Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Board of Education has completed its annual evaluation of Juneau’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Bridget Weiss.
At a public meeting held on July 14, the board approved the evaluation along with a contract extension to June 30, 2023.
The Board of Education evaluates the superintendent’s performance annually. As part of the process, the Board of Education invites and considers written feedback from staff and the community. The board members review goals, meet personally with the superintendent, and complete a formal evaluation.
This year’s evaluation was completed during three executive sessions held during May, June, and July 2020.
"Board members are very pleased with Dr. Weiss’s performance this year," stated a press release from district chief of staff Kristin Bartlett. "She has shown strong leadership during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. The district also developed and adopted a five-year strategic plan with a refreshed mission statement; In Juneau, we partner to provide each student with meaningful, relevant, and rigorous learning experiences in order to graduate diverse, engaged citizens ready for a changing world.:
Board President Brian Holst says, “The Board of Education feels that our schools are in excellent hands under the direction of Dr. Weiss and the capable team of administrators and staff she leads. She has demonstrated excellent communication and problem-solving skills during the ongoing COVID-19 disruption. Dr. Weiss’s collaborative approach has enabled us to put into place a new strategic plan and increased partnerships to achieve our goals for Juneau’s students.”
The board and superintendent identified priorities for the 2020/2021 school year. The top three include implementing a new five-year strategic plan, managing the COVID-19 school re-opening and pandemic operations, and continue to identify and address racial inequities in schools.
Other priorities for next year include increasing the number of students reading at grade level by third grade; Enhance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math integration throughout the District; Increase community education and outreach; Strengthen Tlingit Language/Culture Integration and Community Partnership; Increase Kindergarten readiness through community partnerships supporting early education, and continue to ensure appropriate placement and support for students in Special Education programming.