School board evaluates superintendent

March 20, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

School board evaluates superintendent

The Washington County Board of Education met behind closed doors Friday to evaluate Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett Jr.'s first four months on the job.

Board members would not talk about what was discussed in the meeting, but said publicly that Bartlett was doing a "remarkable job."

People may say Bartlett is tough, but the former Virginia educator realizes the Board of Education wants results, said board member Doris J. Nipps.


"I think we're going in the right direction," Nipps said.

Bartlett has done a good job given some of the challenges he has faced, Nipps said.

Just before Bartlett arrived, a curriculum audit of the school system showed a wide variety of problems ranging from shortcomings in curriculum development to infrequent use of computers.

When Bartlett came aboard in November, board members stated in his contract that his first evaluation would be this month, Nipps said.

It is a standard evaluation process that grades Bartlett on five areas:

- How he relates to the Board of Education.

- How he relates to community.

- His administration.

- Current goals

- Professional characteristics.

Each board member uses a form to evaluate Bartlett in the five areas. In Friday's meeting, board members condensed the results of the individual evaluations into one report.

Bartlett was not at the meeting.

Board members are scheduled to meet with Bartlett Tuesday to dicuss the results, said Board of Education President Robert L. Kline.

Because Bartlett started work in the middle of the year in 1997, he is now acting superintendent of schools. Under state law, four-year contracts for superintendents must begin on July 1.

When Bartlett was hired, school officials said he will begin a four-year contract this July 1.

On Friday, however, Kline said that is not an automatic process.

Board members will meet this summer to discuss whether they want to give Bartlett a four-year contract, Kline said.

Board member Edwin Hayes would not comment on the evaluation.

Board members B. Marie Byers and Andrew R. Humphreys could not be reached for comment.

Bartlett's annual salary is $105,000.

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