The board approved a new method for evaluating the superintendent last year, which includes grading him on five indicators; academic achievement, school performance, fiscal management, board/superintendent relations and stakeholder satisfaction, said Amy Krause, the chief academic officer for the district.
The board is holding Hinojosa responsible for student success, Krause said, with only 15 percent of the evaluations based on “opinions” of how well he works with the board.
What the board thinks of Hinojosa should stay between the board members and himself because “I work for the board, I don’t work for the public,” Hinojosa said Wednesday.
The district is now compiling all of the data that will be used in the evaluation, including test scores and graduation rates, and the board is on track to complete its first evaluation of Hinojosa by spring 2014.
One part of the evaluation, board/superintendent relations counts for 15 percent of Hinojosa’s total evaluation, but can be kept private, as Hinojosa has made it clear he intends to do.
Each board member separately writes up an evaluation of how the superintendent is doing, and those reports are compiled into one score, which the board determines how to calculate, said Board Chairman Randy Scamihorn.
“The confidential portion I would prefer to keep confidential,” as the board’s evaluation of Hinojosa, which occurs during a closed executive session, “is designed,” to be private, Hinojosa said.
Scamihorn thinks the new system provides enough transparency for the taxpayers, who ultimately pay Hinojosa’s salary, he said.
By holding 85 percent of Hinojosa’s evaluation to student success in the classroom, parents and residents will be able to get a solid understanding of exactly how the superintendent is performing, Scamihorn said.
As to the confidential part of the evaluation, Scamihorn said, “Everybody’s entitled to some privacy and discretion in regards to their performance.”
The board is in the process of writing up each member’s private evaluation, Scamihorn said, and they are due by the end of the year.