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March 14, 2013

School chief goes under microscope

Evaluation key to whether Scully will be offered new contract

HAVERHILL — School Superintendent James Scully is about to undergo his first formal evaluation since being hired 21/2 years ago.

Scully, 65, a former Lawrence superintendent and Consentino School principal in Haverhill, came out of retirement to serve as Haverhill’s interim superintendent in 2010. Six months later, he was given the permanent job and then a highly debated pay raise from $150,000 to $185,000 per year.

Since then, committee members have praised his performance and credited him for many changes and improvements in the district. They include improved MCAS scores, an expanded full-day kindergarten program and a revitalized high school athletic program.

In an interview yesterday, Scully said he has not decided whether he wants a contract extension.

“I’m happy here, and there are some things I want to follow through on,” he said. “But when it’s time to move on, it’s time to move on.”

As for the upcoming evaluation, Scully said he is looking forward to it.

“One of my big goals for the district is more accountability for everyone and that includes me,” he said. “So I want to be evaluated.”

School Committee President Paul Magliocchetti said he will begin the evaluation process at tonight’s committee meeting by providing his colleagues with forms that will be used to rate Scully in dozens of areas based on new state guidelines.

The superintendent will be graded exemplary, proficient, satisfactory or unsatisfactory in those areas, Magliocchetti said. Individual evaluations by each of seven committee members will then be consolidated into a final report, Magliocchetti said. The final evaluation is due by the end of the school year in June, he said.

“The final report will also be an evaluation of the school district as a whole, because the superintendent is in charge,” Magliocchetti said. “A big part of it is going to be looking at the goals we set for the district and whether we, as individuals and as a whole, believe he is meeting those goals and our expectations.”

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