns through specific discussions at our Board meetings. At our upcoming board meeting on February 24, 2015 we will have a report on our Advanced Learner Program. Other items will be addressed in the future.
Recent communication on the district blog and in social media is questioning the process and procedures used in the renewal of administrative contracts, and I would like to address those here. First, administrative contracts and extensions are governed by Wisconsin Statute 118.24. This details that administrator contracts must be for no more than 2 years, and when notice of renewals must be given. Additional information about contract renewals are included in the individual contracts, available on board books.
Second, the board makes determinations about renewals for the Superintendent alone. The Superintendent is responsible for making recommendations for all other administrative contracts and renewals.
Third, the board conducts two reviews of the Superintendent each year, and these form the basis of our decisions. As a matter of appropriate personnel practices, evaluation of employees is not discussed in public meetings. The board properly conducts these discussions in closed session. Conversations and discussions we have with parents, teachers, and administrators are taken into account in our evaluation process.
I would like to encourage our school community to focus on how we can work together to serve students. There will always be moments of disagreement. However, the manner in which we face these moments creates the opportunity to resolve issues and move forward or to further divide us. I ask you to think about how we might best come together for the students of Shorewood Schools.
School Board President
Saturday February, 21, 2015 at 11:00PM
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