The Gering Public Schools Board conducted its second assessment of Superintendent Nicole Regan at the board meeting on Monday, June 20.
Board chairman BJ Peters told the Star-Herald that the board discussed Regan’s valuation in general terms before voting to approve it.
“By law, new superintendents must be evaluated twice in their first year of service,” Peters said.
The board carried out the first assessment six months after Regan’s hire date, and then on Monday. From then on, the board will conduct an annual review.
Vice Chairman Brian Copsey said the board uses a tool from the Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB) in which board members and the superintendent complete an online questionnaire, which is then compiled into a report allowing the board to compare how the superintendent rates himself against the board. members.
“It’s called the NASB 360 assessment tool, so the superintendent does a self-assessment,” Copsey said. “It’s usually on a five point scale and it’s on a range of topics. They group it like program, policy, community engagement, and then there’s room for comments.
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The assessment tool looks at eight different categories, including budget, policy, mission/vision, instructional leadership, organizational leadership, community relations, professional leadership, and board-superintendent relations.
Peters said the board “is pleased to recognize the growing opportunities for students and increased fiscal sustainability this year under Dr. Regan’s leadership.”
Copsey said Regan’s review was one of the best reviews he can remember.
The board did not go into closed section to address issues of concern as the assessment was positive.
“We’re able to see how they see themselves in certain areas and if they see areas where they need to grow, we need to help them provide support, whether it’s training, leadership, mentorship, policy or governance,” Copsey said.
A common area of growth identified is legislative issues, Copsey said.
“It’s still an area where we see potential for growth,” he said. “We would like to be more engaged in legislative matters and spend time away from the district to travel to Lincoln. Luckily, the last superintendents we had are engaged in the GNSA (Greater Nebraska Schools Association) legislative group and they make those trips to Lincoln.
The board likes to review the superintendent’s evaluation in June before his retirement from the board where they identify priorities for the upcoming school year. The board met Thursday for the retreat in Wildcat Hills, where they heard a presentation from Steve Joel, a former Lincoln trustee who helped facilitate board discussion about the district’s direction and priorities in recent times. years.
“The board is able to have an open discussion and strategic planning about the things we want to focus on this year and identify them in three or four action plan points,” Copsey said. “He’s a great facilitator to do that.”
Although the board took no action on Thursday, these talking points will be presented at the July board meeting.