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Evaluation Of The Superintendent   

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The Board of Trustees believes that an annual evaluation of the Superintendent's performance serves to measure the district's progress toward established goals and objectives and strengthens working relationships between the Superintendent and the Board. Evaluations should provide commendations in areas of strength and recommendations for improving effectiveness, thus clarifying the Superintendent's role and giving the Board and Superintendent an opportunity to jointly identify priorities among the Superintendent's many responsibilities. Evaluations also should help the Board to set reasonable criteria for salary increases and or contract extension.

Performance Objectives

The Board and Superintendent shall annually agree upon a limited number of objectives which shall be used to evaluate the Superintendent's performance. These objectives shall reflect established goals and needs of the district with regard to the educational program, personnel, operations, management, community relations, Board-Superintendent relations and professional leadership. For each objective, the Board and Superintendent shall identify in writing the activities to be performed, expected results and timelines, and resources or constraints which may affect achievement.

(cf. 2122 - Superintendent/Principal or designee of Schools: Responsibilities and Duties)

The Board and Superintendent shall jointly determine the evaluation method(s) and schedule that will best serve the district and the structure and format of the instrument to be used.

Prior to the evaluation, the Superintendent shall provide to the Board for its review a report of progress toward district goals, the Superintendent's self-appraisal of accomplishments and performance, and a statement of actions taken to address any Board recommendation from the previous evaluation.

Evaluation Process

Once a year, each Board member shall independently rate the Superintendent's performance in each performance objective.

The Board shall examine all Board members' ratings and reach a consensus upon the evaluation of each performance objective. The Board president or designee shall then develop a single evaluation representing the Board's collective judgment and provide a copy to the Superintendent.

The Board shall meet in closed session with the Superintendent to discuss the evaluation. The Superintendent and Board members shall agree upon and sign an evaluation summary.

(cf. 9321 - Closed Session Purposes and Agendas)

The Superintendent and Board president shall examine dates specified in the Superintendent's contract and shall establish an appropriate schedule for the annual evaluation process and annual setting of performance objectives.

(cf. 2121 - Superintendent's Contract)

Additional evaluations may be arranged at any time during the year at the request of either the Board or the Superintendent.

Legal Reference:


53262 Employment contracts, superintendent

54957 Closed session, personnel matters


Duval v. Board of Trustees, (2001) 93 Cal.App.4th 902

Management Resources:


Maximizing School Board Governance: Superintendent Evaluation, 2006



Association of California School Administrators:


adopted: November 6, 2001 Atascadero, California

revised: March 20, 2012