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School Board completes superintendent's performance evaluation

At the June 21 District 191 Board of Education meeting, Vice Chair Dr. DeeDee Currier read the following summary of the board's performance evaluation of Superintendent Cindy Amoroso.

The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education would like to take this opportunity to formally and publicly congratulate Cindy Amoroso on her accomplished leadership in her first year of service to our school district as superintendent.

As vice chair, I facilitate the superintendent evaluation process.

In early March, I met with Supt. Amoroso to ensure a smooth process and answer any questions.

During March and April, Superintendent Amoroso did a self evaluation and gathered feedback from her cabinet members as well as others in the district. 

In early May that information was shared with me.

Board members then filled out the assessment and were given the opportunity to provide written comments.  I pulled all the information together and this was reviewed, shared and discussed with her in the closed session on June 14.   

The evaluation focused on District Values of: Vision, Structure, Accountability, Board/Superintendent Relations, Advocacy and Unity. 

The definitions are:

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

Structure
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 School Board 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.

With a rating criteria of “Unsatisfactory,” “Satisfactory,” “Accomplished” and “Distinguished,” we are pleased to report that Supt. Amoroso has satisfactorily met all Board expectations, and in fact has received an average of an “Accomplished” rating in all of the 25 specific statements.

The Board commends Superintendent Amoroso on distinguishing herself in advocacy on behalf of our students, and mobilizing our community to give highest priority to both our children and to their success as productive members of our community.

She helped pass a levy referendum, continued to move Vision One91 forward, and is always focused on success for ALL students. 

Due to her knowledge and experience in curriculum and instruction, she brings a depth of perception and understanding to this position not often seen in superintendents.

She is visible in our community, in our schools, and does outreach to key partners.

We appreciate her courage to rearrange the leadership of our district to increase the momentum for student achievement.

We as a Board, are unified in our support and grateful to this outstanding educational leader and we look forward to her continued contributions to the success of all learners in our school district and to our mission of "Each Student. Future Ready. Community Strong."

Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018 - 07:30