HCS board gives Johnston high marks

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By Sarah Bennett

Sharon cited work on the Early College and Career Center and the Work Ethics Program as examples of Johnston’s performance during the 2012-2013 school year.

In 2012 and 2011, the board gave Johnston the highest marks in her reviews but noted some areas for improvement, such as making principals and administrators aware of board policies.

District spokesman John Wright said the evaluation does not affect Johnston’s pay or contract but is a reflection of her performance and leadership and in what areas she could improve.

During Thursday’s meeting, Johnston said she appreciates the board’s trust but emphasized she is part of a team.

“It takes everyone in this district to make us successful,” she said. “I work with wonderful people that are passionate about providing the best opportunities for students.”

On Thursday, the board approved to pilot the new Professional Growth and Effectiveness System to evaluate teacher and principal performance in five of the district’s schools.

Johnston asked the board to evaluate her next year using the same system, which the members approved.

The new evaluation is a more meticulous process that outlines more detailed criteria concerning the superintendent’s performance, Wright said.

Johnston, who began her career at HCS as a kindergarten teacher in 1983, has been leading the district since 2006 when she stepped in as an interim superintendent.

In April 2011, she signed a second four-year contract to continue as superintendent.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.