Superintendent Mike Miles’s performance appraisal originally scheduled for May 15, then delayed until July 15, is now promised by the end of September.
The Performance Evaluation Instrument states that the Board of Trustees has adopted a vision of becoming a “premiere urban school district”. Woo-hoo! Let the curtains rise! We ain’t just the best, we’re gonna be a movie!
The suspense is more than I can take. Like waiting for a Star Wars sequel, we need a trailer to keep the interest level up.
Keep in mind that, like box office sales, the success or failure of this evaluation has an impact on Dallas ISD and the community beyond a congratulatory headline and a feel-good edition of CAPE eNews.
The Superintendent’s contract ends in 2015. If he receives the “Maximum” performance evaluation his contract will be automatically extended to 2017. A “Proficient” rating will earn a one year extension.
On top of the Superintendent’s $300,000 salary and benefits, he is eligible for a $15-75,000 yearly performance bonus for a performance rating of Proficient or above, an up to $125,000 yearly bonus for student achievement, and a $50, 000 employment incentive that accrues until 2017 when, if he’s still here, it can be cashed in.
While we’re waiting for the release of the evaluation, both the Performance Appraisal and the Academic Achievement Incentive, let’s run a teaser; here’s the list of six major expectations the Board has for Mike Miles (pages 5 and 6 of the PDF). You be the judge, has he delivered? Keep in mind it’s not all or nothing, the scoring is Commendable (3.6 points), Exceeds (2.9), Proficient (1.9), Needs Improvement (1.3), Unsatisfactory (zip)
Guidelines say that the “criterion is scored based on the percentage of the performance”. I guess that would mean $10 million in E-Rate funds would earn a score of 1.8, which is less than Proficient, but is certainly not Zip, and oh so close to 1.9 a few trustees may fudge it out of kindness. But we don’t have even $10 million in E-Rate funds yet, so we know the score there. Trustees should remember to bring a calculator to the evaluation meeting.
Are these expectations reasonable? And was it indeed a good idea to tie compensation to these deliverables? Let us know!
The district receives a minimum of $20 million in E-Rate funds by August 30, 2013.
Technology contracts are the district’s highest dollar items after construction. Up until this year, they were all tagged as E-Rate eligible, as if we expected those funds to someday pay for them. Contracts this year have not used that terminology and are funded mostly by either General Operating Funds or Bond Funds. The district has been pretty quiet on whether or when we will get out of E-rate jail and actually receive some money. Apparently Miles doesn’t have the key.
The qualitative portion of the new teacher evaluation system is ready for implementation for the 2013-2014 school year.
This would be spot obs and IPads?
Every high school offers AP classes in all core subject areas for the 2013-2014 school year.
When and if the district posts Master Schedules online, we can check this. We can find out if AP trained teachers or unqualified subs are teaching the class. Rangel girls can tell you there’s a difference.
Average daily breakfast service rates reach 40% of enrolled students by May 31, 2013.
I am going to guess that having more students eat breakfast saves the district money somehow, or brings us money. But maybe this is a hunger initiative. How, and if, the superintendent manages to get more kids to eat breakfast at school will be interesting to hear. This shouldn’t be a problem when Breakfast in the Classroom, a program sponsored by trustee Dan Micciche, rolls out.
The 2012-2013 fiscal year ending fund balance exceeds $200 million.
The fund balance was already $201 million when this expectation was finally approved by the trustees. That the fund balance was built on the backs of teachers, using funded vacancies, is notable, but not included in the evaluation. A few contracts let out for more than the district will be billed might have helped, too. Maybe they also checked under the sofa cushions.
The board has a dashboard to analyze ongoing district performance metrics by August 2013.
I’d like to have one of those! How many metrics are we measuring? How are they defined? Is it up and running?
OK, everyone, mark those score sheets and let’s compare!