Update: I guessed right about the things the board would say about Morrison, but they voted for retirement benefits instead of a bonus. Read the story here. Hope to get the standards posted soon.
The school board will hold a special meeting this morning to vote on Superintendent Heath Morrison's first evaluation and performance bonus.
McCray says Morrison agreed to the delay, as the district awaited the delayed results of new and tougher 2013 exams. She said those results, which plunged statewide, won't be counted against Morrison but will serve as a baseline moving forward (see results in links at right).
On Friday, McCray wasn't willing to talk about what the board is looking for, or even say whether changes to his base salary are being discussed. "All of that will be done on Monday," she said.
My prediction is Morrison will get high marks for creating an entry plan and a five-year strategic plan. He's bound to get credit for strong community engagement, including creation of 22 task forces, with the payoff seen in a record 74 percent of voters saying yes to CMS bonds. Few would say employee morale is high, but many people I've talked to give Morrison credit for listening to them and trying to do the right thing in the face of discouraging state actions.
Morrison's predecessor, Peter Gorman, faced a 93-item evaluation checklist that ranged from the obvious (test scores and graduation rates) to the eccentric (rating him on "poise and emotional stability" and being "customarily attired and well groomed"). If the current board wants to carry on that tradition, they might want to add an item for dance skills. I think it's a safe bet to say Morrison is the first CMS superintendent caught on video doing hip grinds and air splits: