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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rock Hill Schools Update #rockhill #rockhillschools

At Monday morning's Rock Hill School Board meeting, the following individuals were approved for employment:

Karen Price, research specialist (new position) (Karen is new to district.)
Heather Rollings, instructional specialist (new position) (teacher from India Hook Elementary)
Shemia Thompson, instructional specialist (new position) (teacher from York Road Elementary)
Kevin Wren, safety/security environmental manager (revised position) (Kevin is new to district.)
Heather Andrus, asst. principal at Northwestern High School(vacant position) (teacher from Northwestern)

The board also approved a new position of "Clinical Lead Nurse."

The board metin Executive Session to evaluate  last year's district performance  and issued the statement below:

Public Statement

This morning the Board of Trustees of Rock Hill School District Three met in Executive Session to discuss the Superintendent’s annual performance evaluation. This process is required by board policy and the district’s employment contract with the superintendent.

This year the board attempted to focus its attention, not just on Dr. Moody’s performance
but upon the overall performance of the district.

We have had a very rewarding year. Commitment to teacher excellence was again demonstrated as, for the fourth time in five years, we had a Teacher of the Year state finalist. We were prudent with tax dollars by balancing the 2013-14 operating budget and funding iRock without a tax increase. We have led the state in saving energy dollars, over $1 million a year, with efficiency improvements and with Energy Star designation for our facilities. Our staff continues to receive state and national recognition for outstanding work in their field. Our iRock initiative to improve student performance has been touted as a key to revitalization of the downtown Rock Hill community, and the partnership garnered in developing this process produced the largest fund-raising effort in the history of the Rock Hill School District Foundation.

We are extremely excited about the potential that iRock and challenge-based learning will have on improving academic performance. There should be no mistake: Improving academic performance is this board’s primary goal for next year. We support administrative plans to improve communication and implement training programs that will positively affect district academic achievement.

The board recognizes these events could not take place without committed and hardworking leadership. We wish to thank the Superintendent and her staff for a job well done. 

With respect to improved academic performance, our top priority, we will ask the Superintendent and her staff for specific recommendations as to areas of focus and specific measures of performance, which recommendations will be publicly discussed and implemented subject to the approval of the board.  The same process will be followed with respect to improved communications and the implementation of training programs.

Based upon the Superintendent’s leadership and performance, we have acted to extend her contract for an additional year or until June 30, 2018, and we have offered a one percent salary increase effective July 1, 2013, as provided in Dr. Moody’s contract and comparable to the increase that will be received by the district’s teachers, which increase Dr. Moody has declined.

________________________________                                                          July 22, 2013

Jim Vining

Board Chairman                                                            

Elaine T. Baker
Director of Information Services
Rock Hill Schools  

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