The results are in.
Paul McKendrick has done an exceptional job as superintendent of
the Tuscaloosa City Schools since his start date of July 18, 2011,
according to the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education's evaluation of
him, which was released at Tuesday's board meeting.
"Dr. McKendrick is a strong leader and provides a wealth of
information," one board member said in the evaluation. "More than
adequately performs the daily operations of the school system," said
another board member.
McKendrick's evaluation instrument was created by University of
Alabama associate professor of statistical methods Jamie Mills and
UA educational research doctoral candidate Austin Pickup. It graded
him on eight performance standards and five goals.
The performance standards he was graded on were chief school
officer, educational leadership, personnel management, facilities
management, financial management, community relations, communication
and interpersonal relations, and professional responsibilities.
His five goals were to increase student achievement, improve
communication within and outside the school system, maintain and
recommend innovative practices, develop a culture and environment of
high academic standards, and develop a strong school board/
On each performance standard, the board assigned McKendrick a
score of 1 through 5. A score of 1 means his performance was poor;
2,below average; 3, average; 4, above average; and 5, excellent. He
mostly scored 4s.
As chief school officer, McKendrick was given a 4.25.
"Implements policies, programs and operations ... very
effectively," a board member said in the evaluation.
The board said some of the areas where McKendrick could improve
in this area were explaining recommended actions to the board before
the board meeting, examining policies implemented in the past two
years and improving communication with employees and the community.
On educational leadership, McKendrick scored a 4.14.
Board members said, "Professional development programs and
opportunities for all personnel have made amazing strides" and "Has
done an excellent job of making instruction the No. 1 priority for
Areas of improvement were that he needs to closely scrutinize
decisions made by his staff at all levels and generate more
discussion about measures of student achievement.
On personnel management, he received a 3.92.
Board members said they were pleased that McKendrick had raised
their hiring standards for teachers. They thought he could improve
on grooming internal candidates, increase diversity in all
departments of the central office and track how prepared incoming
On facilities management, board members gave him a 4.25.
The board said the reopening of rebuilt schools and opening of
new schools at the start of the school year was a huge success. They
said he could improve on planning and closely monitoring
On financial management, he scored a 4.19.
The board said he worked well with the Legislature to get tornado
funding but failed to apply for state-provided pre-K funding on
The board gave McKendrick a 3.63 on community relations, which
was his lowest score. …