Superintendent given top rating

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By Calen McKinney


The leader of Campbellsville Independent Schools has again received an outstanding evaluation.

At the Campbellsville Board of Education's monthly meeting on Monday, members announced that Superintendent Mike Deaton has again scored a four, the highest possible, on his annual evaluation.

Board members discussed the evaluation with Deaton in closed session before announcing it in open session.

According to the evaluation, the recently completed school year was a positive one for the district, and Board members look forward to continuing their work with Deaton.

Deaton's contract was renewed last year and now expires June 30, 2017. He became superintendent in 2009.

After Deaton's evaluation, Board Chair Suzanne Wilson said, Board members have chosen to revisit his contract, which will be reviewed with the Board's attorney.

Recommendations about possible changes to the contract will be presented at the Board's next meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, July 14, at 6 p.m. at the Board office. It is open to the public.

In July, Deaton and Board members agreed to use a pilot superintendent evaluation tool for his annual review. According to the evaluation from Monday's meeting, Deaton has met the goals set for him last year.

The evaluation is based on nine standards, including leadership and district culture, policy and governance, communications and community relations, human resources management, organizational management, curriculum planning development, values and ethics of leadership, instructional leadership and student achievement and learning.

To support his rating, Deaton read a list of accomplishments achieved during this past school year.

Deaton said 45 percent of kindergarten students at Campbellsville Elementary School tested as ready for school.

Eighth-graders scored high on the EXPLORE test, achieving the second highest score since the school began using the test.

Sophomores at Campbellsville High School received the second highest PLAN score since the district began using the test.

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade underwent MAP testing to determine their individual needs. Deaton said CHS students will undergo MAP testing next school year in an effort to continue to prepare students for college and career readiness.

The 2013-2014 school year saw some major changes, Deaton said, as the District began its Kid-Friendly initiative and shifted to a more individualized learning approach.

The next step of the Kid-Friendly initiative will be implementation of a Leader in Me program, which Deaton said will include quotes and motivational sayings to be painted at the schools.

Deaton said enrollment is up at the District, and attendance last year was close to the average from the previous school year.

Discussing the District's budget for 2014-2015, Deaton said there are no layoffs planned and employees will see a 2-percent raise, which is 1-percent more than required.

Deaton said plans are in the works to renovate the Durham Campus in the next two to three years.

Also at the Meeting:

• Though the cost to have nurses is now about $20,000 each, Deaton said, the District will continue to have them at the elementary, middle and high schools. Board members approved the request.

• Deaton presented the District's financial report for May. May revenue was $696,602.16 and expenses totaled $950,701.11. The closing balance at the end of May was $3,223,195.19.

• The month's personnel report includes resignations, Hannah Jones as CHS head cheerleading coach and Andrew Bennett as a CHS biology teacher. Evelyn Button, a bus monitor, retired.