The board also agreed to: Include specific general waivers in the district’s most recent charter system renewal application on which Lembeck is seeking feedback from the community; heard from Dunleith Elementary Principal Sarah Towler and Sawyer Road Elementary Principal Debbie Burley about how their students performed last school year; and learned more from Neil Barfield with the Marietta Schools Foundation about the Marietta High auditorium endowment.
Between July 2011 and July 2012, Lembeck was judged on nine different areas of responsibility for her superintendent evaluation, including increasing academic achievement, the charter system, communication and engagement, fiscal responsibility, personnel, discipline, leadership, preschool and data analysis.
Board Chair Jill Mutimer said the board members have discussed her evaluation and future goals in executive session during the last month and they deemed her work satisfactory.
In regards to the extension of Lembeck’s contract, Mutimer said, “This year we awarded a 2 percent raise to our staff and that was our decision to do … we would like to provide her the 2 percent increase that the rest of our staff was provided because we are pleased with her performance.”
The 2 percent increase was determined by Lembeck’s $158,658 base salary and should come to an additional $3,173 for the district chief, bringing her overall salary to about $197,734 including benefits, insurance and the $5,000 performance-based bonus.
“I thank the board for all of your support and confidence in my ability to lead,” Lembeck said. “I work with a great staff and a great school system. You can’t beat the teachers and the administration.”
When discussing the 2013-2018 charter system renewal application, Lembeck advised the board of the general waivers they would be considering for approval to include in the submitted document.
A few of these include waiving class sizes, teacher certification requirements, seat time or parent engagement requirements.
The presentation Lembeck gave to the board is what she will be showing to members of the Marietta City Schools community between Sept. 19-29 to get feedback on moving forward with the process.
The revisions to the document will be posted on the district’s website Oct. 2, a public hearing will be held Oct. 9, followed by board action later that day and the application must be submitted to the state department of education by Nov. 1.
This is the fifth and final year of the current charter. Marietta first became a charter system in 2008. The current status will expire in June 2013.
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.
Both Dunleith and Sawyer Road elementary school principals made brief presentations to the board, reporting how their students performed on last school year’s Criterion-Referenced Competency and IOWA tests and the fifth grade writing assessment, how subgroups were performing, teacher and student attendance, human resources and parent involvement.
Towler at Dunleith was pleased to announce that her school improved higher than any other elementary school in Marietta City.
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity,” she said before her presentation, which included statistics on how students improved overall on the CRCT, how they saw a “great jump” on the writing assessment and how they’ve seen a steady increase in parent involvement since 2009.
Burley, who’s in her first full year as principal at Sawyer Road, said she was disappointed to report decreases in some areas, but explained thoroughly to board members why they had areas of decrease.
However, the students last year did perform well on the CRCT English/Language Arts portion of the test, had across-the-board increases on the IOWA test and she continues to see increasing growth in parent conference week participation.
In other news, the board also heard from the Marietta Schools Foundation Executive Director Barfield.
He spoke to the board about the endowment they are creating to support the future maintenance costs of the Marietta High auditorium currently under construction.
He said that Lembeck has advised him that the building could cost between $150,000 to $200,000 annually to maintain.
“Last April we started making contacts to create some interest in this endowment,” he told board members. “Here we have a list of objects and spaces to try and endow in 2012, 2013 and 2014.”
Endowments include naming rights for the actual building, $1 million; auditorium, $500,000; grand hall, $250,000; concessions, $200,000; band room, choral room and dance room, $150,000 each; stage, $100,000; boys and girls dressing rooms, $10,000 each; and seats, $1,000 each.
“This gives everybody in the community an opportunity to make a donation to this auditorium,” Barfield said. “With the seats especially, we’d like to ask people to start signing up. It’s first come, first serve.”
An individual’s name will be placed on each seat along with a plaque in the lobby of the new building.
He reminded that the nearly $4 million in endowment funds they are seeking, “will remain in endowment. It’s not spent. It’s invested.”
In other business, the board approved:
n 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.
n 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.
n The Race to the Top Resource Reallocation Project, which would allow the non-profit organization Education Resources Strategies Inc. of Massachusetts to assist in a study of 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.