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Postive review for RC superintendent

December 17, 2012
Jordan Travis - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ROGERS CITY - For the second year in a row, Rogers City Area Schools' superintendent got a positive review from district board members.

Kathleen Makowski met or exceeded the school board's expectations in seven categories, board President Bryan Hall said after her evaluation Monday. It's her second review while working as superintendent after taking the position in July 2011. She continues to work as elementary school principal, a job she started two years before becoming superintendent.

"I'm pleased by all the positive comments, and we continue to work towards student success," she said.

Makowski was evaluated on her relationship with the board, community relations, superintendent-staff relations, business and finance handling, educational leadership, personal qualities and her achievement of goals, Hall said.

"The board was very pleased with superintendent's performance," he said. "We're grateful to have her."

The board reviewed Makowski's performance earlier than usual due to a recent school election law change, Hall said. In January, two new board members will join, rather than during the summer as they would have before.

"This way, the board members who worked with her evaluate her, rather than the two new board members coming on in January who've never worked with her," he said.

On Jan 14, 2013, the board's next meeting, board members are expected to instruct Hall to negotiate with Makowski for a one-year extension to her contract, he said.

"Usually what happens is, she was offered a three-year contract, and she's going to be down to two," he said. "The norm is if your superintendent has a positive evaluation, you keep an extra year added on so they always have a three-year contract."

In other business, board members unanimously voted to join the North Star League. Athletics director Pat Lamb said the move makes sense for a handful of reasons, including more comparable enrollment sizes relative to some of the schools they currently play. Switching leagues also would make it easier to schedule junior high school girls basketball and volleyball games, the latter being a prospective new sport for the league. If accepted, the district will leave the Ski Valley Conference for football and the Straits Area Conference for all other sports.

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