Board evaluation: Director of schools making the grade

Board evaluation: Director of schools making the grade

Posted: Monday, February 28, 2011 8:58 pm
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter

Board evaluation: Director of schools making the grade | Board evaluation: Director of schools making the grade

Obion County Director of Schools David Huss

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Obion County Director of Schools David Huss is continuing to make the grade on his annual evaluation.
The annual evaluation of Huss’ job performance was recently completed by the seven-member Obion County School Board — which gave him an overall rating of 87.4 percent this year.
This year’s evaluation of his job performance is an increase over last year’s rating of 85.11 percent.
The evaluation results were presented Friday afternoon at the board’s annual retreat at the Obion County Public Library, where board chairman Brian Rainey initially re-ported Huss had received a rating of 84.94 percent. However, Rainey contacted The Messenger at press time today to report an error in calculating the numbers and a corrected rating, which is actually 2 percent higher than 2010.
The evaluations were completed by Rainey, vice chairman Diane Sanderson, chair pro tem David Lamb and board members Willis Easley, Fritz Fussell, Tim Partin and Susan Williams. Both Easley and Partin joined the board in September 2010, the same month Rainey assumed the chairman’s position and Ms. Sanderson the vice chairmanship.
“Overall, I think it was a favorable evaluation,” Rainey said Friday afternoon.
By comparison, Huss earned an 89.66 percent rating in 2009, which was up from the 82.68 percent he received in 2008 and the 80.58 percent he received in 2007 after his first year on the job with the Obion County School System.
Huss told board members he believes the county has a very good school system and administrators and excellent teachers — whom he characterized as “an educational family aimed at one common goal” of providing students with the best possible education. He said he is happy with this year’s evaluation.
Ms. Sanderson noted that board members did not ask Huss to complete a self-evaluation this year as has been the custom in past years and she pointed out that he was always too hard on himself. Rainey said he decided not to ask for the self-evaluation this year.
Rainey asked board members if they had any comments on the evaluation, but no one spoke and Friday’s day-long retreat was adjourned at 3:12 p.m. Board members had been at the library since 9 a.m. for their annual retreat, which included detailed updates on various educational programs and a panel discussion with school principals, and Huss’ evaluation at 3 p.m. was the final item on the agenda.
The evaluation
Board members evaluated Huss using an extensive form that consisted of two sections. The first section asked them to rate him on a scale of one to five by answering 40 questions pertaining to his performance in seven areas: relationship with the board, community relationships, staff and personnel relationships, educational leadership, business and finance, personal qualities and strategic planning skills. The second section asked them to answer six questions to rate whether or not they feel Huss’ performance supports the goals of the Obion County Board of Education.
The formula used to determine his overall approval rating combines 70 percent of the Section 1 approval rating with 30 percent of the Section 2 approval rating to determine the overall approval rating.
Due to the error and recalculation of the rating, the breakdown of Huss’ score on each section was not available at press time today.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 2.28.11

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