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Private evaluation into Tahoe Truckee schools superintendent continues

Kyle Magin
Sierra Sun
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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The private evaluation of Superintendent Steve Jennings could be finished and#8220;soon,and#8221; school board President Kristy Olk said this week.

The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board met Monday in closed session to work on Jenningsand#8217; evaluation, and as the board continues to solicit input from itself and staff who directly report to him, the process continues. A review of Jennings has been agendized for board discussion since early August.

Olk gave no firm date for the evaluation to conclude. As with all personnel matters, the school board conducts any evaluation of Jennings in closed session, per state law.

Jennings is in his second school year with the district and has drawn criticism for the districtand#8217;s decision to implement a controversial reconfiguration plan of the lakeside schools. Conversely, the district also drew praise under Jenningsand#8217; leadership for improved federal test scores, especially among English Learner students, who tested well behind their native-English speaking counterparts.

Some in the district would like more say in the evaluation process. Teacherand#8217;s union president Mike Merriman said at a recent school board meeting the teachers who work with Jennings on a daily basis should have more say in the process, which is currently restricted to the board.

In response, Olk said the union has a constant open line of communication with the board in terms of its monthly TTUSD board meeting reports and free reign to contact trustees.

and#8220;My feeling is that I donand#8217;t know any organization that let all the employees evaluate the boss,and#8221; Olk said. and#8220;They come to the board and give a report each month, itand#8217;s not as if they have no communication line, so I wouldnand#8217;t say their voices are left out.and#8221;

Union co-president Jon Halvorsen said the inclusion via correspondence with Olk and the board is fine for now but the group would like more involvement in the future.

and#8220;I think itand#8217;s satisfactory at this point because the conversation had to get started,and#8221; Halvorsen said.

Jenningsand#8217; review will result in a new set of goals for the upcoming school year, Olk said.