Shelby County School Board: Superintendent to get annual public review

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Board also will consider job’s contract, compensation package

By Todd Martin

The Shelby County Board of Education will present its annual public review of Superintendent James Neihof at Thursday’s regular meeting at the board’s offices, 1155 Main Street Shelbyville.

This will be Neihof’s fourth review from the board, with the last three all having an average score of Excellent – the state-provided review has a range of Unacceptable, Needs Improvement, Good, Excellent and Outstanding.

Under state law the board is allowed first to present the review to Neihof in closed session, which it did at a meeting on June 13.

In last year’s presented review, the board awarded Neihof several Outstanding scores but scored his work in Policy and Government and Student Achievement and Learning as Good.

The board also levied “cautionary advice to focus on gap closure” in proficiency scores and challenged Neihof to take an even more vocal stance in marketing Shelby County Public Schools as an excellent, progressive school district.

District accreditation

Neihof also will ask the board for approval pursuing the AdvancED Accreditation program district-wide. Currently Shelby County High School is the only school with accreditation. The program was first discussed with the board in February.

Neihof told the board at that time that the process would be a reflection of the district’s goals.

“We’ve observed this process for about two years now, and I believe this is a great way to bring in an extra set of eyes to evaluate our district,” Neihof said. “And it’s a great way for us to get ahead of the curve with our school improvement process because their standards mirror that process.

“We have no desire to charge our vision or our direction. But I believe it all fits together. And if I didn’t think it would make us better, I wouldn’t push for it.”

Building projects

The board will receive an update from K. Norman Berry and Associates on the progress at the new Northside Early Childhood Center and Southside Elementary building projects. Northside is scheduled to open in January 2014, and Southside for the 2014-15 school year.

Also at the meeting, the board will consider:

  • Revising the 2013-14 extended employment schedules.
  • Appointment of the 2013-14 board treasurer and assistant treasurer and approval of fidelity bonds of treasurer.
  • Revised SCPS job descriptions.
  • Approval of a Memorandum of Agreement for the Energy Management Funding in conjunction with the Kentucky School Boards Association.
  • Approval of the school resource officer agreement for 2013-14.
  • Payment of claims and authorize signatures of all necessary documentation.
  • Renewing the contract for uniform services for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Food service bids presented for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Recognizing additional support organizations for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Declaring surplus items and authorizing the superintendent to sell them.
  • Declaring a positive first reading of revisions to the district policies and review of administrative procedures.