Board will hear about online evaluation system

Published Dec 6, 2017 at 4:00pm

A possible new evaluation system for the school superintendent, and a proposed energy-saving project for Rome Free Academy and Staley Elementary School, will be among Board of Education topics Thursday night.

Also before the board will be more discussion on a debated membership in a statewide school boards association, and various personnel appointments including for winter sports.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday for a presentation on the superintendent evaluation system, followed by a regular work session meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the school district office, 409 Bell Road. On the agenda:

• A representative from the “SuperEval” online evaluation system for superintendents will present information for the board to consider, said board President Paul Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick last month told the board he favors changing to that system, instead of a McREL corporation system that the board had adopted for the 2014-15 school year. It “should be simpler” to use, he noted. Fitzpatrick would like to use the “SuperEval” system for Superintendent Peter C. Blake’s next evaluation after the current 2017-18 year ends June 30.

• An energy performance contract presentation by C&S Companies of Syracuse may involve proposed work at RFA and Staley that would be geared to generate energy-saving paybacks.

Proposals could include 10-year or 20-year paybacks involving project options of about $3.8 million or $4.9 million, the board’s buildings and grounds committee was told last month.

• The board will continue discussing whether to renew annual membership in the New York State School Boards Association, said Fitzpatrick. The cost would be about $11,670, up about $219.

Board members at their Nov. 15 meeting had differing views about the association membership. Some questioned whether the expense is necessary, but others maintained there were various benefits that made it worthwhile. The membership also has been debated by the board in prior years.

• Personnel-related actions include appointing Bryan Hand as RFA girls varsity assistant basketball coach at a salary of $2,695. The board last month created several assistant coach positions for various sports; they are intended to provide more flexibility at athletic events on the road such as if a student injury occurs, and to free up head coaches to work more on developing programs at younger grade levels.

Other sports-related personnel appointments would include Stan Evans as a site supervisor at $35 per event, and Jon Maggiolino as a clock operator at $25 per event. Evans is a former longtime RFA boys varsity basketball coach.