School trustees routinely evaluate teachers, curriculum, administrators and their superintendent.
Now they're evaluating each other.
Weaver Union School District trustees are going through a self-evaluation process and are likely to discuss their findings at Wednesday's board meeting at 5 p.m.
"It's not anything any board should be afraid of," Trustee Karen Wallace said. "If nothing else we will get to know each other better; it could be a team-building experience." Wallace, a Weaver board member for six years, said the process opens a dialogue and helps trustees work toward the same vision for the schools.
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District Superintendent John Curry said the self-evaluation was an outgrowth of his hiring June 24, 2010; the California School Boards Association was enlisted to help with the superintendent search, and their consultant suggested the self-evaluation to trustees.
"It's in vogue for boards to do self-assessments," Curry said. "I'm proud of the board; I love working with them."
Trustee Harry Hose said the board isn't in need of radical change but the evaluation is a tool to gauge how trustees are doing compared with other boards and school districts. "We're doing better than average," Hose said. "We've got to keep a close watch on our money."
Trustee Jennifer Bertuccio, a trustee for more than eight years, said the self-evaluation is a good idea and can only help the district. "We haven't had the time to discuss it," Bertuccio said. "This will make sure we're on the same page; it can only help. It will bring us together with the same focus. Everyone is evaluated; there's no reason to abstain from evaluating each other."
Trustee Renee Nelson, a Weaver trustee for just more than a year, said the self-evaluation process is worthwhile. "It's great to see where we're at and where we're going to go," Nelson said. "We are doing our best to do the best we can with the district."
Gene Stamm, a member of the Merced City School District Board of Education, said board members did the self-evaluation process last year and probably will repeat it in January.
Weaver trustees earlier this month postponed public discussion of the evaluation process because all members were not at the meeting. Trustees completed survey questions that were mailed to the Sacramento-based trustee association to be compiled and returned for review.
Curry also has been involved in the evaluation process and said it has been a fun experience. Survey questions have included beliefs about creation of policies, roles and responsibilities, how well they represent constituents and how effective their board meetings are.
Trustee Robert Freitas couldn't be reached for comment.
Reporter Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.