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Williamson County Schools Superintendent annual review

Williamson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney received the results of his annual review at last week’s board work session and saw the results ratified at the Tuesday board meeting.

Though the board had three new board members and one vacancy when the results were tallied recently, Looney’s grades were within .01 percent of his rating last year. Looney received 227.4 out of a possible 264 points on a review that rated six specific goal areas. District 1’s Kenneth Peterson, District 3’s P.J. Mazera and District 7’s Robert Hullett were newly elected during the last election season. The District 6 was vacated when former board member Terry Leve moved to Colorado. That seat was recently filled by Cherie Hammond, who was appointed by the Williamson County Commission last week.

The text of his goals and all comments from board members is below.

Goal No. 1: The superintendent will lead the district to an increase in the average composite ACT score of .30.

District 1 – Kenneth Peterson – 3.5: Dr. Looney has promoted higher ACT scores and implemented instruction that has consistently raised the ACT score for the district and with the help of his staff and educators they met the high goal of a .30 increase for the year. I anticipate Dr. Looney will continue to promote ACT scores and provide

District 2 – Janice Mills – 3: Nice job of meeting a difficult number to move.

District 3 – P.J. Mezera – 3: Excellent work and emphasis on strategies to improve all ACT scores.

District 4 – Tim McLaughlin – 3: Any continuing increase annually in the average composite ACT is good; a .3 increase is excellent as well as a 23.1 in 2012. A special effort in bringing all schools in the same level should be next year’s focus.

District 5 – Gary Anderson – 4: This was an absolutely awesome performance by WCS under Dr. Looney’s leadership.

District 7 – Robert Hullett – 4: Well done. Growth in established excellence is always challenging.

District 8 – Pat Anderson – 3: Great job! We are well on our way to achieving the district goal of 24.

District 9 – Rick Wimberly – 3: Williamson County Schools’ ACT of 30 is an incredibly aggressive goal. Under Dr. Looney’s leadership, the district has experienced impressive growth toward this goal, well within expectations.

District 10 – Eric Welch – 3.5: Williamson County Schools’ ACT composite score increased from 22.8 in 2011 to 23.1 in 2012, meeting the board’s aggressive improvement goal for an already high-achieving district. Dr. Looney should continue to
direct and support staff in providing a rigorous curriculum that challenges and prepares students for their ACTs.

District 11 – Mark Gregory – 3: Very tough goal, but it was accomplished.

District 12 – This stretch goal was met exactly. I applaud Dr. Looney’s willingness to set the bar high and reach for it.

Goal No. 2: The superintendent will lead the school district to a full implementation of BYOT [Bring Your Own Technology] at all schools in the district.

District 1 – Kenneth Peterson – 2.5: Dr. Looney has done a good job getting this program started and implemented in the school system, however I believe there needs to be additional training for teachers and accountability to insure this program is being
utilized in the classrooms. I do anticipate Dr. Looney building on this program over the next coming year and look forward to seeing all teachers prepared to fully implement this program inside their classrooms.

District 2 – Janice Mills – 4: Outstanding job of bringing technology to all classrooms.

District 3 – P.J. Mezera – 2: I think there was a tremendous effort to introduce BYOT to all schools. There is an overall lack in instructional use or integration into the curricula.

District 4 – Tim McLaughlin – 4: A lot of effort was put in place to fully implement BYOT. Well done! I’m eagerly interested to see how effective it will be as a tool over the next year in improving education.

District 5 – Gary Anderson – 4: Excellent presentation of this program to the general public in staff. Wonderful media coverage and well organized roll out.

District 7 – Robert Hullett – 4: Again well done. I was fortunate to witness BYOT in use during a site visit with Leadership Brentwood. Now the challenge will be in growing how and why we utilize the technology to better serve our students.

District 8 – Pat Anderson – 4: Outstanding! The thoughtful, deliberate process of the BYOT implementation is evident in the success of the program. Preparing and education staff, parents, students, and the community were key contributors to the successful district implementation.

District 9 – Rick Wimberly – 3.2: Expectations have been met. The implementation plan is strong, execution has been effective, and significant progress has been made. “Full implementation” will take more time, but Dr. Looney and his team clearly are on the right track.

District 10 – Eric Welch – 3.3: The district achieved a 100 percent integration of the BYOT program in all WCS schools upon completion of a successful pilot program. Vendors were identified and trained in the BYOT requirements. Parent resources
explaining the program were made available and distributed. Dr. Looney should continue to support the integration of the BYOT program in the classroom as appropriate and helpful to instruction. Teachers should be provided continuing education opportunities that share best practices of technology integration for students. Dr. Looney should work with the board in reporting integration efforts in the classroom at the school level.

District 11 – Mark Gregory – 4: Great job, smooth implementation.

District 12 – Vicki Vogt – 4: The BYOT program was carefully developed and fully implemented. Communication efforts to introduce BYOT to the community were extensive and went beyond my expectations.

Goal No. 3: The superintendent will lead the district to improvement of 5 percent on TCAP scores as measured by the percentage of proficient and advanced students.

District 1 – Kenneth Peterson – 3: Dr. Looney has done a good job getting this program started and implemented in the school system, however I believe there needs to be additional training for teachers and accountability to insure this program is being
utilized in the classrooms. I do anticipate Dr. Looney building on this program over the next coming year and look forward to seeing all teachers prepared to fully implement this program inside their classrooms.

District 2 – Janice Mills – 4: Excellent job and No. 1 in the state.

District 3 – P.J. Mezera – 4: Great work! Exemplary performance.

District 4 – Tim McLaughlin – 4: Out TCAP scores, both achievement and growth, deserve a huge applause to the superintendent and staff. Very well done! Though social studies percentages are lwo, the overall average percentage seems to be 7.3 percent.

District 5 – Gary Anderson – 4: Under the current State of Tennessee pressures on all to succeed, WCS excelled in all TCAP areas. Kudos to Dr. Looney and all WCS.

District 7 – Robert Hullett – 4: Bravo!

District 8 – Pat Anderson – 4: Our incredible scores reflect the focus of our scope and sequence; data-based decisions; and appropriately assigned resources to ensure success for all.

District 9 – Rick Wimberly – 4: WCS improvement in TCAP scores is an extraordinary achievement, in excess of expectations, and exemplifies Dr. Looney’s strong leadership and superb performance by his teach throughout WCS.

District 10 – Eric Welch – 4: The district’s TCAP scores have exceeded all reasonable expectations and is now the state’s highest achieving district by a wide margin. The district’s top growth scores show that WCS students are being challenged and increasing their lead over their peers by an expanding margin, expanding margin, earning the district all As on the state report card. All measured subgroups have also shown growth and special needs students in Williamson County now exceed the statewide mean achievement score. Dr. Looney should continue to direct rigorous curriculum and increasing standards in the classroom. Dr. Looney should also focus on shrinking the achievement gap of sub-groups and the general student population , but NOT at the expense of slowing growth for students in top quintiles.

District 11 – Mark Gregory – 4: The numbers speak for themselves. Exemplary performance, indeed!

District 12 – Vicki Vogt – 4: Williamson County Schools have an amazing report card for 2011-12. The TCAP scores exceeded expectations in every respect.

Goal No. 4: The superintendent will successfully present a comprehensive plan for adoption relating to the creation of an Educational Foundation.

District 1 – Kenneth Peterson – 3: Dr. Looney established this Foundation with great people and I look forward to seeing their accomplishments.

District 2 – Janice Mills – 4: Good work! Not only adoption of plan but a chartered foundation is on its way!

District 3 – P.J. Mezera – 3: Done. Goal achieved.

District 4 – Tim McLaughlin – 3: The Foundation has been adopted. My thanks to the many as well as the Superintendent in this achievement. What the Foundation now can mean to our school system has yet to be decided.

District 5 – Gary Anderson – 4: Dr. Looney presented a comprehensive plan and moved the initiative forward. He met the expectations and did not let it fall from focus.

District 7 – Robert Hullett – 4: The future of this idea is bright. There is great work ahead of us.

District 8 – Pat Anderson – 4: Good job! Invest Now is another great way to reach out to the community.

District 9 – Rick Wimberly – 4: Dr. Looney has exceeded expectations. His goal was to present a plan for adoption, with creation anticipated many months from now. Instead, staff research has been conducted, a steering committee appointed, and a Foundation actually formed … well ahead of schedule.

District 10 – Eric Welch – 3.5: The WCS Education Foundation has been successfully chartered in advance of the targeted timeline.

District 11 – Mark Gregory – 4: Great start, ahead of expectations.

District 12 – Vicki Vogt – 4: The Education Foundation has already been formed and chartered. An on-line investment program has also been created. The intention of the goal was achieved much quicker than anticipated. This is truly a major accomplishment for Williamson County Schools.

Goal No. 5: The Superintendent will develop and present an incentive plan to recruit hard to fill positions in the district.

District 1 – Kenneth Peterson – 2.5: Dr. Looney has worked to get more competitive in pay and the District has done some positive things to provide for quality, but as a district we need to do more to provide for our educators. Dr. Looney needs to look at ways to provide reasons for educators to stay in the profession and added incentives need to be
provided. As the Superintendent I would also like to see him look for ways to provide additional resources and expenses to the teachers for their classrooms.

District 2 – Janice Mills – 3: no comment

District 3 – P.J. Mezera – 2: Additional work needs to be done in this goal. Especially in C.T.E. and nurse recruitment.

District 4 – Tim McLaughlin – 2: This goal needs more work! We need to be able to attract the best of the best! I appreciate the work in nursing and central office staff, but there is so much more needed within the school system.

District 5 – Gary Anderson – 3: Dr. Looney met this goal, but I feel that part of what was done was reactionary and not acted on soon enough after the initial wage and hour study was concluded by HR. It is now met, just wish it was met sooner.

District 7 – Robert Hullett – 4: Continued effort should be placed here, however, this goal is directly tied to our public service relationships across our county and cannot simply be accomplished with the broad stroke of the pen. We must continue to nurture these relationships.

District 8 – Pat Anderson – 3: This is a move in the right direction.

District 9 – Rick Wimberly – 2.5: While progress has been made in certain compensation areas, and Dr. Looney has clearly, publically, and repeatedly stated his concern about this area, no plan per se has been developed and presented for recruiting hard to fill positions.

District 10 – Eric Welch – 3.5: Dr. Looney has worked to make starting salaries for WCS teachers more competitive and in line with surrounding Middle TN districts and districts statewide. Dr. Looney should continue to work with the Williamson County legislative delegation and similar districts to improve the BEP formula and create more equity amongst districts, allowing WCS to be competitive in its compensation packages.

District 11 – Mark Gregory – 3: This is a challenge. That is why it is called “hard” to fill!

District 12 – Vicki Vogt – 4: Boosting entry level teacher pay and implementing the incentive plan have had a positive effect. Employee retention and recruitment are important to the vitality of Williamson County Schools. I appreciate the initiative Dr.
Looney has demonstrated regarding this goal.

Goal No. 6: The Superintendent will develop a tracking system to gauge student participation in extracurricular activities using 2011-12 as a baseline year.

District 1 – Kenneth Peterson – 4: Dr. Looney has met this goal and provided terrific data to help build our programs throughout the district. His vision of being nationally recognized for the Arts is very evident and his work to secure the Performance Art
Centers was a key to receiving exemplary performance in this category.

District 2 – Janice Mills – 3: no comment

District 3 – P.J. Mezera – 2: The tracking system appears to only track High School; and has no distinction beyond atheletics; nor does it take into account multiple activities by the same students. Needs improvement.

District 4 – Tim McLaughlin – 3: We have developed a tracking system baseline to start, but now how will it be used to attract and draw more students to participate in all middle and high schools.

District 5 – Gary Anderson – 3: I feel that the tracking system, especially for athletics needs some work. The information on the arts piece is good, but the same cannot be said for the athletic piece. Just needs a better tracking system developed and implemented, but what is currently presented gives us some raw big picture data.

District 7 – Robert Hullett – 4: Well done. And again, we must continue the discovery process as we search for solutions to challenges our students face in their decision making processes, where their class schedules might conflict with the pursuits of their extracurricular dreams and aspirations.

District 8 – Pat Anderson – 3: The use of this tracking system will help to insure the district provides opportunities for all students.

District 9 – Rick Wimberly – 3: The Superintendent has met expectations in developing a tracking system; would like to see more analysis, establishment of goals, and plans for reaching them.

District 10 – Eric Welch – 3.4: Dr. Looney has put in place a curriculum specialist for fine arts and began a tracking process for participation in extracurricular activities. Dr. Looney has also secured support for facility repairs and construction in the support of those activities. As research has shown that participation in extracurricular activities has a positive impact on school attendance, academic achievement, and aspiring to attend an institution of high education upon graduation. Dr. Looney should continue to encourage student participation in these activities through access to a variety of clubs/teams,
supporting the creation of new programs, and encouraging staff to become sponsors and coaches. Dr. Looney should also continue to support the availability and repair of faculties for extracurricular activities on campus and in the community.

District 11 – Mark Gregory – 4: Great work creating and filling a fine arts position. Super job lobbying for the auditoriums.

District 12 – Vicki Vogt – 4: The tracking system has recently started. Extracurricular activities will be enhanced throughout the district because Dr. Looney didn’t limit the goal to just tracking. I anticipate additional benefits from having a fine arts specialist and a redefined athletics specialist.

Additional Comments:

District 1 – Kenneth Peterson: no comment

District 2 – Janice Mills: You have done an excellent job of leading WCS. The district continues to move forward as a result of your innovative ideas, tenacity, and the respect that you exhibit in the day to day operation of the system. I appreciate the
straightforwardness in dealing with the board, parents, commissioners and staff while still exhibiting empathy and understanding. Keep up the excellent work. I am looking forward to working with you and making WCS the school district that others strive to be.

District 3 – P.J. Mezera: no comment

District 4 – Tim McLaughlin: no comment

District 5 – Gary Anderson: no comment

District 7 – Robert Hullett: no comment

District 8 – Pat Anderson: We have experienced another successful year under your leadership. You continue to motivate and inspire. While the name at the top of this document is yours, I believe it is important to recognize that the evidences presented in the narrative and the achievements of our goals are the result of hard work, perseverance, and dedication by all. We are, indeed, relentlessly focused. Congratulations!

District 9 – Rick Wimberly: no comment

District 10 – Eric Welch: Dr. Looney continues to be aggressive in challenging the status quo in Williamson County Schools and working to accomplish the Board of Education’s vision of becoming a district recognized nationally for students who excel in academics, the arts and athletics.

District 11 – Mark Gregory: no comment

District 12 – Vicki Vogt: Dr. Looney is leading Williamson County Schools to become a district recognized nationally for students who excel in academics, the arts and athletics. His ability to communicate this vision is impressive. I appreciate his focus and
dedication.

Posted on: 1/22/2013

 
 

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