On Tuesday, Nov. 11, Joplin Schools Board of Education met to review their self evaluation facilitated by the Missouri School Board Association. The self evaluation included more than 100 questions over a variety of topics including how the school board works together, the role of the school board, student achievement, professional development, school data, and more. During the two-hour session, members discussed the results of the survey and identified several common areas of focus including:
Monitoring student achievement through progress reports throughout the year and watching for annual improvement
Clear and measurable expectations for the superintendent
Making decisions based on data and making sure the data presented is useful
Additional staff, parent, and patron engagement to assist the board with determining what is important to stakeholders and to encourage their participation in district accomplishments and challenges
"We have several new board members, and this self evaluation is a first step in helping our board work more closely together to benefit the students, staff, and patrons of Joplin Schools," said Anne Sharp, BOE president. "Understanding the areas where we have differences of opinion and working together to develop a clear direction will make us a stronger, more effective board."
The meeting adjourned early to allow board members to attend the annual Celebration of Schools event held by the Southwest Center for Educational Excellence. During that celebration, several Joplin Schools' staff members were recognized for their achievements this past year including JHS teacher Karisa Boyer, Athletic Director Jeff Starkweather, JHS Assistant Principal Sandra Cantwell, and FTC instructor John Rutledge.