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ESD gives Wilmot high marks

April 21, 2011
Crystal Nelson - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ALPENA - Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education completed its annual evaluation of Superintendent Brian Wilmot. The board determined Wilmot has met or exceeded expectations in all seven categories, according to board President John Pines.

The board began evaluating Wilmot in March and critiqued him on his relationship with the board, community relations, internal staff relations/district climate, relations with constituent districts, district finance, implementation of district goals and leadership in education/student acheivement.

"We also think that Mr. Wilmot and his administrative team should be commended for their work in the area of district finance," Pines said, reading from the board's written evaluation. "To grow a fund balance in light of today's budget uncertainties is a notable achievement."

According to the written evaluation, the growth of the fund balance was accomplished by sound fiscal management practices, along with focusing available resources on the ESD's most important priorities and most effective programs.

Pines also read that Wilmot is an asset to the district as well as the community and thinks about student achievement, the AMA ESD's strategic plan and the budget. The board unanimously approved a contract extension for Wilmot through the 2011-12 school year.

In addition to extending Wilmot's contract, the board authorized contracts for 33 professional, 16 paraprofessional and five administrative staff for the 2011-12 school year. The board has adopted a compensation plan for administrative staff based upon responsibility, previous experience, professional development and the level of education attained. Additionally, the board authorized contracts for nine individuals whose contracts must be renewed annually.

Making sure it was in compliance with the Michigan Tenure Law and the Professional Staff Master Agreement, the board also granted tenure to teacher consultants Meaghan Gauthier and Julie Bastow as well as teacher Jennifer Straus beginning with the 2011-12 school year. Additionally, another year of probation was granted to six staff members for the 2011-12 school year.

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