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Evaluation Of The Superintendent   

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The Board of Trustees recognizes that, in order to effectively fulfill its responsibilities for setting direction, ensuring accountability, and providing community leadership for the District, it must adopt measures for holding the Superintendent accountable.

The Board believes that the major purpose of the "Superintendent's Performance Evaluation" is to improve the quality of professional service being offered to the District and community. It is felt that performance appraisal must be a continuous process in which the Superintendent is evaluated on established and understood philosophy statements, job responsibilities, District goals and success indicators. It is believed that a truly effective system of evaluation provides an opportunity for the Superintendent to participate in the establishment of appropriate goals and objectives, the attainment of which will ultimately be his/her responsibility.

At a minimum, the Board shall annually conduct a formal evaluation of the Superintendent's performance in order to assess his/her effectiveness in leading the District toward established goals. In addition, the evaluation process may include opportunities during the year for review of the Superintendent's progress toward meeting the goals. The evaluation shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Superintendent's contract and any applicable Board policy

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

(cf. 2121 - Superintendent's Contract)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

(cf. 9005 - Governance Standards)

Evaluation criteria shall be based on District goals and success indicators agreed upon by the Board and Superintendent prior to the evaluation. The evaluation shall provide commendations in areas of strength, provide recommendations for improving effectiveness, and serve as a basis for making decisions about salary increases and/or contract extension.

(cf. 2110 - Superintendent Responsibilities and Duties)

(cf. 2111 - Superintendent Governance Standards)

The Board and Superintendent shall annually consider what evaluation method(s) will best serve the District and agree on the specific written instrument to be used.

Prior to the evaluation, the Superintendent shall be responsible for preparing and distributing to the Board for its review a report of progress toward District goals, the Superintendent's self-appraisal of accomplishments and performance, and a review of action taken to address any Board recommendations from the previous evaluation. The Board shall also review the Superintendent's current contract and any relevant Board policies.

Each Board member shall independently evaluate the Superintendent's performance. The Board shall determine who will summarize and combine the individual evaluations to create a consensus document and how that consensus document will be formatted. The evaluation shall be a composite of individual Board members' opinions, but there shall be only one final evaluation representing the Board's collective judgment. This final evaluation shall be provided to the Superintendent for his/her response.

The Board shall meet in closed session with the Superintendent to discuss the evaluation. (Government Code 54957)

(cf. 9321 - Closed Session Purposes and Agendas)

The Superintendent shall have an opportunity to ask questions, respond verbally and in writing to the evaluation, and present additional evidence of his/her performance or District progress.

The Board members and Superintendent shall sign the evaluation as evidence that the evaluation has been discussed. The Superintendent shall place the evaluation in his/her personnel file.

(cf. 4112.6/4212.6/4312.6 - Personnel Files)

After each evaluation has been completed, the Board shall meet in open session to give the Board and Superintendent an opportunity to jointly identify performance goals for the next year.

(cf. 2111 - Superintendent Governance Standards)

(cf. 9005 - Governance Standards)

(cf. 9400 - Board Self-Evaluation)

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: July 26, 2006 Carlsbad, California

revised: August 24, 2011