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District News

June 10, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

School board commends Schlachter in third year of superintendency

Superintendent of Schools recognized for his focus on effective classroom practices and bringing the community together for long-range planning
 
The Gresham-Barlow School Board commended the leadership of Superintendent Jim Schlachter during his third year as superintendent of schools in its annual evaluation. The board released its report at the June 6 board meeting.
 
The school board praised Schlachter for his continual support of effective programs aimed at increasing student achievement.
 
“Superintendent Schlachter has a steadfast resolve to support those programs that are proven effective in helping students learn,” said Board Chair Dale Clark. “His emphasis on making sure teachers regularly meet to analyze student data and identify what’s working in the classroom is a key component of his work to increase test scores and student success.”
Superintendent Schlachter also received high marks for community engagement and long-range planning work.  This year the school district explored the possibility of a school bond measure to renovate schools and improve classroom technology.
 
“Superintendent Schlachter brought together students, staff, and community members in planning for a school bond,” said Clark. “He provided several venues for people to engage in conversations about the learning needs of our students and the condition of our school buildings.”
 
The board also commended Mr. Schlachter for effectively aligning the district’s resources to the priorities identified in the district’s strategic plan and ensuring the district’s mission and vision are used in decision-making.
 
Schlachter was appointed superintendent of schools in July of 2010. Prior to that, he served as assistant superintendent for two years. Before becoming assistant superintendent, he spent four years as the district’s K-8 Director. He has also served as principal of Gordon Russell Middle School and Damascus Middle School. In addition to his administrative experience, Schlachter spent eighteen years in the classroom teaching high school and middle school science.
 
The board’s annual evaluation focused on five areas.
Superintendent Evaluation Categories:
·     Accomplished Educators – Leadership, Culture, Human Resource Systems, and Practices
·     Resource Management – Policy, Governance, and Organizational Management
·     Community Engagement and Partnerships-Communication, Community Relations, and Partnerships
·     Teaching and Learning – Educational Systems and Practices
·     District Goals
 
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