ARRSD School Committee gives Fernandes good report card  ​​​​​​​

  • Superintendent Darcy Fernandes received her annual evaluation at Wednesday’s meeting of the Athol Royalston Regional School Committee. From left are committee members Tammy Duquette, Ken Vaidulas, Nancy Melbourne, and Fernandes. Greg Vine

For the Athol Daily News
Published: 9/19/2019 9:55:21 PM
Modified: 9/19/2019 9:55:09 PM

ATHOL – With little comment, Superintendent Darcy Fernandes received the results of her annual evaluation by the Athol-Royalston Regional School Committee Wednesday night. The results were overwhelmingly positive. The superintendent, who is starting her third year at the head of the district, was scored in several categories and subcategories.

Members of the committee determined Fernandes had met performance goals for professional practice and student learning, while meeting or exceeding goals for district improvement.

In all five categories under instructional leadership – curriculum, instruction, assessment, evaluation, and data-informed decision making – she received a rating of proficient. Under the heading of management and operations, Fernandes was again rated proficient in all five subcategories: environment; human resource management and development; scheduling and management information systems; law, ethics, and policies, and; fiscal systems.

When it came to family and community engagement, the superintendent received a rating of proficient in engagement, sharing responsibility, and communication. The committee, however, said Fernandes needs improvement when it comes to addressing “family and community concerns in an equitable, effective, and efficient manner.” Her overall score in the category, nonetheless, was proficient.

Professional culture was the final category scored. Fernandes was rated proficient for commitment to high standards, cultural proficiency, communication, continuous learning, and shared vision. Committee members did say she needs improvement when it comes to managing conflict. Once again, the superintendent was rated proficient overall.

The committee also determined she had met goals for professional practice, student learning, and district improvement.

“I’d like to congratulate the superintendent on a very successful evaluation,” said committee member Mitch Grosky, “and also on the great progress the school system has made.”

“It’s great to see we’ve accomplished so many things,” added committee member Charles Pretti. “I really appreciate the job you do.”

Fernandes’ evaluation was presented after it was first presented at the committee’s last meeting, when there seemed to be some confusion over how final results were calculated. At that time, it was decided to re-examine the evaluation and the compilation of the final scoring for the superintendent.

“I just wanted to take one minute to say ‘thank you’ to the committee for reviewing and re-evaluating that document,” said Fernandes. “I also want to say ‘thank you’ to the team, and that includes myself, the district administrators, teachers, and staff, because I can’t reach goals unless other people are on board and move forward. I think we’ve done a really good job at building a team here in Athol Royalston.”

“For me,” she continued, “that evaluation is representative of everyone, not just myself. I just want to say ‘thank you’ to everyone for all of their efforts as well.”


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