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Teacher support of superintendent, central office dwindling

Dr. Donna Hargens (Source: WAVE 3 News) Dr. Donna Hargens (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Jefferson County Public School Board of Education has met on multiple occasions to discuss the evaluation of Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens.

As permitted by KRS 61.810(1)(k) of the Open Meetings Act and KRS 156.557(6)(c) the Board met in Executive Session on a number of occasions during the course of the year to conduct preliminary discussions regarding the Superintendent’s evaluation and to provide formative feedback to the Superintendent.

  • On June 8, 2016, the Board received an electronic portfolio of evidence responding to SPGES (Superintendent Professional Growth and Effectiveness System) standards.
  • On June 14, 2016, the Board met in Executive Session for a preliminary discussion concerning the Superintendent’s 2015-16 Final Summative Evaluation, with the assistance of an external facilitator.
  • On June 14, 2016, the Superintendent presented the 2015-16 Year in Review.
  • On June 17, 2016, the Board met in Executive Session for a preliminary discussion concerning the Superintendent’s 2015-16 Final Summative Evaluation, with the assistance of an external facilitator.


At Tuesday’s board meeting, the evaluation will be presented to the board and then made available to the public.

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Over the past school year, Hargens received some criticism from parents, teachers and stakeholder groups who were concerned about over-testing students, teacher safety, student-restraint numbers not being reported to the state, as well as multiple personnel shake-ups in the central office.

Thousands of people even signed a petition asking for the removal of Dr. Hargens and data throughout the past five years shows that support is trickling for the Superintendent and the central office.

According to the Comprehensive School Survey, teacher support of the superintendent and central office, is at an all-time low when comparing the past four years.

The CSS provides feedback from teachers, parents, staff members and students about school culture and climate.
 
When comparing school-based certified teachers, in 2012, 81.7 percent who were surveyed agreed with the statement: “The superintendent and central office administrators provide effective leadership for schools.”
 
In 2013, 81.2 percent agreed with the statement, in 2014, 80 percent agreed with the statement, in 2015, 74 percent agreed with the statement, and now in 2016, 50.5 percent of school-based certified teachers agreed with the statement.
 
According to the Jefferson County Teachers Association President Brent McKim, this data is consistent with the feedback JCTA is getting from its members.

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