Shelton superintendent gets another glowing job evaluation
SHELTON — Another year, another glowing evaluation for the city’s school superintendent.
Despite challenging financial obstacles, Schools Superintendent Chris Clouet had an exceptional year as the educational leader of the district, according to an evaluation released on Thursday.
Board Chairman Mark Holden said with the evaluation complete, the board will negotiate a contract extension before the end of November.
“The evaluation reflects the fact Chris is doing an outstanding job for Shelton Public Schools,” Holden said.
Clouet started in January 2016. Last year’s evaluation was also glowing
This year’s evaluation was compiled by the nine-member school board after an executive session on Wednesday.
“He maintains high visibility in the public and in our schools,” according to the written summation. “Dr. Clouet maintains good community relationships and works to improve the consistently strained relationship with city officials.”
That is about as close as the board came in the five-page document to referencing this year’s protracted school bus battle with Mayor Mark Lauretti and the Board of Aldermen.
The city took the district to court this past summer after the district rebuffed a city offer to take over the school bus operation in favor of a private vendor. A court-led settlement resulted.
“Exceptional with communicating to the board updates on the bus situation,” one board member commented.
In each of several areas, board members ranked Clouet on a scale of 1 to 5. The scores were then combined.
On community relations, Clouet scored a 39 out of a possible 45.
“Parents view him as a kind man who cares about students,” wrote one board member.
On educational leadership, Clouet scored a 40.5, on staff relations he got a 39.5. On business and finance he got a 38.5, and on organizational management a score of 41.
One board member said Clouet is creative when looking for alternative resources. Another said he thinks ahead.