BAKER — The Baker School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to attach to Superintendent Herman Brister’s contract his performance objectives and targets for the 2015-16 school year.
According to his contract, which the board approved on June 1, the objectives will be used in Brister’s annual evaluations, and his effectiveness in meeting the goals could determine whether he receives a 3 per cent raise on July 1, 2016.
Brister receives $140,000 per year as well as health insurance and retirement benefits paid for by the School Board.
The contract also states that he receives $500 per month for technology expenses and $600 per month for automobile expenses; however, Brister has elected to forgo these benefits until the district meets his budgetary objectives.
Former Superintendent Ulysses Joseph, whom Brister replaced in May, was paid $110,000 a year plus similar benefits.
The performance objectives as outlined in Brister’s contract include: increasing or maintaining students’ performances on the K-8 Assessment Index, ACT Index for students in grades 9-12, and state examinations; maintaining or exceeding the district’s 2014-15 graduation rate; enforcing discipline policies that are conducive to effective teaching and learning; and decreasing the number of schools with a D or F grade from the state.
Increasing teacher effectiveness, developing the district’s strategic plan, and improving the relationships between the district and the community as well as the board and superintendent are also listed as objectives.
Interviewed after the meeting, Brister expressed confidence in his ability to meet the goals. “That’s the nature of the job. I have to move the district forward. That’s what they hired me to do,” he said.
In other business, the board recognized 2014-15 district teacher of the year Amy Constance from Park Ridge Academic Magnet, and principals of the year Tammy Golden from Park Ridge and Lakesha Penn from Baker Heights Elementary School.
Board President Elaine Davis also noted that in 2014-15, Baker High School students had the highest increase in ACT composite schools of any school in the state.