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Read JCPS' comments on Superintendent Hargens

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JCPS Board Commends Superintendent for a 'Successful' First Year
Evaluation Shows Hargens Meets Expectations on All Performance Criteria and Objectives

The Jefferson County Board of Education commended Superintendent Donna Hargens for a successful first year during her annual evaluation. The Board began the review on June 4 in executive session and shared the results of their findings during tonight's meeting. The three goals used by the Board to assess Superintendent Hargens' progress include:

· Improve student achievement

· Develop a sound organization management plan

· Effectively manage the student assignment plan

Specific examples of Dr. Hargens' progress were cited in each of the performance areas and included her work with Phi Delta Kappa International on the Curriculum Management Audit as well as her leadership in developing recommendations related to the comprehensive reorganization of central office to optimize district resources and better support student achievement. Additionally, the review lauded her focus on extending learning time through after school programs; her firsthand knowledge of the needs of the district and its students that has developed through more than 100 school visits; and her efforts to support the development of recommendations to the Board regarding the student assignment plan.

The Board also referenced Hargens' swift response to the Board's directive to engage in a strategic planning process to set a future course.

"Her efforts to reform district operations and practices have been bold and reflect her dedicated commitment to support our students," wrote Steve Imhoff and Diane Porter, chair and vice-chair on behalf of the Board. "We have confidence in Dr. Hargens to lead the district with consistent focus, unwavering commitment and will skillful leadership and management."

Moving forward, the Board recommends that Dr. Hargens focus on developing more effective ways to reach and educate parents on their educational choices; increasing enrollment at schools that are currently below capacity; and reviewing areas related to student conduct and discipline within schools. The Board also recommends placing a priority on developing a sense of team within the district, developing proactive and responsive communication strategies with stakeholders, and continuing implementation of the strategic plan in a manner that will foster improved instruction and student achievement.

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