Nearing the one-year mark of her tenure as superintendent of the Bexley City School District, Kimberly Pietsch Miller received a vote of confidence from the school board that she has met four key objectives to move the district forward.

The board voted unanimously July 16 to approve a resolution that gives her a one-time payment based on 8 percent of her $150,000 annual salary for meeting the four objectives the board had evaluated her on. Her salary remains the same.

Miller's contract with the district began Aug. 1, 2017, and runs through July 31, 2020, at an annual salary of $150,000.

John Barno, school board president, said he and fellow board members Mike Denison, Melissa Lacroix, Michelle Mineo and Marlee Snowdon met with Miller at the midpoint of the contract year in January to review her progress on the four objectives.

"At the end of the (contract) year, she gave us information about what she did for all four objectives," Barno said.

Miller said she also did a self-assessment prior to the board's evaluation.

"They (board members) gave me some additional feedback. I really feel good about how we're collaborating," she said. "We're growing as a team."

Miller's evaluation states she did the following to meet four main objectives:

* Led the district's strategic plan process throughout spring, conducting numerous meetings with students, parents and community members, faculty and staff.

* Increased communication by providing the board of education with weekly updates about activities and worked with public-information officer James Harless to disseminate information through the district's website, bexley schools.org, email, social media and in-person community meetings.

* Enhanced hiring practices by overseeing the implementation of a system called Applitrack to help recruit teachers, and consulted with the board on staff changes and evaluations.

* Established a relationship with Bexley Education Association teachers' bargaining-unit members early on in her tenure, which helped to facilitate negotiations for the new 2018-21 teachers' contract.

"We thought (negotiations) went extremely well, from the teachers' standpoint, the district's standpoint, and especially the students' standpoint," Barno said.

The board also evaluated Miller on the five standards outlined in the Ohio Department of Education's Ohio Standards for Superintendents, Barno said.

The five standards evaluate how a superintendent:

* Establishes a vision for continuous improvement and a focused plan to achieve district goals.

* Communicates and collaborates with board of education members and the community.

* Works with the board of education to identify and prioritize policies and governance procedures to maximize students' success.

* Oversees instruction designed for high student achievement.

* Manages the district's human, fiscal, operational and material resources.

The board is scheduled to vote to formally adopt the district's strategic plan at its next meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Cassingham Complex, 326 S. Cassingham Road, Barno said.

Once the strategic plan has been adopted, Miller said, the school board will establish objectives for her to address during the 2018-19 school year.

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