In their first evaluations since joining Dublin City Schools a year ago, Superintendent David Axner and Treasurer Steve Osborne received "commendable" marks by the members of the Dublin Board of Education.

In their first evaluations since joining Dublin City Schools a year ago, Superintendent David Axner and Treasurer Steve Osborne received "commendable" marks by the members of the Dublin Board of Education.

In both evaluations the men received either an 8 or 9 in every category, the highest scores attainable under the district's evaluation system.

President Gwen Callender acknowledged both men at Wednesday night's school board meeting.

"Dr. Axner has exceeded expectations at this point," Callender said. "I think there is confidence in Dublin City Schools and confidence in his leadership."

Speaking about Osborne, she said, "The district's budget is enormous and being the treasurer is a huge responsibility. The transition has been seamless."

The men sat beside Callender as she read from a summary of their evaluations.

"Dr. Axner has made an enormous effort to involve himself in every aspect of the Dublin school district community while maintaining his stature as the leader of Dublin schools," Callender read. "We are impressed especially by his poise and professionalism. He is highly regarded by his peers, the Ohio Department of Education and anyone who has the opportunity to work with him."

About Osborne, Callender read, "During his first year as treasurer of Dublin City Schools, Mr. Osborne has done an exceptional job managing the finance department and the district finances. He worked close with the superintendent's office to ensure the accuracy and feasibility of the district budget cuts. ... Mr. Osborne is to be commended for his character and professionalism."

Axner said after the meeting that he appreciated the comments by the board.

"You do the work, work really hard, and it's nice, for just tonight, to hear the nice things people say about you and about what you do," he said. "You feel really good about it and it just makes you work harder tomorrow."

Osborne credited his staff.

"I walked in with a great team in place," he said.

But, he added, "there is always room for improvement and this will be a challenging year."

A bond issue and operating levy are expected on the November ballot.

The superintendent and treasurer are the only Dublin schools employees who directly report to the school board. Their evaluations are a collaborative effort of the board's five members.