Duluth School Board ranks superintendent as 'very competent' in review
Feb 27, 2013 (Duluth News Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The Duluth School Board is, on average, happy with the performance of Superintendent Bill Gronseth.
The board met in closed session Tuesday to evaluate Gronseth, who has held the position for 14 months after I.V. Foster's short tenure. The overall ranking Gronseth received was "very competent," which is a 4 on a scale of 1 to 5. The ranking means he exceeds the expectations of his job description, and his performance exceeds his job requirements, according to the evaluation instrument used. The categories he was judged on are:
--Leadership and communication qualities
--Curriculum and instructional leadership
--Community and public relations
--Business and financial management
--Planning and goals
No other information was available to the public.
Board member Mary Cameron said she's pleased with Gronseth's performance.
"If you look back, you know I did not support him originally," she said. "But I've seen him grow."
She appreciates that he's earning a doctoral degree, she said, and his efforts to get along with board members.
Chairman Tom Kasper said he's impressed with Gronseth's community outreach work.
"He's really made himself available to folks with concerns," he said. "He's been out in schools talking with students and staff, and he listens to their ideas and concerns."
He also has been a strong communicator when it comes to the board, he said, and helps members respond to constituents' concerns.
Member Art Johnston, who during the regular meeting's public comment period on Tuesday submitted a Minnesota Data Practice Act request for a list of all Red Plan contracts among other items, criticized Gronseth for not providing him with such information. He has made such requests before, he said.
"Part of his performance should be responding to things like this," he said after the meeting.
Member Ann Wasson said Gronseth had a year "with a lot on his plate."
"He's met those challenges well," she said. "He's a strong leader that really cares about kids and education."
Gronseth has 1 1/2 years remaining on his contract.
--The board also approved the one-year expulsion of a Lincoln Park Middle School student for verbal and physical altercations with staff.
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