Superintendent Sandra Smyser received high marks from the Poudre School District Board of Education on her 2019 performance review.
She scored “proficient” or “distinguished” in every category this year, according to records obtained by the Coloradoan. The board used a four-point rubric consisting of “unsatisfactory,” “basic,” “proficient” and “distinguished” rankings. Each board member scored Smyser individually and the results were averaged.
While the feedback was largely positive, the board noted it was “concerned about achievement gaps and wants this to remain an area of focus and effort. The board also wants to hear more about equity and diversity efforts” within the district.
According to the review, the district’s elected governing board wants to improve its relationship with Smyser. As it stands, the board expressed feeling as though it’s a seven-member team plus one, according to the review. Board members hope to work on that to cultivate a stronger team.
In 2017, the board criticized Smyser on her communication skills and transparency with the board and the community. The board noted she improved in her 2018 review.
In this year’s review, the board noted Smyser should “maintain the improved trajectory in terms of transparency and follow-through with board members.”
She scored lowest on providing the board with timely information, earning a 2.71, and giving a high priority to reducing achievement gaps, earning a 2.86.
However, according to the board, “the work in progress seems excellent and inspiring.”
Read the whole review here.
How Sandra Smyser performed in notable categories
- Builds commitment to the vision and mission
- Holds board and staff mutually accountable for striving toward the vision
- Promotes the systematic improvement of curriculum, instruction and assessment
- Promotes values, beliefs and behaviors that create an organizational culture devoted to student learning
- Gives high priority to reducing achievement gaps
- Gains understanding of the community by interacting with local community members and engaging in community activities
- Engages with local, state and federal officials in order to protect and promote the interests of children in the district
- Engages with professional associations, business organizations, and other external groups to gain understanding of the current environment and develop district responses to emerging issues
- Provides board with timely information
- Treats all board members fairly, respectfully and responsibly
- Provides necessary support for effective board decision-making
- Builds strong team relationships with the board
- Develops strategies to implement the vision
- Aligns district procedures and practices with the vision
- Uses the vision as an indicator of progress
- Advocates for student learning as the district’s highest priority
- Assures that district policies, practices, and resources support student learning
- Respects and advocates mutual understanding of the roles and responsibilities of superintendent and board
- Honors board policy
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