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RFSD sets positive precedent

Dear Editor:

I want to thank the members of the Roaring Fork School District School Board for establishing a thorough and balanced process for evaluating district leadership. Hiring, overseeing and evaluating the superintendent is one of the prime responsibilities of a school board. I appreciate that this current board is taking this responsibility seriously.

Since board members rarely spend much time in the classroom or at staff committee meetings, it’s critical that they get input from principals, teachers and other staff in order to get a full picture of the superintendent’s leadership skills. Teachers are the ones in the classroom every day experiencing how different policies and programs are directly impacting our children. Their input is essential.

If it’s true that our district does not actively encourage honest and open feedback from teachers and principals, then the only way to get reliable feedback is through the kind of confidential survey which the board has established. If, as others argue, the district’s existing feedback system is working fine – if there’s simply a small, loud minority of teachers who are complaining about a climate of fear and a quiet majority of members who think the superintendent has great leadership skills – then that information will be revealed through the survey, as well.

I hope a comprehensive evaluation of the superintendent will become a regular practice in our district as well as office hours for board members and their willingness to accept confidential feedback from staff and community members. It is a positive move for the Roaring Fork School District to offer teachers, staff, parents and students an avenue to express themselves either by the evaluation or with the office hours. Ultimately I believe that we all have the same goal of making our schools happy, safe and successful places for our kids, and this is what the school board is striving for.

Sophie Schlumberger

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