TUSCALOOSA | Superintendent Paul McKendrick's first year on the
job was rated satisfactory, according to the Tuscaloosa City Board
of Education's evaluation.
University of Alabama statistical methods professor Jamie Mills
critiqued the board's newly created superintendent evaluation tool
and summarized the board's evaluation during a Thursday meeting.
Mills stated that according to the evaluation, the
superintendent's strengths are he communicates well, he has positive
community involvement and has been effective in establishing
Other areas where McKendrick scored well were on how he provides
leadership to improve instruction, his decision-making skills and
how he monitors the construction, renovation and demolition of
school facilities, especially the recovery from the April 27, 2011,
"Reports are timely, thorough, explained and consistent," stated
an unnamed board member in McKendrick's evaluation. "Anytime he sees
a problem, there's a comprehensive solution proposed ... actions are
explained and warranted."
"Great visibility ... in forging a number of community
partnerships. I was not aware of all the civic groups he'd met with.
Meets with staff, principals, parents, students, community leaders
Mills reported that McKendrick needs improvement in preparing
long and short-range plans for school facilities, financial
management and seeking sufficient funds to run the school system.
Board comments in the needs-improvement section of the evaluation
stated that McKendrick needs to provide more information about the
system's programs that are not working, that he needs to give the
board more reports on what happens at meetings he's held with the
public and civic groups and he should provide more information on
current education trends.
"... superintendent has been learning about (Alabama) law this
year, so he is not as well-positioned to counsel on those issues as
I expect he will be," a board member wrote.
Mills said the evaluation tool the board created is good, but
that it's inconsistent.
In some areas of the evaluation, only a few of the board members
In the school district goals section of the evaluation, 62.5
percent of the board's eight members didn't rate McKendrick on
District Goal 1, which is "the superintendent will continually
increase academic achievement for all students, leading to a 100
percent graduation rate. …