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Board discusses superintendent goals

By David Hotle | Aug 10, 2017
The Washington School Board worked Wednesday evening to brainstorm a set of goals for Washington Schools Superintendent Jeff Dicks to perform.



While working to determine Washington Schools Superintendent Jeff Dicks’ goals for the coming school year, the Washington School Board discussed the need to measure the results of the state Teacher Leadership and Compensation system (TLC).

During discussion at the regular meeting Wednesday evening, board member Troy Suchan asked about how the results of the program can be measured so the board knows the system is being used in the way it is meant to be.

“This is our original plan, “ Suchan said. “We should determine if these positions are doing what the plan says, or is the instructional coach doing it for them — just so we know our time is being used wisely.”

The Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) System rewards effective teachers with leadership opportunities and higher pay, attracts promising new teachers with competitive starting salaries and more support, and fosters greater collaboration for all teachers to learn from each other. Finance director Jeff Dieleman said that 25 percent of teachers are in some way involved in the TLC program.

Suchan also said one of the goals should be a way to measure the district’s innovative process. He wondered if there is any way to measure the amount the district studied the latest innovative ways to teach students.

“I don’t want anyone to take this wrong because I think there are awesome things going on in the buildings,” Suchan said. “The reviews are awesome, but if we are not constantly pushing and changing, because everything else is constantly changing — I think it is easy to get stuck.”

He also said the board wants the community to be aware of the new innovative methods the district is using.

Board President Eric Turner said whether the proposal became a goal or not, he believed because the issue had come up, it will be pursued.

Dicks said one of the goals should deal with the school district’s lobbying efforts.

“There are some other big things out there which just seem to be at their leisure,” Dicks said. “One thing is Gov. Branstad said we needed to study IPERS and now Gov. Reynolds said we don’t need to study IPERS. A legislator now says he has a way to study IPERS for free. We are concerned about the retirement system that is a major recruiting tool for us. If that changes we will have lots of challenges.”

The completed goals list was: create a long range facility plan; help implement TLC; aid post-collective bargaining; and facilitate innovative education.

The goals are expected to be finalized during the Sept. 13 meeting.


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