The District 56 School Board met with Superintendent Dr. David O’Shields on November 1st for their annual evaluation. This past week, Board Chair James Barton released his letter to the Superintendent with a summary of that evaluation.
Barton indicated he was pleased to report that the Board remains satisfied with O’Shield’s performance during the past year, indicating he’s made good progress toward his goals. These included focusing on implementing the Board’s vision, academic achievement, personnel management, fiscal responsibility, policy development and superintendent-Board relations. Barton said to the Superintendent, “The Board believes that you continue to be a visible and positive presence in the community, are dedicated to our students and this school system, and exhibit a depth of knowledge of instructional issues.” He added “Although student achievement increased in many areas, other areas, particularly including history at the high school, deserve a renewal of efforts to ensure better achievement. The Board also believes that efforts need to be made at all levels to teach students “soft skills” in order to be successful in life.”
In light of the positive evaluation, the District 56 School Board voted to extend Dr. O’Shields’ contract for one year, through June 30, 2019, and increased his salary by 2.0%, effective July 1, 2016, which is the same increase provided all teachers who have in excess of 22 years of experience.