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Board developing goals to evaluate Marschhausen


Hilliard school board members are expected to update the job description for the superintendent and tweak the board's policy for the annual evaluations of the superintendent and treasurer.

School board members met Sept. 16 in a work session with Superintendent John Marschhausen and Treasurer Brian Wilson to lay the groundwork for a new job description and revised evaluation process.

They also developed short- and long-term goals for Marschhausen that will be part of the evaluation process at the end of the school year.

The board last adopted a job description and evaluation process in August 2001.

Bill Reimer, Hilliard's Educational Service Center of Central Ohio representative, facilitated the work session.

Board members, following Reimer's recommendation, opted to revise the superintendent's job description and establish goals separate and apart from those for the treasurer.

Once a revised description and objectives are established for Marschhausen, the board plans to repeat the process for Wilson.

"Once you see how much is involved in doing one, I think you'll understand (why it should be one step at a time)," Reimer said.

"I think that is wise," board President Andy Teater replied.

Marschhausen, who began serving as superintendent July 1, told board members he wants to be challenged.

"I'd rather have the highest goals and maybe not meet them all, and if that's where the board is, I'm good with that. ... I want you to push me," Marschhausen said.

With the assistance of Reimer, board members outlined goals in four categories: academics, finance, communications and operations.

Reimer recommended the board limit the number of goals to between three and five in order to maintain focus and the means to benchmark progress.

Concerning academics, Marschhausen asked the board for latitude to use "various assessments" and "multiple measures," not exclusively state of Ohio assessments, to gauge the progress of students.

In the arena of finance, Reimer suggested the goal of "managing financial resources so as to inspire confidence in the community."

Addressing communication, board members reiterated the need to reach out to parents and district residents with all resources available, including such new technology as text messages and such traditional media as printed newsletters.

Board members also addressed other general goals, including meeting the needs of a diverse district.

Board member Paul Lambert termed Hilliard a "bifurcated constituency," applying a term from a book he recently read.

Hilliard has affluent residents and those who struggle financially, Lambert said, adding that what they demand from a district can vary accordingly.

"We have an amazing mix of students (as a result of the Win-Win agreement)," Marschhausen said. "We get to change lives every day (and) serve these kids exceptionally well."

Board members also discussed permanent improvements.

"The (permanent-improvements) budget is not big enough to keep up with all the things we will need to do in the next five to 10 years," Marschhausen said.

Reimer said he will use the information from the work session to create a list of goals for the superintendent as well as craft a revised job description and evaluation policy.

No future work sessions for the purpose of evaluations are scheduled, but, Reimer said, he would provide drafts of the material to district's policy committee, which includes board members Heather Keck and Lisa Whiting, and members of the central office staff and district faculty.

Board members are expected to adopt a final policy at a public meeting before the end of the year, and then begin the same process for Wilson.