DONALSONVILLE — Ascension Parish School Board President Ed Price said Tuesday night that board members had given Superintendent Patrice Pujol good marks for her first year in leading parish schools.
After Pujol met with board members in a closed-door session to discuss their evaluation of her performance, Price said she received the highest marks — 3, on a scale of 1 to 3.
Price said the evaluation commended Pujol in two areas: creation of the district’s School Turnaround Zone, and expansion of the Teacher Advancement Program.
In the Turnaround Zone, Pujol and her School Improvement staff created a sub-district made up of seven schools whose school performance scores, the measure by which the state evaluates schools, fall below 90 points out of 200. The district’s average is 105.6.
Each school will be assigned one person from the Central Office staff — an “internal school partner” — to oversee its progress, and to serve as a liaison between their school and Central Office leadership.
The Turnaround Zone will be implemented in the coming school year, and each of its schools will use the Teacher Advancement System, a pay-for-performance initiative that has shown some promise in the two schools where it has been implemented for the past three years: Donaldsonville High and Lowery Intermediate schools.
Pujol led an effort to expand the program to the remaining Turnaround Zone schools: Donaldsonville Primary, Lowery Elementary, Gonzales Middle, Gonzales Primary, and Pecan Grove Primary schools.
Price said the final piece of Pujol’s evaluation involves goals for the system’s overall state school performance score, which will come out later this year.
In other business, the board expressed concerns over delays in implementing a web-based software program called Alio that the district bought for its purchasing and procurement, financial services and human resources/payroll departments.
Alio, once implemented, would allow the system to keep track of program expenditures, and compare that with its affect on student scores, giving administrators a cost/benefit ratio in real time.
The program was expected to go live in mid- to late-2009, but technical problems pushed that back about a year for financial services and purchasing.
The third phase, human resources/payroll, is still in development, and is expected to go live some time this year, Price said.
Pujol said the project ran into compatibility problems, and Alio has been working with the system to correct those.
“We wanted to take the time to get it right, and make sure we are getting what we want (out of the software).”