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Board commends Gothard on highly successful year

It’s been a highly successful year for Dr. Joe Gothard, according to the seven members of the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education, who recently completed the superintendent’s annual performance review.

“The Board of Education would like to take this opportunity to formally and publicly congratulate Dr. Gothard on his accomplished leadership in his past year of service to Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191!,” said Vice Chair Dan Luth, who headed up the review. “Dr. Gothard exhibited a clear and complete understanding as evidenced by his thorough application of key district values and his empowerment of staff to do likewise.”

On June 11, Board members met with Gothard in a closed session to assess his performance for the period covering July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, which was the superintendent’s second year with the district.

Gothard and Board members agreed, in advance, to evaluate his past year performance based on six key district values: vision, operations, accountability, board/superintendent relations, advocacy and unity. (See criteria below.)

As part of the formal evaluation, Luth said each board member took time to reflect on positive accomplishments for the year as well as provide constructive feedback to drive continued future success.

“We are pleased to report that Dr. Gothard met all Board expectations in fact exceeding on 21 of the 25 specific statements detailing the six key district values,” said Luth. “The Board of Education commends Dr. Gothard on a highly successful year as he continues to channel his energy on Vision One91 with its focus on each and every student being “Real-World Ready.”

Luth said the superintendent was evaluated on these six key district values:

Vision: Superintendents establish a vision, expect continuous improvement, and develop a focused plan for achieving District goals.

Operations: Superintendents manage and organize the District’s resources (human, fiscal, operational and material) to accomplish District goals.

Accountability: Superintendents lead the creation of instructional systems designed for high student achievement and the elimination of student achievement gaps.

Board/Superintendent Relations: Superintendents work with the Board of Education to identify, prioritize and set policies and governance procedures that maximize the success of all students.

Advocacy: Superintendents integrate principles of cultural competency and equitable practice and promote the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.

Unity: Superintendents establish effective two-way communication and engagement with students, staff, parents, media and the community as a whole, responding to feedback and building support for and engagement across the District.

Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 15:29