Wednesday, August 30, 2000

Schools link pay to achieving goals

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        MIDDLETOWN — Pay for the Middletown schools' top educational and fiscal leaders will be tied to their performance.

        Middletown is among a small but growing group of Tristate school districts to link compensation to performance. In the Cincinnati Public Schools, teachers' and principals' raises both are based in part on performance.

        “These goals will reflect areas of academic achievement, administrative leader ship and financial management,” said Dr. Mark Frazer,president of the Middletown Board of Education. “They will be challenging but obtainable.”

        The Middletown board decided on the plan Monday after evaluating Wayne Driscoll,entering his third year as superintendent and Edmund Pokora, finishing his 11th year as treasurer.

        They will receive cost-of-living increases only if they successfully complete annual evaluations by the board. They can earn increases up to 6 percent based on how many goals are met. The superintendent's goals include improving graduation and attendance rates, increasing proficiency test scores and implementing improvement plans. Among the treasurer's goals are cash and financial management, negotiating collective bargaining agreements and implementing at least one new employee benefit plan.

        “These are reachable in the sense we have a great team at all levels,” Mr. Driscoll said. “I have great confidence in our parents, teachers and students.”

        Mr. Pokora said, “It's a bold step in our district, something new and different. I look on it as a challenge. They (goals) are reachable but not pushovers.”


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