The school board Monday released the scorecard they used to evaluate Superintendent Heath Morrison on his first year as head of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. It asks each member to rate him on 13 items using a 1-5 scale (read about their decision to extend his contract and beef up his retirement benefits here).
|Morrison and board member Tom Tate|
The new evaluation system looks a lot more practical than the 93-item checklist a previous board used for Superintendent Peter Gorman, with items ranging from test scores to personal grooming.
Morrison's contract called for his goals and objectives to be set by Sept. 30, but board Chair Mary McCray said he agreed to the delay. It also calls for the board and Morrison to agree on goals for the coming year between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30 of each year. I'm still trying to get answers about whether this set of goals will apply to 2013-14 or whether there are revisions.
The contract also says that two-thirds of Morrison's bonus eligibility will be based on achievement of CMS goals. That wasn't a factor this time around, given that the board awarded retirement increases instead of a bonus. I'm pretty sure those goals going forward will be the ones approved in October with a whole lot of blanks left to fill in as data becomes available. Update: McCray confirms that this is correct.