POLL: Is the Schoools Superintendent Doing A Good Job?
Dr. Bernadeia Johnson's contract was just renewed.
Tuesday evening, the Minneapolis Board of Education voted to renew Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson's contract for another three years.
The new contract is not too dissimilar from Johnson's last. She's still paid a $190,000 base salary, but the total possible amount of performance-based bonuses is increased from $30,000 to $40,000. In her previous term, Johnson has pushed through a number of changes, including a measure called "focused instruction" that's designed to make sure all schools are teaching roughly the same topics, and measuring how well students are learning lessons. For more information on focused instruction, see the Minneapolis Public Schools website.
In comments to the board following its vote, Johnson acknowledged the district still had progress to make.
“We must accelerate our results. Too many of our students are achieving at levels far below their potential,” Johnson said. “I am committed to the success of every child. I am committed to our efforts to strengthen teaching and learning in our classrooms. I am committed to stronger engagement with families and the community.”
The board's vote was unanimous, according to the Star-Tribune.
“Our superintendent has chosen once again to lead by example and shown that her number one priority is increasing student achievement for all our students and that she’s willing to be held accountable to that goal,” board Chair Alberto Monserrate said in a statement emailed to reporters. “We look forward to three more years of the superintendent’s leadership. We are confident that we will reach our strategic plan goals with her and that we will work collaboratively and with urgency to make sure all our students reach their full potential.”
With a full-throated endorsement like that, it's clear the school board thinks Johnson is doing a fine job, but what about you? Have your say in the comments section below—How good (or bad) of a job is she doing?