Marietta school board decides Lembeck’s evaluation tonight
by Lindsay Field
September 18, 2012 01:17 AM | 3017 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marietta Superientendent Emily Lembeck. <br> File photo
Marietta Superientendent Emily Lembeck.
File photo
MARIETTA – The Marietta City School Board will decide tonight whether superintendent Dr. Emily Lembeck has met all the goals set for the 2011-12 school year and determine what she still must do to tackle the board’s priority of increasing student achievement.

The board will also refine its plans to seek renewal as a charter system, and hear from the principals at Dunleith and Sawyer Road elementaries about how their students performed last school year.

According to Lembeck’s evaluation, which covers the district’s 2012 fiscal year, from July 2011 through June 2012, she was judged on increasing academic achievement, the charter system, communication and engagement, fiscal responsibility, personnel, discipline, leadership, preschool and data analysis.

Lembeck has been superintendent of the district since 2005.

Last September, she received a satisfactory evaluation and a $5,000 bonus and school board Vice Chair Randy Weiner said she would receive another $5,000 bonus this year if she receives the same glowing evaluation.

Lembeck’s current salary is $194,561 with benefits and insurance and the $5,000 performance-based bonus.

Weiner said he personally has been very pleased with her performance.

“From what I hear from parents and staff, trust and satisfaction is very high for the district,” he said. “She’s a big part of that and definitely the leader I want and that parents expect for Marietta City Schools.”

Weiner said the evaluation, which is put together by the board chair, helps hold Lembeck accountable.

Under academic achievement, the evaluation indicates that the district improved in 26 of 37 areas on 2011 tests, increased the percentage of students who exceeded the standards on tests from 51 to 56 percent, completed a study to evaluate academic preparedness of ninth graders, and prepared the roll-out of new common core standards.

Weiner said the ninth-grade study was implemented because the district is “really focusing on rectifying the problem” of performance drops when eighth graders move into high school.

“That’s where schools across the state, including ours, are seeing this,” he said. “We want to increase that transition so we’re looking at eighth grade instruction to make sure that students are prepared for high school.”

Lembeck also was responsible for evaluating the options and opportunities of a charter renewal and begin that process, which is due later this fall.

Lembeck’s budget duties were determined by her ability to produce a “fiscally responsible” annual debt and monitoring the economy and state adjustments for funding.

The evaluation shows that Lembeck also continues to monitor discipline issues, specifically repeat offenders. She also met the goals of providing satisfactory leadership to the board and implementing leadership training for future district leaders.

Lembeck explored the feasibility of preschool in Marietta City Schools, which is “still on community school radar,” according to the agenda.

Board Chair Jill Mutimer said only one of the goals, achieve system wide Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as set by the state, was not accomplished because of changes by the state to waive No Child Left Behind.

“Based upon the goals that we put forward last year, I’m pleased with her performance and she is doing a great job,” she said. “She is judged based on the entire performance of the school system.”

Mutimer said next year’s goals include increasing the district’s graduation rate by 20 percent from 2011, showing improvements in 70 percent of categories based on 2012 results, completing the ninth grade transitions study, rolling out common core standards, educating the community on SPLOST IV, obtaining SACS renewal for the district and completing the Marietta High auditorium.

“We just have a lot going on this year that she’s going to be responsible for,” Mutimer said.

Data from 2011 shows that Marietta’s graduation rate, which includes statistics from the high school and two residential treatment centers, dropped from 85.8 percent to 56.0 percent, or 29.8 percentage points, in April after the state began implementing the new graduation calculation method. Rates from 2012 have not been released.

In other news, the board will review whether to renew the district’s charter-system status.

This is the fifth and final year of the current charter. The renewal application is due to the Department of Education by Nov. 1. The board intends to give the application final approval on Oct. 9.

“We want to provide the flexibility for instruction and personnel,” Weiner said about running under a charter system. “We prefer to operate under those guidelines.”

He also said a majority of his constituents continue to be pleased with the district being a charter system.

“It gives us an opportunity for better results,” he said.

Mutimer said the charter status has become part of the culture for Marietta City Schools.

“It is a big positive to us because it allows us the flexibility to be innovative and to not be held to some of the state regulations. I see that more important in going forward in taking our system to the next level.”

Marietta first became a charter system in 2008. The current status will expire in June 2013 and the new renewal will be for another five years.

Charter status is granted by the Georgia Board of Education and a charter system is one that operates according to the terms of its charter or contract that has been approved by the local board of education, said Marietta spokesman Thomas Algarin.

“(It) is held accountable for meeting the performance-based objectives specified in the charter,” he said.

The board will also hear from the principals at Dunleith and Sawyer Road elementaries about how students performed at each school last year.

Weiner has previously said that these reports are given at the beginning of each school year so that school personnel can outline what changes will be made to increase student achievement if necessary.

The principals will review each school’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, and fifth grade writing scores, along with student and teacher attendance, parent involvement and subgroup data.

In other business, the board will consider approving:

* A Memorandum of Understanding with Seongdong District Office of Education in Korea for the students in South Korea to come to the United States to participate in Experience America Camp in Marietta for three weeks.

Lembeck will travel to Korea in October to attend the official signing of the agreement. The trip, which she is personally paying for, will cost approximately $1,530, and she is the only person from the district attending.

“I am excited about finally entering into an official partnership with the Seongdong Gu schools and look forward to visiting schools there as well,” she said. “This compliments opportunities offered by the IB program at MHS.”

The students from Korea have come to Marietta for the last three years and their trips are paid for by the Korean school system.

* A Memorandum of Agreement between the district, State Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Agency to purchase two environmentally friendly school buses for the price of one, $78,816.

The district currently has 23 buses in use that are at least 20 years old.

* The Race to the Top Resource Reallocation Project, which would allow the non-profit organization Education Resources Strategies Inc. of Massachusetts tocessary, could be made in Marietta’s budget, human resources or school designs. The $90,000 grant was awarded to the district in August and results should be ready in late 2013.

Tonight’s meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the central office, 250 Howard St., Marietta.
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