OPELOUSAS — St. Landry Parish Superintendent Edward Brown’s contract does not include any objectives or targets — an omission that has made it near impossible to evaluate the parish’s top educator.
To address that situation, the heads of the School Board’s five committees agreed Thursday to a recommended set of objectives that the full board will now consider.
Chief among them is a target that would make the superintendent responsible for improving state standardized test scores annually by 1 percent.
The committee heads also want Brown to increase graduation rates and the percentage of teachers performing at a highly effective level, as well as improving schools’ ratings; however, they set no exact goal for those improvements.
Board attorney Courtney Joiner said last week that the state now requires all superintendent contracts to include objectives and targets.
Brown’s contract is scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2016. He was hired by the board in May 2013.
Board President Anthony Standberry said Brown’s contract does not contain any objectives or targets that would enable the board to evaluate his performance.
In fact, at a December meeting, the board decided it could not evaluate Brown.
“At this time, we (the board) have no tool to evaluate the superintendent,” Standberry said. “We need to create a tool to evaluate him, create something to measure his performance.”
Prior to the vote Thursday, board member Donnie Perron questioned the need for assigning percentages to the targets.
Test scores, Perron said, “are moving targets. We have to be reasonable about this. It doesn’t matter who is in that (superintendent’s) office: If you’re an A student, you can’t attribute that to the superintendent. It’s the teacher in that class.”
The recommendations also include keeping the School Board informed of the district’s financial status, delivering timely reports, maintaining a positive presence in schools and the community, and ensuring a smooth transition for Common Core standards.
Standberry said all 13 members of the board will vote on the committee’s recommendations at the June meeting.