Lafourche superintendent earns excellent rating

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 12, 2014 at 8:51 a.m.

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THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — The Lafourche Parish School Board has given Superintendent Jo Ann Matthews an excellent rating for her spring semester evaluation.

Board policy requires members to review Matthews' performance every semester, once in fall and again in spring.

The Courier reports ( ) school board members combined Matthews' fall and spring results at their Wednesday meeting and discussed them with the superintendent in executive session.

When performing evaluations, board members look at the superintendent's record, including how she manages the budget, the finances and employees. Matthews was also evaluated according to student test scores and performance.

While board members couldn't talk about the board's specific compliments or criticisms of Matthews because that is a personnel matter, board member Dennis Chiasson said Matthews always receives good marks.

"She does a hell of a job here as our superintendent. She always knows what's going on, and she keeps us informed and calls the shots," he added.

This is Matthews' 10th year as superintendent. She credits her excellent score to teamwork and the support she receives from board members and the school system.

"I received an excellent rating, so I'm very pleased by that," she said. "There's been a lot of hard work between me, the staff and the board, and we recognize that we have wonderful teachers that make sure our students are successful. So all of this combined helps to build a great district."

While the superintendent and her staff wait to hear word from the state on whether Common Core education standards and testing will be implemented this fall, she said she will continue preparing the district for whatever comes next.

"We are going to continue to work hard next year," she said. We have no idea what's going to happen with the state or where they're going with this. But our only wish is that they will make a decision — one decision soon because this causes a lot of stress for our teachers, and they really deserve to know the direction education is going to go in the state of Louisiana."


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