This architectural team has worked on 11 other districts’ central offices in the past, Thomas said.
“This is an opportunity for someone to prove what they are capable of doing,” he said, pointing out that next on the list for school renovations is Silver Creek Elementary and Foley Middle schools, after White Hall, Daniel Boone and Kit Carson elementary schools, which are scheduled to begin this summer.
Professional Growth Effectiveness System (PGES)
Board members were updated on new evaluation procedures for educators through the Professional Growth Effectiveness System.
PGES is one layer of the state’s school accountability and assessment system, Unbridled Learning.
According to the state department of education, the vision for PGES is to have “every student taught by an effective teacher and every school led by an effective principal. The goal is to create a fair and equitable system to measure teacher and leader effectiveness and act as a catalyst for professional growth.”
To implement this system, Kentucky adopted the “Framework for Teaching,” based on the work of teaching effectiveness expert Charlotte Danielson. It looks at indicators of effective teaching in planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction, professional responsibilities and student growth, according to KDE’s website.
Under the new system, which has been piloted in schools since 2012-13 school year, both tenured and nontenured teachers will be evaluated differently. The program will be fully implemented in 2015.
Currently, tenured teachers undergo a formal evaluation every three years, with perhaps one informal observation during that time, Thomas said. Under the new system, tenured teachers would have one formal observation, two mini observations and a peer observation every three years.
Previously, nontenured teachers have had two formal observations annually but now will be required to have two formal observations, one mini observation and one peer observation each year.
Evaluations for principals and superintendents also will be phased in.